Old-fashioned animation—the kind drawn by human hands—isn’t dead, but it’s rarely mass-market kid stuff these days. Who knows whether we’ll ever again see a 2D blockbuster—it’s been over 20 years since The Lion King and Aladdin; in fact it’s been over 20 years since Toy Story, the first all-CGI animated film for the mass market, changed the game forever.
But 2D animation still exists, in its niches—we find it in smaller, artier films, as well as Japanese anime. Here’s a trailer for the former, a French-language animated feature entitled April and the Extraordinary World, based on a graphic novel by Jacques Tardi. At Slashfilm, Jacob Hall describes the movie as “a refreshing mixture of The Adventures of Tintin and Studio Ghibli,” and raves that he was “completely won over by what directors Christian Desmares and Franck Ekinci had pulled off.” The synopsis, from official site MeetApril.com:
Paris, 1941. A family of scientists is on the brink of discovering a powerful longevity serum when all of a sudden a mysterious force abducts them, leaving their young daughter April behind. Ten years later, April lives alone with her cat, Darwin, and carries on her family’s research in secret. But she soon finds herself at the center of a shadowy and far- reaching conspiracy, and on the run from government agents, bicycle-powered dirigibles and cyborg rat spies.
Here’s the trailer: