Nimona
Promotional release poster
Directed byNick Bruno
Troy Quane
Screenplay by
  • Robert L. Baird
  • Lloyd Taylor
Story by
Based onNimona
by ND Stevenson
Produced by
Starring
Edited by
  • Randy Trager
  • Erin Crackel
Music byChristophe Beck
Production
company
Distributed byNetflix
Release dates
  • June 14, 2023 (2023-06-14) (Annecy)
  • June 23, 2023 (2023-06-23) (United States)
  • June 30, 2023 (2023-06-30) (Netflix)
Running time
99 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Nimona is a 2023 American animated science fantasy adventure comedy drama film directed by Nick Bruno and Troy Quane from a screenplay by Robert L. Baird and Lloyd Taylor. It is based on the 2015 graphic novel of the same name by ND Stevenson. Set in a science fantasy world influenced by the Middle Ages, the film features the voices of Chloë Grace Moretz as the eponymous shapeshifting character and Riz Ahmed as her boss and former knight Ballister, with Eugene Lee Yang and Frances Conroy voicing supporting roles.

Originally a production of Blue Sky Studios, it was set to be directed by Patrick Osborne, with an initial release date of 2020. Following the Walt Disney Company's acquisition of 21st Century Fox, the parent company of Blue Sky, it was delayed multiple times before being canceled due to Blue Sky's closure in April 2021. However, Annapurna Pictures revived the project the following year, with Bruno and Quane announced as directors, DNEG Animation providing animation, and Netflix acquiring worldwide distribution.

Nimona had its world premiere at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival on June 14, 2023, was released in select cinemas on June 23, 2023, and made its streaming debut on June 30, 2023, by Netflix. The film received positive reviews from critics, who praised its animation, musical score, characters, themes, tone, humor, writing, and vocal performances (particularly those of Moretz and Ahmed). The film was nominated for Best Animated Feature at several awards, including at the Critics' Choice, Annie Awards & Academy Awards.

Plot

The citizens of a medieval-futuristic kingdom are protected by the Institute for Elite Knights, established by the legendary heroine Gloreth who a thousand years ago, vanquished a "Great Black Monster" and enclosed the kingdom with a high wall.

Ballister Boldheart, along with his fellow knight and boyfriend, Ambrosius Goldenloin, is about to be knighted. Ballister is the first commoner to become a knight, as Queen Valerin is trying to change tradition so that "anyone can be a hero". During the ceremony, a laser shot from Ballister's sword kills Valerin. A distraught Ambrosius ends up cutting off Ballister's right arm, and Ballister becomes a fugitive. As Ballister hides and crafts a prosthetic replacement arm, he is visited by a shapeshifter named Nimona, who has faced persecution for her powers. Seeing a "villainous spirit" in Ballister, as he is facing similar treatment for his commoner origin and the murder of the Queen, Nimona declares herself to be his sidekick.

To clear Ballister's name, the duo kidnaps Diego, the squire who gave him the sword. Diego gives them video evidence revealing that the Director of the Institute is the murderer. The duo confronts Ambrosius and the Director with the evidence, but the Director manipulates her knights into destroying the evidence. Later, Ambrosius confronts the Director, who stabs him and admits that she framed Ballister and murdered the Queen, as she objected to the Queen revising tradition by allowing commoners to become knights, fearing that doing so would lead to the kingdom's downfall. However, "Ambrosius" turns out to be a disguised Nimona. Ballister records the Director's confession, then posts it online, leading to public outcry.

The Director discovers through ancient scrolls that Nimona is the Great Black Monster defeated by Gloreth. She uses this to convince the public that Ballister used Nimona's powers to fake the confession. The real Ambrosius meets with Ballister and reveals Nimona's past, insisting that Nimona deliberately deceived Ballister. Shocked by the revelation, Ballister argues with Nimona and questions their friendship; feeling betrayed, Nimona flees into the woods.

Stopping at an old abandoned well, Nimona reminisces about her past: a thousand years ago, she wandered the world and turned into other animals to try and fit in with the wildlife, but none of the creatures she encountered accepted her. One day, she encountered Gloreth as a child by the well, and turned into a human for the first time. After seeing Nimona, Gloreth immediately welcomed her and the two became best friends, and Gloreth was accepting of Nimona's powers. However, the other citizens of Gloreth's village, including Gloreth's parents, believed Nimona was a monster after discovering her shapeshifting abilities. The villagers attacked Nimona with torches, which accidentally set the village on fire. A confused Gloreth became hostile toward Nimona.

