Love it or hate it, Netflix’s newest Filipino original, Hayop Ka! The Nimfa Dimaano Story, has arguably been the talk of the town on social media ever since its release last week.
Generating buzz for its racy, NSFW plot, and more importantly, its captivating 2D visuals, the hour-long romp is the streaming site’s first Filipino animated original. Leading the cast is Angelica Panganiban as the titular Nimfa, a perfume sales kitty at a department store who finds herself in quite the predicament when she cheats on her janitor boyfriend Roger (Robin Padilla) with the handsome and rich bourgeoisie business dog, Iñigo Villanueva (Sam Milby).
Angelica, who entered the project for her first ever voice-only role openly talked about her struggles with the unfamiliar job in a round table interview with media. The 34-year-old who’d been trained for acting at a young age admitted to once downplaying the voice-acting arena before accepting her role on Hayop Ka. “Dati iniisip ko madali lang yan. Magsasalita ka lang, ire-record ka lang, tapos tapos na yung trabaho mo. Easy money,” revealed Angelica. “ Diyos ko, hindi pala. Hindi pala talaga! Hindi ko in-expect na nakakapagod siya and very challenging.”
She continued “Nanggigigil ako minsan pag hindi ko makuha. Gusto kong ipakita yung mukha ko na ‘eto na siya, totoo naman’ pero and hirap mag-reflect 'di ba?” Backed by her new experience, Angelica says she gained new-found respect for voice actors and their craft. “Ang taas ng respeto ko bigla sa mga voice actors…Natuwa naman ako kasi may mga bago akong natutunan at na-apply ko rin ngayon sa trabaho ko.”
If you've yet to see the film and have plans on doing so, the story itself is described by Director Avid Liongoren as "kabalastugan na may ginintuang aral." That said, apart from wanting to impart a moral lesson without seeming like a didactic watch, Direk Avid also revealed his hopes of inspiring more Filipino animators through the Netflix movie. “What we’re trying to do lang, and what we need the help of other studios to do is keep creating these things so that hopefully we find and create a Filipino style when it comes to cartoons, because everyone wants to be either Disney or anime," he explained.
“I’m not saying we’re there, we’re still on the way, we’re still trying to formulate something Pinoy, but it starts with using your environment, i-drawing mo ang Quezon City, Manggahan, EDSA… parang kaunti lang interesado na i-rep ang sariling atin when it comes to drawn (projects)... Gusto lang namin na masanay tayo i-drawing ang paligid natin.”
You can now stream Hayop Ka! The Nimfa Dimaano Story, exclusively on Netflix.