Welcome to the day when the universe has seemingly put aside long-gestating animated films to head towards an actual release date. We’ve already seen a forward movement for action satire Paws of furyand now it’s the turn of ‘troubled toon Nimonawhich will finally hit screens next year via Annapurna and Netflix.
Nimona began life in 2015 as a passion project of Patrick Osbourne, who directed the wonderful short film Feast who was attached to Big Hero 6. Although it worked for Disney, the new film premiered as Fox-affiliated Blue Sky Studios.
Still, the Mouse House wasn’t done – when the company bought Fox, it essentially ended most of Blue Sky’s work and Nimona was shelved (there were disturbing rumors that Disney dropped it because of LGBTQA+ content).
Osbourne is no longer involved, but the film is finally back on track, with Chloë Grace Moretz, Riz Ahmed as Ballister Boldheart and Eugene Lee Yang among the voices. A first preview can be found at the top of the page.
Adapted from New York Times Best-selling graphic novel by author ND Stevenson, the story sees a knight framed for a crime he didn’t commit. The only person who can help prove his innocence is Nimona, a teenage shapeshifter who might also be a monster he’s sworn to kill. Set in a techno-medieval world unlike anything animation has tackled before, it’s a story about the labels we assign to people and the shapeshifter who refuses to be defined by anyone. A first preview can be found at the top of the page.
Everything is fine, Nimona will appear on Netflix next year.