After what felt like an era of uncertainty and heartbreak, those remained steadfast in their support nimona Finally feel victorious. The harsh circumstances lead to a revelatory animated feature about a shape-shifting hero and two gay knights causing intolerance and moral policing, but against all odds, nimona Found a new life. Disney didn’t see the value nimona and 20th Century Fox’s acquisition of Blue Sky Studios forced production to cease immediately after the acquisition. Instead of having a film under their banner that affirmed queer identities, had a heartfelt and fulfilling same-sex romance, and had a genderfluid hero, they scrapped it in favor of a half-assed attempt at presentation and participation trophies. Annapurna and Netflix saw the price, heard emotional cries from fans of ND Stevenson’s graphic novels, and got to work.
nimona Follows the adventures of Ballister Boldheart (Riz Ahmed), a knight disgraced by a tragic event, and Nimona (Chloe Grace Moretz), a mysterious shape-shifting teenager who wants to be his sidekick. A tragic event that turns Ballister from a brilliant hero to a treacherous villain threatens a thousand years of law and order. Now, it’s up to this unlikely pair to uncover the truth and save the day.
The cast is excellent, led by the always delightful Riz Ahmed, Chloe Grace Moretz and Eugene Lee Young. They, along with the ensemble cast, offer the perfect soulful and endearing voice work for their respective characters. Ballister and Ambrosius Goldenline’s character designs were inspired by Ahmed and Lee Yang, a choice that makes the animated film feel more effortlessly diverse. Nimona’s design is pretty subtle, not overly complicated but a lot of fun.
NimonaNow streaming on Netflix. The film is 99 minutes long and is rated PG for violence and action, thematic elements, some language and crude humor.