‘Hayop Ka!’ animator on backlash over Robin Padilla casting: ’He doesn’t represent the movie’

Kevin Eric Raymundo, an animator who worked on the upcoming film Hayop Ka! The Nimfa Dimaano Story, asked viewers to support the movie, even as it’s been criticized for the casting of Robin Padilla as one of the main characters.

Robin, a vocal supporter of President Rodrigo Duterte, has gotten flak for problematic comments he’s made on TV in the past and for his opinions on questionable government actions – for instance, he recently expressed support for the controversial project that brought crushed dolomite to Manila Bay.

Because of Robin’s part in the film, some people called to boycott it – but in a September 21 tweet, one of its animators appealed to viewers to support the film and not judge it by its actors alone.

“I’ve worked on this awesome film. Please don’t judge it by its VA. He doesn’t represent the movie as a whole,” Kevin said.

“Support the artists who have worked hard on this project. Sila naman ang totoong bida dito (They’re the real stars of this film),” he continued, adding that ultimately, it’s the artists that will be affected if people boycott it.

In the film, Robin voices the character of Roger, the askal janitor boyfriend of the main character, a cat named Nimfa (Angelica Panganiban), who sells perfume at a department store. In the film, Nimfa gets caught in a love triangle between her boyfriend and a “bourgeouisie business dog” named Iñigo Villaneuva (Sam Milby).

The film is directed by Avid Liongoren, and written by Manny Angeles and Paulle Olivenza. It is executive produced by Piolo Pascual, who also voices a character in the movie.

Also part of the cast are Empoy Marquez, Arci Muñoz, Eugene Domingo, Yeng Constantino, Moira dela Torre, and Bb Joyce Bernal.

The film is the first adult animation to stream on Netflix, and will be available across Asia in English and Taglish as You Animal! It is set to premiere on the platform on October 29. – Rappler.com