Netflix video shows how ‘Nimona’ came to life from a graphic novel
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Netflix video shows how 'Nimona' came to life from a graphic novel

The much-anticipated adaptation of Nimona has finally arrived on Netflix to much fanfare. The streaming platform recently shared a video demonstrating how some of the beloved scenes jumped to life right from the pages of the graphic novel, and fans are busy exchanging notes.

After facing numerous delays and getting almost permanently cancelled, fans can now immerse themselves in the epic tale brought to life.

Based on the graphic novel by ND Stevenson, Nimona follows the journey of Ballister Boldheart (voiced by Riz Ahmed), a knight unjustly accused of a crime, as he joins forces with the shape-shifting Nimona (voiced by Chloë Grace Moretz) to clear his name. 

The key to any well-made adaptation lies in striking the perfect balance between honouring the source material and introducing new elements, and Nimona seems to have accomplished that.

Just like the enigmatic character Nimona herself, the story underwent a transformation during its transition to the silver screen. Still, many iconic moments from the graphic novel were meticulously brought to life. The video highlights the initial encounter between Nimona and Ballister, featuring the simple two words, “Hey, boss,” which sets their journey in motion. 

Numerous other significant scenes between Nimona and Ballister remained intact, albeit expanded upon, including her remarkable transformations into a rhino and then a shark. Their engaging game night also made it in, as did a scene showing Ballister’s care for Nimona.

The comparison video also presents a few scenes that shift the focus away from Nimona and Ballister. One such scene depicts a clandestine meeting between Ballister and Ambrosius Goldenloin (voiced by Eugene Lee Yang) as they discuss unfolding events. 

While certain details may have been altered, the essence of these scenes echoes the key moments from the graphic novel. The animated film also faithfully captures the chaotic attack on the town square, where the Institute knights capture Ballister.

One of the most significant changes in the transition from page to screen involves the circumstances that lead to Ballister’s exile from the kingdom. In the movie, he is framed for the murder of the Queen, whereas the graphic novel explores his pursuit of a broader conspiracy within the Institution. 

Nimona’s backstory also receives additional depth in the film, with viewers learning about her connection to Gloreth, an idol unique to the movie adaptation. Additionally, the movie showcases an explicitly romantic relationship between Ballister and Ambrosius, complete with heartfelt professions of love and a passionate kiss, while the graphic novel only implies their connection.

Directed by Nick Bruno and Troy Quane, with a screenplay by Robert L. Baird and Lloyd Taylor, Nimona is a collaborative effort between Karen Ryan, Julie Zackary, and Stevenson, who served as co-producer. The voice cast boasts exceptional talents, including Frances Conroy, Lorraine Toussaint, Julio Torres, Beck Bennett, Indya Moore, and RuPaul Charles.

Nimona is currently streaming on Netflix.