In 1870, Napoleon III orders Franklin, a renowned scientist, to make an invincibility serum so that he can win the war that he is about to wage against Prussia. But the experiment, which is conducted on Komodo dragons, goes wrong and the laboratory is blown up, killing both the scientist and the emperor. The course of history is completely altered, as the Franco-Prussian war never happens and all of the world's greatest scientists start to disappear mysteriously. Deprived of these brilliant minds, the world enters an age without scientific advances. There are no great inventions, the age of coal and steam drags on and nations go to war over wood, the only energy resource. It is a grey and polluted world where only three trees are left on the entire planet. In 1941, the Franklins go into hiding so that they can continue their ancestor's scientific research in secret. Just as they are on the verge of a breakthrough, Inspector Pizoni stumbles upon them.
April and the Extraordinary World is a great adventure film! All the ingredients are here: action, love, humour, suspense, constant visual discoveries, bright and juicy dialogue and an exhilarating rhythm. The first thing that strikes viewers is that it is set in an unbelievably rich visual world - that of Jacques Tardi. We see his love for industrial Paris, the early 20th century and, like Jules Verne, for the most far-out machines and technological inventions. The lines, shapes and dull colours are taken straight from Tardi. With mad inventors, a story of love and family and adventures in a dark Paris, it is as if we are plunged into one of Tardi's graphic novels, except this is not one. The script is bright, intelligent and funny, awash with hilarious discoveries and details. We track, at breathtaking speed, the adventures of April and her talking cat Darwin (to whom the inimitable voice of Phillipe Katerine gives incredible depth and humour). We never know where the story is going to take us but we love the ride. The feeling of constant surprise is a real treat! The story makes us think about scientific progress and the way people misuse it and also about the ecological situation and the role of nature, but the tone is, above all, a celebration of free thought and full of humour. It takes us into us a tender and amusing alternate world, a marvel of the cinema!Read more Show less
This adventure will captivate children from ages 7 and over. Their parents will be tickled by the humour and the alternate world's subverted historical and social references.
Extraordinary stories blending the joy and danger of discovery, twists, investigations full of mystery, disappearances and chills... That is what inspired us to arouse the curiosity and nurture the imaginations of young viewers. The films chosen for this course involve escaping from day-to-day life long enough to dream and be carried away on fantastic animated adventures. This course is a chance to discover films from a range of places that allow you to travel all over the world. Ready, set ... adventure is go!
Benshi takes you on a voyage of exploration of imaginary worlds, where you can meet colourful characters with endlessly creative minds, people who invent worlds of fantasy or marvels and other who strive to build entirely new horizons... This course is for young cinema lovers aged 5 and over who like adventures and extraordinary stories.
Flowers begin to bloom, trees regain their green finery and the birds are singing: spring is here! It is time to rediscover everything that Mother Nature gives us ... in the countryside, woodland, parks and gardens, and also in the cinema! This course takes you on a trip through a nature shown in all its glory, even where it is endangered... Since our ecosystem is never more beautiful than when it is respected and protected, let us learn to love it and preserve it together. Watching these seven feature films will help. This course is aimed at young cinema buffs who love nature, care about the environment, and are aged 6 or over.
There is only a short step from cartoons to cinema! That is no surprise, since they share a common language: a story told in a sequence of images. Usually cartoons are adapted to the cinema, but sometimes things go the other way and a film is adapted into a cartoon. That is particularly true when the film is created by a famous comic album writer or illustrator, as in the cases of Tardi for April and the Extraordinary World or Goscinny and Uderzo for The Twelve Tasks of Asterix. Whether it is the indomitable Gauls who continually send invaders packing or the four famous, nasty and amusing bandits from the west in stripy outfits, these colourful characters do not mince their words and it is no surprise to see them given a chance to make their voices heard. The border between the 7th and 9th arts is very thin... Seven films that can be enjoyed from ages 5-6 and help youngsters progress from pages to the screen - and vice versa!