April and the Extraordinary World didn’t get a cinema release in the UK, which is a shame because it would have looked great on the big screen. Talking cats, lizard men, a steampunk Paris, disappearing scientists, ecological disaster, the prospect of a war with Canada, grandads, this film has got it all. The plot, an alternative history stemming from Napoleon’s failed attempt to breed invulnerable super soldiers (yep) is pleasingly complex and fanciful, and zigzags from tense and scary to knockabout fun. The animation, based on the work of Jacques Tardi, is beautiful. And did I mention the talking cat? Everyone loves a talking cat.
Directors: Christian Desmares and Franck Ekinci
reviewed in 105 words
2016 UK Box Office: not released
April and the Extraordinary World was available on Amazon Prime for a bit, so it’s worth checking back occasionally to see if it turns up again. Otherwise, you are going to have to buy it. It is definitely worth the money though, so no need to get grumpy about it or anything.