April and the Extraordinary World

2016 PG 1h 45m DVD

April and the Extraordinary World

2016 PG 1h 45m DVD
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Steam power is still the main engine of civilization in this fantasy that imagines a 1941 in which progress has been slowed by the steady disappearance of the world's scientists. The daughter of two such top minds sets off to find them.
Angela Galuppo, Susan Sarandon, J.K. Simmons, Paul Giamatti, Tony Hale, Tod Fennell, Tony Robinow, Mark Camacho, Macha Grenon
Christian Desmares, Franck Ekinci
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
English, English SDH, French
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 9+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 9+
age 9+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that April and the Extraordinary World is a subtitled (or English dubbed, depending on which version you see) French animated adventure inspired by graphic artist Jacques Tardi. The steampunk alternative-history adventure takes place in a France overrun by pollution because the all energy is steam- and coal-powered. Some of the plot details may confuse really young viewers, and the peril, gun violence, threats, deaths, and intense climactic battle may frighten others. A young girl is orphaned early in the story after her parents are electrocuted (this is shown, but it's not graphic), and there are sad moments when she believes her dear friend has died. Expect a few mild insults like "dirty swine" and a couple of kisses. Kids who can follow the subtitles and the action will be rewarded with a sophisticated, riveting adventure about the power of scientific innovation in society.

Sexual Content

A couple of kisses. A man pees in a bucket while in the same room as a woman.


A young girl is left an orphan after her parents are electrocuted (shown, but not graphic). Weapons injure, incapacitate, threaten, and kill characters. Sad moments when the main character thinks her dear friend has died/been killed. Chases/crashes. World destruction threatened. A group of scientists is kidnapped. A character kills his mate; their children then take up arms against one another in an intense battle. Comic pratfalls/injuries.


Subtitled language includes "dang," "stupid," "butt," "shut up," and "dirty swine," but those who understand French may recognize the word "merde," which usually translates closer to "s--t" than to "dang."

Social Behavior

Positive messages include the power and necessity of scientific discovery and innovation to better the world; that there's more that makes you attractive and extraordinary than your looks; the dangers of greed when it comes to technology; and the importance of family and friends to support you through crises.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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