Making Netflix's Nimona: why it owes a surprising debt to Chuck Jones

Nimona; a smiling character
(Image credit: © 2023 Netflix, Inc.)

Nimona almost never happened. This beautiful Netflix animation was originally developed by Blue Sky Studios, the team behind The Peanuts movie, Ice Age and Horton Hears a Who!, before it closed dramatically in 2021. A world without Nimona would have been a sadder place. 

One of those responsible for saving Nimona and bringing it to life is Theodore 'Ted' Ty, the global head of character animation at DNEG Animation, but also a 30 year animation veteran who has Mulan, Lion King and How to Train Your Dragon 2 on his impressive CV. Reflecting on his career history, it's no wonder Ty's focus for Nimona was on the core principles of animation - of crafting a story, focusing on key poses and bringing an old-fashioned 2D sensibility into 3D. It makes Nimona a special movie.

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Ian Dean
Editor, Digital Arts & 3D

Ian Dean is Editor, Digital Arts & 3D at Creativebloq, and the former editor of many leading magazines. These titles included ImagineFX, 3D World and leading video game title Official PlayStation Magazine. In his early career he wrote for music and film magazines including Uncut and SFX. Ian launched Xbox magazine X360 and edited PlayStation World. For Creative Bloq, Ian combines his experiences to bring the latest news on AI, digital art and video game art and tech, and more to Creative Bloq, and in his spare time he doodles in Procreate, ArtRage, and Rebelle while finding time to play Xbox and PS5. He's also a keen Cricut user and laser cutter fan, and is currently crafting on Glowforge and xTools M1.