DESPITE CRITICISMS, THE FIRST FILIPINO ANIMATED FILM IS HEADED TO NETFLIX THIS OCTOBER
Following the announcement of its release, social media was awash with a mixture of comments and a resounding call for boycott for the upcoming release of Filipino adult-animation film "Hayop Ka! The Nimfa Dimaano Story" on streaming giant, Netflix this October.
Following the announcement of its release, social media was awash with a mixture of comments and a resounding call for boycott for the upcoming release of Filipino adult-animation film Hayop Ka! The Nimfa Dimaano Story on streaming giant, Netflix this October. The backlash was primarily due to the inclusion of controversial actor, Robin Padilla in the cast rendering his voice to the film, replacing excitement and cheers for a Filipino-made animation making a historic first in the platform. Padilla, who is most known recently for his often grating comments as a supporter of President Duterte’s administration, consistently drew flak from netizens.
One of the film’s animators, Kevin Eric Raymundo, in social media, enjoined viewers to support the artistry that it took to make the film and not to focus on the political color and controversial comments of one of its main actors. He said, “I’ve worked on this awesome film. Please don’t judge it by its VA. He doesn’t represent the movie as a whole. Thanks!”
I’ve worked on this awesome film. Please don’t judge it by its VA. He doesn’t represent the movie as a whole. Thanks! ❤️ https://t.co/jDwMra0pmt
— Tarantadong Kalbo (@KevinKalbo) September 21, 2020
He added, “Kung ako lang ang masusunod i-auto-eject ko na yun agad-agad. But alas, ako’y isang hamak na animator lamang. Support the artists who have worked hard on this project. Sila naman ang totoong bida dito.”
The film features the story of Nimfa Dimaano, voiced by Angelica Panganiban, who sells perfumes in a department store, where she meets a rich businessman, portrayed by Sam Milby, who would become a figure that threatens her relationship with janitor Roger, played by Padilla.
Directed by Avid Liongoren, written by Manny Angeles and Paulle Olivenza, Hayop Ka! The Nimfa Dimaano Story is the first animated Netflix Film from the Philippines. Available across Asia in Taglish, and English as You Animal!, this adult animation comedy is a refreshing look at societal expectations, personal aspirations and the classic love triangle.
The film is set to premier at the streaming service on October 29.
Additional text by Leo Balante