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Nimfa is a proletariat pussycat with man troubles. Hayop-ka! The Nimfa Dimaano Story is Avid Liongoren’s corny, funny and sweet animated feature. In Tagalog, “Hayop-ka!” is used as an expression of surprise, anger, frustration, and loosely translates to “You animal!”. However, throw it into more heated encounters, and it can also mean “You Sonofabitch!”. Meant to imitate the very popular Filipino soap-operas, the satire is infused with insider jokes and Philippine humor. But that won’t exclude international audiences. Everyone is welcome to laugh at the shenanigans of Nimfa and the other animals in her neighborhood.

It’s no surprise that Nimfa’s name is a play on the word Nympho. As in Nymphomaniac, Oh, yes, it may be worth mentioning, this is not a kiddie cartoon. Very adult situations are at play. Nimfa worries about her future while her live-in boyfriend can barely make rent. The couple can only afford the same cheap meal every night, and though the boyfriend (a buff dog with more muscle than brain) is great in bed, Nimfa yearns for something better.

Lovely and intricate background art combines with terrific character styling, where no one is purely likeable and good. Still, it’s hard not to fall in love with the over-the-top caricatures and the situations they get themselves into.

The small indie animation team have pulled off something enjoyable and aesthetically dazzling. Highly recommended if Fantasia-goers need a break from all the blood and guts the festival specializes in.

Fantasia Film Festival 2020 runs from August 5th to August 25th. 2020.

Hayop-ka! The Nimfa Dimaano Story – On Demand as of August 5th.

Official Fantasia Website