Science rules in Christian Desmares and Franck Ekinci’s April and the Extraordinary World, an animated feature about an orphaned girl (voiced by Marion Cotillard), whose family evaded the police while trying to create an invincibility serum. Like her mom and dad, April becomes a scientist, and a hermit who hides out inside a statue with a talking cat that steals some scenes. The story turns after a bitter cop employs a private eye to starts trailing April. Then the movie unfolds as a sci-fi action adventure, with chases and shootouts and maniacal subterranean creatures. At times predictable, April and the Extraordinary World hits the usual cute notes and really picks up in the wild third act, where many of the laughs can be found. Regardless, it’s not really “April” but the “Extraordinary World”—a steampunk vision of a Europe that never progressed past steam-power—that is the reason to delight in this charming, sentimental, and warm cartoon.
By Alec Julian & Carrie White