As if a genre-blending storyline and creative animation weren’t sufficient, “Nimona” is a piece that is queer to its core, coming from queer creators and coping with themes of id along with explicitly queer relationships. One would suppose Disney may’ve appreciated to have had such an LGBTQ+-friendly film on its launch slate final 12 months when phrase received out in regards to the firm’s contributions to Florida Republicans’ despicable HB 1557, a.okay.a. the “Don’t Say Gay” invoice. By then, although, the House of Mouse had not solely shuttered Blue Sky, the phrase on the grapevine was that it had already requested the studio to chop a scene that includes a same-sex kiss from “Nimona” earlier than dropping the film solely.
As it had been, Disney’s loss is Netflix’s acquire, and “Nimona” itself could not be arriving at a extra well timed second, what with college academics in Florida now being investigated merely for exhibiting their college students animated movies (ones from Disney, no much less!) that function brazenly queer characters. The film additionally boasts an admirably various supporting forged, with Eugene Lee Yang, RuPaul Charles, Frances Conroy, Lorraine Toussaint, and Indya Moore lending their voices together with “Saturday Night Live” trio Julio Torres, Sarah Sherman, and Beck Bennett.
The movie’s official synopsis reads as follows:
“A knight is framed for a crime he didn’t commit and the only person who can help him prove his innocence is Nimona, a shape-shifting teen who might also be a monster he’s sworn to kill. Set in a techno-medieval world unlike anything animation has tackled before, this is a story about the labels we assign to people and the shapeshifter who refuses to be defined by anyone.”
“Nimona” is about to premiere on the Annecy Animation Film Festival on June 14, 2023. It will start streaming on Netflix simply over two weeks in a while June 30.