Review of April and the Extraordinary World (2015)

Moving picture, 105 minutes

Seen in 2016.

The original title means “April and the Rigged World”. As the non-literal English distribution title suggests, the steampunk is very light here. Obviously the abducted scientists are not doing any science under realistic premises à la The Difference Engine (1990), just fantasy action-adventure engineering. Weaknesses of the writing include:

The level of self-consistency in the writing is so poor that I have to assume it’s intentional: schlock across the board. Only the animation and humour sustain my interest.

moving picture animation fiction