With Ballister's abandonment and Gloreth's betrayal echoing in her head, a distraught Nimona transforms into the Great Black Monster. She then enters the city, intending to commit suicide by impaling herself on the sword of Gloreth's statue. However, before she can do so, Ballister stops her and apologizes to her, causing Nimona to change back to human form as they embrace and make amends. The kingdom's citizens see this and are moved by it. Meanwhile, the Director, unmoved, orders a laser cannon to be fired from the wall to kill Nimona; Ambrosius protests, knowing that firing the laser into the city will kill innocent civilians. The Director then turns on them using the same laser she used to kill the Queen and prepares to fire the cannon herself. To save the kingdom, Nimona assumes a giant, red phoenix-like form and flies into the cannon, resulting in her apparent death, as well as the death of the Director. The resulting explosion destroys part of the wall, revealing a beautiful, mountainous valley behind it.

Sometime later, the kingdom undergoes several changes: the breach in the wall has become a passageway through which citizens travel freely, Nimona and Ballister are honored as heroes, and Ballister's relationship with Ambrosius has been restored. Ballister visits his old hideout. He hears Nimona's voice, and joyfully realizes that she has survived.

Voice cast

Chloë Grace Moretz and Riz Ahmed voiced Nimona and Ballister Boldheart respectively.

Other members of the production crew who voice knight versions of themselves include directors Nick Bruno and Troy Quane, Julie Zackary, Christopher Campbell, and Randy Trager; Bruno, Quane, Zackary, and Trager also provide additional voices, alongside Wesley Turner. Bruno's sons, Jarrett (who voiced young Walter Beckett from Bruno and Quane's Spies in Disguise) and Jake, voice the kids who play a board game in a commercial as well as provide additional voices, and Taryn Bruno voices a concerned citizen; Trager's relative Sadie also voices a concerned citizen, while Sebastian Trager voices the Danks Kid. Maurissa Horwitz—who also provides additional voices—and former Blue Sky editor Tim Nordquist voice the zombies in a movie Nimona and Ballister watch.

Comic book creator ND Stevenson has a voice cameo as Kwispy Dragon, a cartoon cereal mascot.

Production

Development

Blue Sky Studios

In June 2015, 20th Century Fox Animation acquired the rights for an animated feature film adaptation of Nimona, a webcomic by ND Stevenson. Patrick Osborne was set to direct, from a screenplay by Marc Haimes.[5][6]

The film was to be produced by Fox's former subsidiary, Blue Sky Studios, alongside Vertigo Entertainment.[7][8] In June 2017, 20th Century Fox scheduled Nimona to be released on February 14, 2020.[9][10]

In March 2019, The Walt Disney Company completed its acquisition of Fox, then in May 2019, the film was delayed to March 5, 2021.[11] In November 2019, the film was delayed again to January 14, 2022.[12][13][14][15][16] Through 2020 there was word that the film would be released in 2022,[17][18][19][20] Stevenson stated in June 2020 that the film was still happening,[21] and said the same in an August 2020 podcast.[22] In August of that same year, Den of Geek reported that the animated film was still scheduled to be released in 2022, but gave no further details, with Deadline reporting the same in October.[23][24]

Osborne would depart the film by March 2020, and after his departure, Nick Bruno and Troy Quane were brought on in to work on the story after directing Blue Sky's previous film Spies in Disguise (2019).[25] Production would be done remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.[26]

Cancellation and aftermath

On February 9, 2021, Disney announced it was shutting down Blue Sky Studios, and that production of the film was canceled.[27]

Following the announcement, Stevenson said it was a "sad day" and that he wished the best for everyone who worked at Blue Sky Studios,[28] while Osborne said he was "truly heartbroken" that the studio was closing its doors.[29] Webcomics commenter Gary Tyrrell criticized the decision, saying, "Disney could have allowed a very different kind of young heroine... I mourn for those who would have found a vision of themselves in an animated version".[30] Anonymous staffers at Blue Sky interviewed by Business Insider bemoaned the cancellation of the film, calling it "heartbreaking", arguing that the film "didn't look like anything else in the animated world", and saying that they believe it will never "be completed and released."[31] The film was set to be the first use of Blue Sky's Conduit, a system that allowed artists to "find, track, version and quality control their work."[32] Had it been made, it would have been Blue Sky's first film with LGBT representation, as a few staffers confirmed to BuzzFeed News that the film had an "I love you" scene between Ballister Blackheart and Ambrosius Goldenloin.[33]

One staffer stated that before being canceled, the film was "on track" to being finished by October 2021. A former animator at Blue Sky, Rich Fournier, stated that the studio was "very very close" to getting the film finished, but that they "found out it simply was not doable".[34]

