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Netflix released an animated children’s movie called “Nimona,” which features violence, LGBTQ storylines, allusions to suicide, and more – and parent reviewers have said that despite its PG rating, it is not for kids.
The film, based off the 2015 graphic novel by the same name, came out on the streaming platform in June. The movie centers on Nimona, “shape-shifting teen character,” who “expresses glee at being a ‘villain’ and wreaking havoc, even in committing ‘murder,'” but “viewers discover that her behavior stems from being shunned and misunderstood because she’s different,” the movie review site Common Sense Media noted.
The film has “two characters [knights, in a futuristic medieval world] who are battling for the soul of their civilization — and falling in love with each other,” Ambrosius Goldenloin (voiced by Eugene Lee Yang) and Ballister Boldheart (played by Riz Ahmed), it added.
It was originally a product of Blue Sky Studios, but when Disney purchased Fox, it shut down both Blue Sky and the movie, Slate noted.
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Parental reviewers on Common Sense made it clear that the PG rating was wrong. One reviewer wrote that it was “definitely not for younger children. I appreciate that it was made from a graphic novel which should be a sign that it is for the ‘big kid’ crowd. … The language and storyline though feels a bit mature, and maybe more applicable to the older kid crowd.”
Another wrote that its not “for younger kids. There is a scene where two men kiss, lots of violence and suicidal thoughts. I didn’t end up thinking this was appropriate for my 8 year old. The girl Nimona in the movie actually tries to kill herself because she’s so distraught…”
One parent, who found it was not appropriate for her 8 and 5-year-old boys, noted that the talk of suicide should immediately make the film more than just PG.
“The title character states multiple times that she sometimes wishes the knights would successfully kill her,” the parent wrote. “Towards the end, Nimona becomes so distraught that she does attempt to run herself through a sword…”
Slate reviewed the film and said Netflix made the “Nimona” story “gayer” than the novel, and came to the conclusion that it is not better. The review noted that the children’s animated film has gay moments, making the relationship between the knights “more explicit” with them holding hands and sharing a kiss. Nimona’s “trans-ness” is more obvious, with the character changing from girl to boy on any given day, it added.
It wrote that Nimona “takes gay and trans-coded characters and slots them into a story we’ve seen a million times before, about misunderstood ‘monsters’ and fear of the Other…”
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