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April and the Extraordinary World (2015)

Avril et le monde truqué (original title)
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It's 1941 but France is trapped in the nineteenth century, governed by steam and Napoleon V, where scientists vanish mysteriously. Avril (Marion Cotillard), a teenage girl, goes in search of her missing scientist parents.

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Franck Ekinci (screenplay by), Benjamin Legrand (screenplay by) | 4 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Marion Cotillard ... Avril (voice)
Marc-André Grondin ... Julius (voice)
Philippe Katerine Philippe Katerine ... Darwin (voice)
Jean Rochefort ... Pops (voice)
Bouli Lanners ... Pizoni (voice)
Olivier Gourmet ... Paul (voice)
Macha Grenon ... Annette (voice)
Benoît Brière ... Rodrigue (voice) (as Benoit Brière)
Anne Coesens ... Chimène (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carlos Alazraqui ... Additional Voices (voice)
Victor Brandt Victor Brandt ... Additional Voices (voice)
Mark Camacho ... Paul (voice)
Tod Fennell ... Julius (voice)
Angela Galuppo ... April (voice)
Paul Giamatti ... Pizoni (voice)
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In 1941, the world is radically different from the one we know from history books. Geopolitics has developed strangely: Napoleon V rules France and, for the last 70 years, scholars have been mysteriously disappearing, depriving mankind of their inventions. Without radio, television, electricity, aviation, and the combustion engine, the world is mired in outdated technology, dozing in the previous century's knowhow dominated by coal and steam. In this bizarre universe, Avril (Marion Cotillard), a teenage girl, Darwin (Philippe Katerine), her talking cat, Pops (Jean Rochefort), her grandfather, and Julius (Marc-André Grondin), a young scoundrel and police informer, go off in search of Avril's parents, two of the missing scientists. The quartet will face many dangers and mysteries in this strange new Rigged World. Written by Polly_Kat

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Rated PG for action/peril including gunplay, some thematic elements and rude humor | See all certifications »

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Based on graphic novels by Jacques Tardi - also a graphic designer on the film. See more »

Goofs

The introduction takes the initial backstory from 1870 to 1931. The narrator mentions 70 years have elapsed, but that is actually 60 years. See more »

Quotes

Darwin: I could be a warrior - a cat ninja!
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Crazy Credits

The movie's title is not shown until after the introduction of the initial backstory. See more »

Connections

References Metropolis (1927) See more »

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Concerto in C Major for Mandolin
Composed by Antonio Vivaldi
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One of the smartest, most imaginative animations ever.
4 May 2016 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

"Steampunk is ... a joyous fantasy of the past, allowing us to revel in a nostalgia for what never was. It is a literary playground for adventure, spectacle, drama, escapism and exploration. But most of all it is fun!" George Mann

April and the Extraordinary World is an animated French adventure for the whole family (I recommend about 8 years and older) reminiscent of the fantastic 'toons of Hayao Miyazaki (think of Howl's Moving Castle). Leading us through an alternate steampunk history of modern France, April (voice of Marion Cotillard) is a little girl whose scientist parents in 1941 were abducted by the "Empire" to advance the cause, in this case by creating an immortality drug.

With her charming talking cat(a product of the scientists' experiments), April spends her youth confronting malevolent forces like a driven policeman (Javert anyone?), a roguish boy, and nature itself. Not one moment of the 1 hr 45 min is wasted; each is crafted under the expert direction of Christian Desmares and Franck Ekinci for maximum adventure and humanity (for example, love may be blooming and Grandpa Pops is feistier than ever).

The graphics as well are outstanding in the steampunk visual style with the omnipresent steam and pipes, furtive surveillance rodents, bicycle-powered blimps, and suspended trolleys, among some of the creative expressions. Although great advances such as the use of electricity and oil have not been discovered, the above-mentioned steam objects awe April as she navigates this alternate universe of coal and wood.

Conservationists shouldn't despair, for there are numerous references to the need to use coal, for instance, responsibly—already coughs are in the ambient sound. The suggestion that without the invention and use of atomic energy and fossil fuel, the world could have been stuck in an ecological disaster is an intriguingly benign take on modern energy.

The extraordinary April and the Extraordinary World is nothing if not an invitation for girls to follow their dreams and create as their talents demand. For all children it is a call to be bold and responsible as they enter the real modern world.


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Language:

French

Release Date:

8 April 2016 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,413, 27 March 2016

Gross USA:

$295,488

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$495,879
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