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April and the Extraordinary World

  • Director: Christian Desmares and Franck Ekinci
  • Genre(s): Adventure, Mystery, Thriller, Comedy, Animation
  • Rating: PG
  • Running Time: 105 min.

Paris, 1941. A family of scientists is on the brink of discovering a powerful longevity serum when all of a sudden a mysterious force abducts them, leaving their young daughter April behind. Ten years later, April (voiced by Marion Cotillard) lives alone with her dear cat, Darwin, and carries on her family’s research in secret. But she soon finds herself at the center of a shadowy and far-reaching conspiracy, and on the run from government agents, bicycle-powered dirigibles and cyborg rat spies. Undaunted, she continues her quest to find her parents and discover the truth behind their disappearance. [Gkids]

"The film provocatively has audiences see the world's current ecological concerns in a different and unexpected light."
- Oleg Ivanov, Slant Magazine
"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."
- Kimber Myers, The Playlist
"You miss out on this and you miss out on something entirely, amazingly original and jaw-droppingly entertaining. C’est magnifique!"
- Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"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."
- Brian Tallerico,
"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."
- Peter Debruge, Variety