A couple of months back, we featured a teaser for The Prodigies, an upcoming French animated feature based on Bernard Lenteric‘s 1981 novel La Nuit des enfants rois. Both the novel and the film revolve around a group of superpowered teenagers determined to destroy the world, and the one person who can stop them. Warner Bros. France has now released a full trailer, which you can watch after the jump.


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It might be a little confusing if you don’t understand French, so here’s the synopsis:

NYC, Central Park, 2010. Five young teenagers are violently assaulted. But they’re not your average teenagers… they’re prodigies. The trauma of the assault incites them to lash out against the world in a cold and calculating way. The five chillingly brilliant minds come together to concoct a perfect revenge. The only person aware of the pending doom is Jimbo Farrar, a sixth prodigy, who has gathered them. As long as he fights against his five counterparts with all his might, there’s hope for the world. But should he turn over to their side, it’s only a matter of time before a disaster of apocalyptic proportions ensues…

The Prodigies marks the feature film debut of director Antoine Charreyron, whose previous work has consisted mostly of video games (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Wet). You can definitely see his video game roots on display here — from the character design to the action and the angles of the shots. In fact, if I hadn’t already known The Prodigies was a movie, I might’ve guessed that the trailer was for a game, and a pretty stylish one at that.

Since I can’t understand the dialogue, it’s tough for me to say whether this film looks like something I’d be interested in. I can say that it looks full of action and explosions, and that the tone looks pleasingly dark. The animation isn’t exactly advanced, but it looks like Charreyron makes the best of what he’s got. Folks in France will get to see The Prodigies when it opens there June 8, but it seems the movie has yet to get an international release date.

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