In March 2021, it was reported that Chloë Grace Moretz and Riz Ahmed were to have voiced Nimona and Ballister Blackheart, respectively,[35] and that the film was being shopped around to other studios to be completed.[35] In June 2021, Mey Rude, a writer for Out, said she still held out "hope that this film ... will find its way back to life somehow."[36]

In March 2022, amid the controversy of Disney's involvement in Florida's Parental Rights in Education bill and lack of criticism from CEO Bob Chapek until after the bill had passed, three former Blue Sky staff members stated the film received pushback from Disney leadership, centered around the film's LGBT themes and a same-sex kiss.[37]

Revival by Annapurna and Netflix

On April 11, 2022, it was announced that Annapurna Pictures had picked up Nimona earlier in the year, and would be releasing it on Netflix in 2023. DNEG Animation was announced as the project's animation partner.[38] The voice cast was also retained, with the addition of Eugene Lee Yang as Ambrosius Goldenloin announced at this point. Bruno and Quane were officially announced as replacements for Osborne as the new directors of the film; Bruno and Quane were heavily involved in the film prior to Blue Sky's shutdown, acting as directors, according to a Blue Sky staffer.[39] Roy Lee, Karen Ryan, and Julie Zackary were reported as producers on the feature.[2][38][40][41]

In December 2022, it emerged that the film would serve as the first release of Annapurna's new division, Annapurna Animation.[42] On April 24, 2023, Frances Conroy, Lorraine Toussaint, Beck Bennett, RuPaul, Indya Moore, Julio Torres, and Sarah Sherman were announced as part of the cast.[3]

Animation and design

Nimona was Blue Sky's most complex film produced. The studio had previous experience with 2D-stylization with The Peanuts Movie (2015). The film's design was influenced by Eyvind Earle and Charley Harper, using both of their styles to combine medieval and the modern world so that it "mirrored the world we live in." The team chose their styles as Earle used more fluidity and Harper used a more geometric and simple shape base, and they had to convey "both sides of the spectrum and both sides of the character ideologies." They also had to incorporate the novel's style as well, including circles for the free-form Nimona, squares for the traditionalist Ballister, and diamonds for the rigid Institute. "In the case of the pink-colored Nimona, her shape-shifting (rhino, whale, cat, gorilla) translated into an explosion of emotions."[26] Aidan Sugano serves as production designer on the film, and described it as having elements of "sci-fi, medieval fantasy, knights, lasers, monsters, dragons, dramatic lighting, [and]... style".[43] Additionally, Goldenloin's ethnicity was changed to be Asian and Ballister's last name was changed from Blackheart to Boldheart, and they were both modeled after Lee Yang and Ahmed respectively.[44]

At the time of its initial cancellation, sources told Comic Book Resources that the film was "75% complete".[45] Quane later clarified that the film was approximately "70% through layout": they had completed five fully animated sequences, along with character models, story reels, and locations at the time of Blue Sky's shutdown.[46] The finished footage was showed to various people in the animation business, and convinced Megan Ellison at Annapurna Pictures to complete the project.[47] Much of what Blue Sky did remains intact, as Netflix and Annapurna did not start from scratch.[39] However, when DNEG's facilities in Montreal took over animation, different pipelines had to be built from scratch, but fortunately, the team had a blueprint from Blue Sky, and they were able to translate it and apply it with DNEG's technology.[26] Storywise, about 90% of Blue Sky's version remained intact.[48] As a tribute to the previous team's work on the film, a section of the end credits is dedicated to listing the entire staff of Blue Sky Studios, and several Easter eggs pay homage to Blue Sky throughout the film.[49] Animation wrapped on October 1, 2022.[50]

Music

Main article: Nimona (soundtrack)

In May 2023, it was confirmed that Christophe Beck had composed the film's score.[51] American singer and rapper K.Flay performed the original song "T-Rex" as part of the single music in the film's soundtrack and released on June 23, the same day as the film's limited release date.[52] The film's score album was released on June 30 by Netflix Music.[53]

Release

Nimona creator ND Stevenson at the 2023 Annecy International Animation Film Festival

Nimona was originally scheduled to be released in theaters on February 14, 2020, by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures through their 20th Century Studios banner,[9][10] but it was delayed multiple times to March 5, 2021, and then for January 14, 2022.[11][12][13][14][15][54] The film was pulled from Disney's release schedule and canceled after the closure of Blue Sky Studios on April 10, 2021.[27] It was revived by Annapurna Pictures with Netflix handling the distribution and was scheduled for a summer 2023 release. The movie premiered at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival on June 14, 2023.[55] The film received early screenings at select theatres on June 23 and 24,[56] and released digitally on Netflix on June 30.[57][58]

Due to the sensitive nature of the third act of the film where Nimona attempts suicide on Gloreth's sword, the Netflix release provided the hotline to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline after the credits.

