Critics Pick! Beautiful, inventive and uncannily satisfying!
The movie so teems with delightful detail and has such an exuberant sense of play that it feels entirely fresh.
- New York Times
Strangely wonderful, wonderfully strange!
Part science fiction cosmos, part alternate reality steampunk universe, and all adventure all the time, the cosmos Tardi has visualized is imaginative in a way that by intention is both familiar and out of this world.”
- Los Angeles Times
It’s downright extraordinary! A rollicking, old-timey pulp adventure!
- Village Voice
Skip Batman v Superman. There’s a much better comic book film out right now.
April and the Extraordinary World is the latest triumph for the indie animation distributor GKIDS, which seems likely to earn its ninth Academy Award® nomination for this film. Watch too many big studio comic book and animated movies, and you can feel your horizons closing in around you. Watch this one, and you'll be reminded that both comics and animation are limited only by what some mad genius can dream up.
Miyazaki meets Pixar!
A rousing, thrilling adventure, beautifully animated, it's also a powerfully emotional piece, about family and friendship, about betrayal and disappointment, and about first love and old enmities. An adventure for the heart as well as the mind!
- The Verge
I can’t tell you enough how much of a joy this movie was to watch!
Every inch of the frame is filled with some kind of amazing visual or bit of archaic future technology. The story feels like the lovechild of Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, and some of Pixar’s best, with an art style reminiscent of Moebius and Herge. Plus, there’s a talking cat named Darwin, so how can you not like that?
An exuberant journey from its opening sequence to the riveting conclusion!
What emerges from the concoction of brilliant notions inspired by the source material is a highly ingenious and sumptuously designed tale anchored to an assertive, intellectual, and unconventional heroine. This delightfully sophisticated charmer firmly establishes itself as a visual marvel and one of the most originally confected animated films ever made… Its genre-bending aspects are so fabulously calibrated, that is hard to pinpoint an exact designation for the spell the film casts other than how deliciously twisty it is.
Will make steampunk fans drool with delight!
- AV Club
Two words of advice: Buckle up!
You’ll be in for a wonderful ride littered with talking cats, fabulous steampunk backdrops, rollercoaster excitement, and terrific characters, all drawn through the fundamental beauty of cell animation.
Plays like a fortuitous mash-up of Tintin comics and the films of Hayao Miyazaki
what with its indomitable heroine, talking animals, fantastical fortresses and flying machines. The film offers the steampunk pleasure that comes with constructing an alternate past parallel to our own, full of ingenious gadgets and inventions that could only exist in such a world. Bicycle-powered blimps, suspended railroads (where trains hang down from the tracks instead of running on them), and rodent surveillance cyborgs transform this unique, smog-drenched vision of turn-of-the-century France into a visual wonderland.
This unique, super-smart and berserkly imaginative French animated entry is a real achievement in the world of animation.
- Film Journal
A fascinating, captivating film!
It feels somewhat clichéd to call an animated adventure film a “delight,” but it’s the best word for the latest from GKIDS
April and the Extraordinary World a joyful, accomplished movie that echoes The City of Lost Children, The Adventures of Tintin, Metropolis, Howl’s Moving Castle and something unique into a, well, delightful piece of work. This Paris-set, alternative-universe adventure is so remarkably fluid that it almost feels effortless.
Thrilling! A film with instant classic appeal!
Within a thrilling tale that respects the intelligence of its audience, attentive parents will find the antidote to their fear that watching cartoons might rot your brain. If anything, April and the Extraordinary World seems bound to do the opposite, encouraging children to pursue their own passions and creativity. The film, which deservedly claimed the top prize at the 2015 Annecy Animated Film Festival, is the rare toon that leaves kids inspired not to buy toys, but to make the world a better place.
The work of the great comic book artist Jacques Tardi is cleverly and beautifully carried to the big screen
in April and the Extraordinary World a surreal sci-fi period piece that reimagines mid-20th century Paris as a smog-filled, steam-powered Napoleonic empire whose future lies in the hands of an orphaned young woman.
- The Hollywood Reporter