On September 29, we go from an animated film from Ireland to an animated film from France. In recent years, we are seeing animated films beyond the US, Great Britain and Japan. Song of the Sea is brings Ireland into the animation world. This year’s Academy Awards saw Brazil nominated for Best Animated Feature (for The Boy and The World) and Chile win Best Animated Short (for the Bear Story). And this festival sees two feature length animated films from France. One of them is April and the Extraordinary World, an adventurous sci-fi mystery.
The film takes place in Paris of an alternate 1941 stuck in the industrial revolution because all of the scientists have been disappearing. Among them are April’s parents, who were taken away on a mysterious cloud when she was a child. Now April’s (voiced by Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard in the French version, Angela Galuppo in the English version) on the run from the law, especially the bumbling Gaspar Pizoni (Boili Lanners in French, Paul Giamatti in English). All she has left of her parents is the ingredients for their invincibility serum and her talking cat Darwin (Philippe Katerine in English, Tony Hale in French). While she trying to perfect the serum, she gets an unexpected message from her father (Olivier Gourmet in French, Mark Camacho in English). Reunited with her grandfather Pops (French film legend Jean Rochefort in French, Tony Robinow in English), chased by Pizoni and joined by pickpocket scoundrel Julius (Marc-Andre Grondin in French, Tod Fennell in English), April will find out the conspiracy behind the scientists’ disappearance and hopefully find her parents. Continue reading