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April and the Extraordinary World(Avril et le monde truqué)

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France, Belgium, Canada · 2015
Rated PG · 1h 43m
Director Christian Desmares
Starring Marion Cotillard, Philippe Katerine, Jean Rochefort, Olivier Gourmet
Genre Thriller, Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Fantasy, Science Fiction

In an alternate-reality version of 1941 France where progress has been halted in the 1870s, scientists mysteriously disappear. April is a young woman whose family was separated by government forces trying to arrest her grandfather. She continues to work on the immortality serum that her family had almost perfected to save her talking cat, Darwin, and goes on a quest to save her family and the world.

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88 by Brian Tallerico

It feels somewhat clichéd to call an animated adventure film a “delight,” but it’s the best word for the latest from GKids, April and the Extraordinary World, a joyful, accomplished movie that echoes “The City of Lost Children,” “The Adventures of Tintin,” “Metropolis,” “Howl’s Moving Castle” and something unique into a, well, delightful piece of work.


The Film Stage by Jared Mobarak

Nothing occurs that isn’t meticulously exacting to the story’s trajectory whether it’s seemingly throwaway characters or expert deflections of truth where the pieces are supplied but the underlying machinations are still out of reach.


The Hollywood Reporter by Jordan Mintzer

It’s only when the story heads to pure sci-fi territory later on that April stretches itself a bit thin, though a smart epilogue manages to put things in perspective for both the characters and viewer.


The Playlist by Kimber Myers

There is plenty to marvel at in Tardi’s darker, alternate universe Paris, one that’s best watched with open minds and mouths agape at the incredible visual and storytelling imagination on display.


The A.V. Club by Noel Murray

This movie offers the kind of effortless Euro-adventure, full and fleet, that Steven Spielberg tried and mostly failed to deliver with his big-screen The Adventures Of Tintin.


Variety by Peter Debruge

Here, within a thrilling tale that respects the intelligence of its audience, attentive parents will find the antidote to their fear that watching cartoons might rot your brain. If anything, April and the Extraordinary World seems bound to do the opposite, encouraging children to pursue their own passions and creativity.


Village Voice by Sherilyn Connelly

An all-too-rare example of steampunk done right — which also acknowledges that, however pretty such industrial imagery might seem from afar, actually living in such a world would be kind of horrible.

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