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It even has a talking cat

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Seriously, I have been looking forward to April and the Extraordinary World for five years, when the first in-production news appeared and then its “coming soon” trailer was on YouTube as Un Monde Truqué. They didn't say anything about a talking cat, which is why I didn’t announce it on Flayrah then. YouTube has had to take that trailer down. This new one isn’t nearly as good, but it does have the talking cat in it.

In a steampunk alternate world’s 1941, when Europe is united in a Triple Empire under Napoleon V and its three capitals of London-Paris-Berlin are connected by cable car, scientists have been disappearing for decades. The earlier trailer was about the disappearance of the child Avril (April) Franken’s parents. This new trailer is about the adult April’s hunt for them, with her talking cat Darwin and her companion Julius.

The 105-minute movie, co-directed by Persepolis animator Christian Desmares and Franck Ekinci, was released in France on November 4th. GKIDS has picked up the American rights for a 2016 release, in both dubbed and subtitled versions.

The movie, “years in the making”, is based on an idea and art design by the bande dessinée author Jacques Tardi. I’ve been a fan of Tardi’s comics since the 1970s, and I’m delighted and excited to finally see an animated science fiction movie in his art style. (Yes, I know about the live-action movie. It was okay, but lacked the special-effects budget that his plot needed.) And even with a talking cat.

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“April and the Extraordinary World” is the recent winner of the 2015 Cristal Award as the Best Animated Feature. Here is its newest English-language trailer.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AfuvtXiLkb4

http://variety.com/2015/film/global/april-and-the-extraordinary-world-wins-annec...

GKIDS, which has picked up the French film for American release in NYC on March 25, followed by a wider release on April 8, has announced its English-language voice cast.

April – Angela Galuppo (Marion Cotillard in the original French release)
Julius – Tod Fennell (Mark-André Grondin
Darwin (the talking cat, which makes this suitable for Flayrah) – Tony Hale (Philippe Katerine)
Pops – Tony Robinow (Jean Rochefort)
Pizoni – Paul Giamatti (Bouli Lanners)
Paul – Mark Camacho (Olivier Gourmet)
Annette – Macha Grenon (same)
Rodrigue – J. K. Simmons (Benoit Brière)
Chimène – Susan Sarandon (Anne Coesens)

Fred Patten

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Here is GKIDS' poster.

http://webmail.earthlink.net/wam/msg.jsp?msgid=63783&folder=INBOX&isSeen=false&x...

Fred Patten

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The DVD is supposed to be out now in France, but I haven't spotted any pirated torrents online yet. I'm hoping GKids's English dub gets some cinema distribution in Canada so I can go see it legitimately!

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I'm waiting for GKIDS' DVD, hopefully with a French with English subtitles option rather than just an English soundtrack.

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The DVD is scheduled for an August release.

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I've been meaning to write a review (I've watched the French version) but life has crazy busy lately! No subtitles, but I caught enough of the dialogue.

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Here is GKIDS' website for the movie. It doesn't say anything yet about the DVD release; whether there will be a French-with-English-subtitles option in addition to the French- and English-dialogue tracks.

http://www.gkidsfilms.com/april/

Fred Patten

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a retired former librarian from North Hollywood, California, interested in general anthropomorphics