Tintin seems to have found a spiritual successor with the futuristic, steampunk-inspired animated film, “April and the Extraordinary World.” Just as the young Belgian blonde maneuvered his way through his Indiana Jones-inspired adventures, it seems that the titular character is also set to careen her way through a Napoleon-led recreation of 1940’s France.
Taken from the Jacques Tardi novel of the same name, the adventurous tale takes place in world of dreariness and mass industrialization, where a young girl takes it upon herself to rediscover imagination, the value of science and what it means to challenge the austere authorities of a steampunk world. The beautifully stylized visuals, along with the fascinating alternate universe has already been praised from critics and award ceremonies alike, earning a César nomination for Best Animated Feature.
Led by Angela Galuppo’s English-overdubbing of April, a star-studded cast including J.K. Simmons, Tony Hale, Susan Sarandon and Paul Giamatti also team up to bring you a steampunk adventure that will make you question the presence, and more importantly, the status of science in our society.
Check out the trailer above before heading on down to the New York’s IFC Center on March 25 to check out the French-Belgian-Canadian feature for yourself.