Asterix and Obelix, Mission Cleopatra (2002) - Trailer
The book begins with an argument between Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, and Julius Caesar, in which Caesar belittles the accomplishments of the Egyptian people. Infuriated, Cleopatra makes a wager with Caesar promising to build a new palace in Alexandria within three months. Cleopatra summons Edifis, who claims to be the best architect in Egypt. She promises Edifis that if he builds the palace on time he will be covered with gold; if he fails, he will be a meal for the sacred crocodiles. He bribes the stone-delivery man to throw his quarry away, tries to lock the Gauls inside a pyramid, kidnaps Edifis and tries to frame the Gauls by sending a poisoned cake to Cleopatra. Just before the palace is due to be completed, Caesar intervenes by sending legions to try and arrest the Gauls. The Gauls fight off the Roman soldiers, but the commanding officer proceeds to shell the building with his catapults.
Overseen by Asterix creators Goscinny and Uderzo who had no involvement in the production of the first film Asterix the Gaul , the film is noticeably more well-produced than its prequel, featuring far more detailed animation and a more polished soundtrack. Asterix and Cleopatra is practically a musical, featuring three individual song sequences and a more varied score than the earlier film. Elements of satire and surreal humour such as Cleopatra's singing lion and the engraving of Santa Claus on the pyramid wall are prominent throughout. After a heated argument with Julius Caesar over his lack of faith in the Egyptian people, Queen Cleopatra enters into a bet claiming that she can have a magnificent palace constructed for him in Alexandria within three months. She gives this enormous task to her best architect Numerobis despite his shortcomings , informing him that he will be covered with gold if he succeeds or thrown to the crocodiles if he fails.