Based on the iconic graphic art of French comic artist Jacques Tardi, April and the Extraordinary World is set in an alternative electricity-less Paris, circa 1941, where a family of scientists on the brink of discovering a life serum is kidnapped by shadowy forces. Their daughter, April, continues the family’s research in secret, only to become entangled in a far-reaching conspiracy that puts her “on the run from government agents, bicycle-powered dirigibles and cyborg rat spies.”
I first ran across Jacques Tardi's work in an international anthology comic called Cheval Noir put out on the Dark Horse Comics imprint. Tardi's artwork is fairly simplistic, but the stories were always fun to read. Directed by Persepolis animator Christian Desmares and Boyster producer Franck Ekinci, April won the Cristal for best feature film at Annecy last year.
ENGLISH VOICE CAST
- Paul Giamatti – Pizoni
- Tony Hale – Darwin
- Susan Sarandon – Chimène
- J.K. Simmons – Rodrigue
- Angela Galuppo – April
- Tod Fennell – Julius
- Tony Robinow – Pops
- Mark Camacho – Paul
- Macha Grenon – Annette
I recently picked up St. Vincent with Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy, and Naomi Watts, a comedy that I enjoyed some months back. Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008), which I believe is the third cartoon, which came after the hand drawn movie known as Star Wars: Clone Wars--Volume One (2003). Confusing, I know. Then I picked up a Steve Martin 3-disc set, and the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, which is the second film in that series. Those I picked up fairly cheaply at pawn shops for a couple of bucks.
But going back to the Dr. Who set. It surprised me as it is a boxed set of four DVDs from the long running BBC SF series. It contains Warriors of the Deep with Peter Davison (4 eps. 97 mins) When the TARDIS is forced to make an unplanned visit to Sea Base Four, the Doctor, Tegan and Turlough find themselves accused of being enemy agents. However, there is a greater threat of the Silurians and the Sea Devils who have formed an alliance.
The Sea Devils with Jon Pertwee (6 eps. 147 mins), When the Doctor and Jo Grant pay a visit to the Master at a top security prison off the south coast of England, the Doctor soon finds himself pitted against the Sea Devils, an ancient race of reptile intent on eliminating humankind.
Doctor Who and the Silurians (2-disc, 7 eps. 175 mins), Stars Jon Pertwee as the Doctor who is summoned to an underground research center to investigate a series of inexplicable power losses and soon discovers that the nearby cave system conceals a colony of an ancient race called the Silurians. Supposedly available in color for the first time (I don't know if these were re-colored or what or the history on that, but perhaps the Bonus features will address it). This package has a bunch of Bonus features as well. So all three classic Who stories are about the Silurians and the Sea Devils. I've seen the two Pertwee episodes, but don't remember seeing the Davison one.
The odd thing about the box set is that it was priced at $9.96, which I thought was cheap. I came home and checked on Amazon, and there it's around $24. So I don't know if it was miss priced or what, but I was happy to pick it up at the discount. So you might check at the Walmart in your area if interested.
Inkstuds site you will find a podcast with Gilbert Hernandez. He and his other brothers are the creators of the comic, Love and Rockets. I'm not a huge fan of that particular series, but they've done other stories, which I have enjoyed, and I always enjoy looking at their art. The Blubber story looks fun to me. While digging through some of my back issues the other week, I ran across one of their stories in comic called Measles.