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Filipino animated film 'Hayop Ka! The Nimfa Dimaano Story' debuts on Netflix in October

By Christian Imperio Published Sep 21, 2020 12:00 am Updated Sep 21, 2020 12:42 pm

Netflix has just announced that Filipino animated film Hayop Ka! The Nimfa Dimaano Story will debut on the streaming platform on October 29.

The animated film follows the story of Nimfa Dimaano, the pretty pussycat who sells perfume at a department store. She has a boyfriend named Roger, a macho mongrel who is a janitor. Nifma’s lovelife suddenly becomes complicated when she meets the bourgeois business dog, Iñigo Villanueva.

The film stars Angelica Panganiban, Robin Padilla and Sam Milby. Additional voice cast includes Empoy Marquez, Piolo Pascual, Arci Muñoz, Eugene Domingo, Yeng Constantino, Moira dela Torre and Bb. Joyce Bernal. 

The Filipino animated film is described as an “adult animation comedy” that offers "a refreshing look at societal expectations, personal aspirations and the classic love triangle.” “Will Nimfa and Roger’s love for DVDs and cheap street food keep them together or will Iñigo’s high society charms tear them apart?” the synopsis read.

Hayop Ka! The Nimfa Dimaano Story, the first animated Netflix film from the Philippines, is directed by Avid Liongoren and written by Manny Angeles and Paulle Olivenza. It’s animated and produced by Rocketsheep Studio and Spring Films – Erickson Raymundo, Piolo Pascual, Joyce Bernal, E Del Mundo, Avid Liongoren and Manny Angeles.

According to Liongoren, it took them “three years of serious hard work to create this light and comical film.”

“While our main goal is to elicit a few laughs, our advocacy is to encourage local animation production. In the global animation industry, the Philippines is a go-to nation for outsourcing animation services. We are home to thousands of talented animators but sadly, we are not known for ideating and producing our own work," Liongoren said. "There have been less than 10 animated feature films in the entire 100-year history of Philippine cinema, and we want to continue adding to that, while also hoping that little by little, someday, Filipino animators can be known as not just service providers, but creators as well. We hope you enjoy Hayop Ka! on Netflix."

(Image from Nimfa Dimaano/Facebook)