Reception

Critical response

On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 94% of 95 critics' reviews are positive, with an average rating of 8/10. The website's consensus reads: "Tapping a rich emotional vein with its splendid animation and thoughtful allegory, Nimona is a deeply lovable animated adventure."[59] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the film a score of 75 out of 100, based on 17 critics, indicating "generally favorable" reviews.[60]

Reviewing the film following its premiere at Annecy for Variety, Peter Debruge called Nimona "such subversive fun", praising the "hip and impulsive" character of Nimona, "outside-the-box" animation, LGBTQ+ themes and vocal performances—particularly that of Moretz, which he remarked as a "delicious sense of anarchy".[61] Ben Travis of Empire compared the film to Shrek (2001) in their "satirical subversions of the fairytale formula" and wrote: "Both enthusiastically irreverent and deeply sincere, Nimona is a revisionist fairytale that forges its own path visually and narratively to beautiful effect".[62] In The Hollywood Reporter, Frank Scheck called it "a consistent delight" and commended the screenplay, direction, animation, score, and lead performances.[63]

In Screen International, Wendy Ide called it a "slick, enjoyable package" with "a couple of distinctive selling points that should set it apart" and opined: "Whether or not they understand the film's subtext, younger audiences will no doubt relish the exuberant mischief and humour that Moretz brings to her voice performance—as well as Nimona's gleeful disregard for authority and her appetite for destruction".[64] Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian gave the film a score of 3 out of 5 stars and concluded: "Nimona is likable and engaging entertainment that finds its way through self-created chaos to some humane life-lessons".[65] Associated Press critic Lindsay Bahr called it a "fantasy adventure with riot grrrl energy" and praised the animation, soundtrack and lead performances.[66]

Accolades

Award Date of ceremony Category Recipient(s) Result Ref.
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Awards December 10, 2023 Best Animated Film Nimona Nominated [67]
Women Film Critics Circle Awards December 18, 2023 Best Animated Female Chloë Grace Moretz 2nd Runner-up[a] [68]
San Diego Film Critics Society December 19, 2023 Best Animated Film Nimona Nominated [69]
Alliance of Women Film Journalists January 3, 2024 Best Animated Film Nominated [70]
Best Animated Female Chloë Grace Moretz Nominated
Astra Film Awards January 6, 2024 Best Animated Feature Nimona Nominated [71][72]
Seattle Film Critics Society Awards January 8, 2024 Best Animated Feature Nominated [73]
San Francisco Bay Area Film Critics Circle Awards January 9, 2024 Best Animated Feature Nominated [74]
Austin Film Critics Association Awards January 10, 2024 Best Voice Acting/Animated/Digital Performance Chloë Grace Moretz Nominated [75][76]
Critics' Choice Movie Awards January 14, 2024 Best Animated Feature Nimona Nominated [77]
Houston Film Critics Society January 22, 2024 Best Animated Feature Nominated [78]
Online Film Critics Society Awards January 22, 2024 Best Animated Feature Nominated [79]
Annie Awards February 17, 2024 Best Animated Feature Pending [80]
Outstanding Achievement for Directing in a Feature Production Nick Bruno, Troy Quane Pending
Outstanding Achievement for Storyboarding in a Feature Production Esteban Bravo Pending
Outstanding Achievement for Writing in a Feature Production Robert L. Baird, Lloyd Taylor Pending
Outstanding Achievement for Character Animation in a Feature Production Toby Seale Pending
Outstanding Achievement for Character Design in a Feature Production Aidan Sugano Pending
Outstanding Achievement for Production Design in an Animated Feature Production Aidan Sugano, Jeff Turley Pending
Outstanding Achievement for Editorial in a Feature Production Randy Trager, Erin Crackel, Stephen Schwartz, Ashley Calle Pending
Outstanding Achievement for Voice Acting in a Feature Production Chloë Grace Moretz Pending
Visual Effects Society Awards February 21, 2024 Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature Archie Donato, Yancy Lindquist, Theodore Ty, Anthony Kemp Pending [81]
Academy Awards March 10, 2024 Best Animated Feature Nick Bruno, Troy Quane, Karen Ryan & Julie Zackary Pending [82]
GLAAD Media Awards March 14, 2024 Outstanding Kids and Family Programming - Animated Nimona Pending [83]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Shared with Leah Lewis for Elemental (2023)

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