Howdy, y’all. I have returned with another quick review, this time steampunk and animated. After being bored with modern movies, I began digging about Amazon again. I found a fun and fresh French feature that ave me the thrill of a Vernian romance, while giving me a pleasant diversion.
April and the Extraordinary World is definitely steampunk. I will begin this review by sending out a warning to my chill dieselpunk family: you will die watching this. Why? Well, the world building here sets us up in the 19th century, but the meat of the story takes place in the 1930’s-40’s. However, it IS steampunk. The tale is written so that diesel, electric, etc., never got invented. It’s all steampower, and the look remains Victorian as progress slows. You’ve been warned, fedora and cloche hat lovers.
But don’t let that deter you from watching this fine pic. We have here a world that never developed any modern power sources, and so the steam technology is detailed. I found the animation a different take from the usual anime or Disney shtick. Our tale begins setting up an experiment gone wrong, which changes history, and then takes us down the road to the sad life and trials of our heroine, April.
Orphans as heroes are neat, and the imagery of April traipsing about a neo-Victorian Europe are done very well. I won’t give away the plot, but it revolves around April trying to recreate the experiment in the beginning of the film, and the complications that arise. This could be a fairly tame steampunk story of family and science, but halfway through, things take a severe turn into the strange as we find out what happened to scientists listed as missing early on.
I liked this a lot. The world building was very European, a sublime mixture of serious detail and comical expression. It seems some days if you ask for something steampunk to watch, you get handed the same list of movies and TV shows.
Here’s a new addition.