French kids ride in Obelix ass

Over at Parc Asterix, the French theme park based on René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo’s Asterix comic books, there’s an innocent kid’s merry-go-round that just doesn’t look quite right. Asterix’ pal Obelix is used as a model for a merry-go-round seat with, I think, unfortunate results. (Click thumbnails below to enlarge)

(Thanks, Bill Sauder)


  • David Breneman

    How very, very European. :-)

    • a european

      You mean “European” like, I dunno, the invention of the cinema, or of the animation movie ?

      (but okay, the merry-go-round seat is funny)

  • Eric

    Yuck! Goatse.

    • http://los-utopicos.blogspot.com allari

      Goatserix!!
      Yeah cheap shot, but had to say it hahaha!

  • Tom

    There’s no way that Goatse pose is a coincidence.

    • jic

      No, it’s 100% coincidental. Obelix is often shown carrying a heavy object on his back, usually a menhir (Stonehenge-style stone pillar). That’s the pose he always uses to carry them.

      • Chris Sobieniak

        It just seems rather sad to me they were “half-assed” in putting this thing together than taking their time to come up with at least something that may look menhir-ish from the front.

  • uncle wayne

    now that is THE funniest goddam thing you’ve EVER posted!!

  • Clair

    I guess Obelix loves anal.

  • Darby

    Is it called The Prostate Scrambler?

  • amid

    Looks more like ASS-terix to me.

    • http://crinkum-crankum.blogspot.com/ Brandon Waltman

      ZING!

      • http://ramapithblog.blogspot.com David Gerstein

        BLAM!

    • Chris Sobieniak

      By Toutatis’ ass, you’ve got it!

      I assume it was supposed to look like Obelix is lifting a menhir on his back but somehow that part went missing in the plans.

  • Jay Sabicer

    Has there ever been a time, in the history of the Asterix comics line that Obelix has ever commanded that someone quit riding his ass?

    This explains far too much.

  • http://www.forthebirdsblog.blogspot.com Michael J. Ruocco

    I wonder if it echoes in there.

  • Lawrence M

    I actually visited that park last summer and specifically took a picture of this because I thought it was so strange.

  • http://www.enigmation.de slowtiger

    Uhm, over at failblog.org you’ll see hundreds of pics of badly designed park rides or playground items, featuring all your beloved characters from whatever TV series. No need to jump at this specific french comic (which is a very fine one – if you ever cared to read it.)

    • http://animationinventory.blogspot.com/ Teodor

      I agree.
      Find some super-hero comic book from America for mocking.

      • The Gee

        Aw, c’mon, fellows! It is all in good fun.
        Here in the states we know all of the crappy stuff like that ride that’s worth mocking. The stuff stays around like monuments to previous generation’s tackiness.
        I mean, here, people spin around in teacups. Honest to God. It would be cooler if they were bumper cars but they are Teacups. And don’t get me started on the World’s Largest ball of yarn or rubberbands, or the Serra sculptures, or for that matter Christo’s work. There’s acres upon a,cres of goofy stuff here. And, that’s just the tourist attractions.

        At least with that ride, buttloads of people will want to get in that seat. If only to have their pictures taken inside of it.

      • Scarabim

        “Buttload” IS the word, my friend.

    • Carl

      Uhm, aren’t we being a tad oversensitive…?

    • NC

      The comedy comes from the fact that it is a great comic series. It would be like a merry-go-round where you ride Orson Welles’ Charles Kane’s ass. Like Krusty the Klown once said, “Don’t throw a pie at a clown! A clown has no dignity to lose, throw it at a guy with class.”

    • jic

      I have read it, and I remember liking it. I don’t see why it deserves special protection from ridicule though, especially when nobody is making fun of the comic itself.

      • Chris Sobieniak

        I’m surprised there hasn’t really been an Asterix parody I could think of that would be as funny as this.

  • dbenson

    Actually, that looks like one of Obilix’s standard poses: bent over while carrying a huge stone menhir on his back (hence the position of the hands). I would venture a guess that they originally intended for people to ride in a hollowed-out menhir, couldn’t get the scale to work (it would have to be huge to accommodate two people), and went with the figure alone.

    • Chris Sobieniak

      And thus, comedy ensues!

  • http://paperwalker.blogspot.com Florian Satzinger

    Right, funny find. DBenson is quite right. This is Obelix’ standard pose carrying a huge menhir on his back – which is here missing.

    @David Breneman. I’m just curious about what is “very European” with this?

    • David Breneman

      Nothing in particular. It just struck me as funny at the time. BTW, I enjoy every opportunity I get to go to Europe, so it was not meant to be derogatory.

  • Idefix

    @Florian Satzinger

    1. compared to the usa less christian sexual bigotry and therefore less “somebody think of the children”-attitude
    2. The believe that when it comes to children entertainment
    a) good intentions are enough
    b) ambiguity could be ignored because children don’t get it anyway

    • Chris Sobieniak

      Lord knows I’ve seen enough of that in my youth watching those goofy Euro-toons on TV.

  • Rooniman

    Well theres something you don’t see everyday.

  • Katella Gate

    Perhaps when Obelix’ stint on the merry go round is done, he can become an omnimover vehicle at EPCOT, in the upcoming educational adventure: “Mr. Prostate, Your hidden friend”

  • http://www.cartoonsolutions.com Ryan Simmons

    You got any better ideas on where to enter Obelix?

  • top cat james

    Where do they get the unmitigated Gaul to do something like this?