The only thing that Gauls really, truly fear is that the sky might fall on their heads - and it looks as if just that is about to happen. A terrible thunderstorm is battering the village. To make matters worse, the druid Getafix, who might be able to help them, has been knocked unconscious. For safety's sake, the Gauls decide to leave the village immediately. Only Asterix and, after some hesitation, Obelix remain behind, When the legionnaires see the empty village they enter it in triumph. So pleased they immediately inform Julius Caesar that finally! - All of Gaul has been conquered! Asterix and Obelix take in the sad scene from a safe distance. Suddenly Getafix's eye light up, he must be gaining consciousness - thank the gods, help at last.

Plot summary

When the Romans plan to capture Getafix in order to keep him from making the magic potion, a rescue is attempted by the Gauls, in which Obelix accidentally puts Getafix out of action with a menhir, the impact of which causes amnesia and insanity. While the Gauls come to grips with this, a major storm sweeps over the village and a soothsayer named Prolix seeks shelter with them. He quickly deceives the more credulous villagers about the authenticity of his abilities and after the storm passes he sets up in the forest nearby.

Knowing they won't be able to protect themselves without the magic potion, Asterix and Vitalstatistix desperately attempt to have Getafix brew some, resulting in explosions and the occasional flying cauldron, and thus alert the Romans that something is up. They send a camouflaged, and very reluctant, spy to investigate, who is quickly captured and used as a guinea pig for Getafix' less explosive concoctions. However, one of these makes him lighter than air causing him to float away, where he reports their problem. The Romans soon send a patrol to investigate, and come back with the Soothsayer instead, whom the villagers think had been driven off by a sceptical Asterix. The centurion is quickly convinced that Prolix is genuine (much to his dismay since Gaulish soothsayers are to be arrested) and decides to use him to chase away the villagers. Soon Prolix appears at the gates and foretells doom if the village is not abandoned — apart from Asterix, Obelix and a still crazed and potion brewing Getafix, the entire village leave for a nearby island.

Meanwhile Getafix brews a truly noxious potion whose vapours engulf the village, driving off the Romans who had quickly moved in, but also convincing them that the soothsayer had real abilities since the smell matched his prediction of pestilence. However when Getafix accidentally tastes some he is cured (despite Obelix' attempt to treat his condition with a second tap from a menhir). Getafix soon brews the magic potion and convinces the villagers to test the soothsayer's reliability by having them attack the Roman camp. The soothsayer is quickly "menhired" when he's found to be a fraud, while the centurion is demoted to the ranks for his failure, as the village goes back to normal.


Character France United Kingdom United States
Asterix Roger Carel Bill Oddie Henry Winkler
Obelix Pierre Tornade Bernard Bresslaw Rosey Grier
Prolix Julien Guiomar Ron Moody Bill Martin
Bonemine/Impedimenta/Bonnemine Marie-Anne Chazel Sheila Hancock Lucille Bliss
Panoramix/Getafix/Vitamix Henri Labussière Peter Hawkins Danny Mann
Centurion/Caous/Bossa Nova Roger Lumont Brian Blessed Ed Gilbert
Assurancetourix/Cacofonix/Franksinatrix Edgar Givry and Jean-Jacques Cramier (singing) Tim Brooke-Taylor Neil Ross
Abraracourcix/Vitalstatistix/Bombastix Henri Poirer Douglas Blackwell Greg Burson
Ardeco Patrick Préjean Andrew Sachs Rob Paulsen

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