Nimona parents guide

Nimona Parent Guide

One of Netflix's best animated movies, this combines stunning backdrops with energetic action sequences and a compelling story.

Overall A-

Netflix: Determined to clear his name, the wannabe knight Bal teams up with a girl named Nimona who has unusual abilities.

Release date June 30, 2023

Violence B-
Sexual Content A-
Profanity A
Substance Use A

Why is Nimona rated PG? The MPAA rated Nimona PG for violence and action, thematic elements, some language, and rude humor

Run Time: 101 minutes

Parent Movie Review

In a futuristic medieval world, commoner Ballister Boldheart (Riz Ahmed) is set to become the first non-noble to be named a knight of the realm. But when his knighting ceremony goes disastrously wrong, Bal has to flee into the forests beyond the kingdom wall. While there, he meets Nimona (Chloe Grace Moretz), a mysterious young girl with a penchant for vengeance and the ability to shape shift. Together, Bal and Nimona set out to clear Bal’s name and save the kingdom, all while avoiding a taskforce of knights, led by Ambrosius Goldenloin (Eugene Lee Yang).

In a world of generic, boring animated features I am so happy when a studio takes a chance on something different. Nimona is beautifully animated, with fantastic character design, stunning backdrops, and energetic action sequences. The world itself is also amazing, offering a combination of futuristic sci-fi and medieval elements that create something wholly original. On the art style alone, I would recommend this movie. Luckily, it has even more to offer than that.

The story of Nimona is more layered than I expected going into it. There are some obvious themes around prejudice, but what I didn’t expect were messages about how we shape our identities based on the labels placed on us by others, and a commentary on police states and propaganda. The plot itself is relatively simple, which is beneficial for the intended audience, but the deeper themes make it interesting to viewers of all ages. The characters are also multi-layered, which makes them relatable and interesting.

Parents should be aware that there is some fantasy violence throughout the film, though there is no blood. It is on par with most animated family films, though I think the stylized animation helps keep the scariness level low. Other than that, there isn’t much negative content to speak of, making this a great choice for most family audiences. (There is a kiss between two male characters; whether or not you see that as a plus depends on your views on sexuality and diversity.) With stunning animation, a well-written story, and dimensional characters, Nimona is one of the best animated features to come out of Netflix this year.

Directed by Nick Bruno, Troy Quane. Starring Chloe Grace Moretz, Riz Ahmed, Eugene Lee Yang. Running time: 101 minutes. Theatrical release June 30, 2023. Updated

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Rating & Content Info

Why is Nimona rated PG? Nimona is rated PG by the MPAA for violence and action, thematic elements, some language, and rude humor

Violence: Fantasy violence throughout. A character’s arm is cut off, no blood. A character is stabbed. Swordfights and explosions throughout. Some discussion of murder.
Sexual Content: Two men kiss.
Profanity: One use of a term of deity and some mild insults.
Alcohol / Drug Use: None.

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Loved this movie? Try these books…

The movie is based on a graphic novel, Nimona, written and illustrated by ND Stevenson.

Young chapter book readers who want more tales about knights can read The Knight at Dawn. Written by Mary Pope Osborne, this is the second book in her Magic Tree House series.

For lavish illustrations and a knightly tale, find a copy of Saint George and the Dragon. This picture book is written by Margaret Hodges and intricately illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman.

Alex and Connor fall into a land where fairy tales are real in The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell. This fast moving fantasy novel is written by Chris Colfer.

Three children set off on an unusual quest across medieval Europe in Hatem Aly’s The Inquisitor’s Tale, Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog.

A classic Arthurian tale is interpreted for children in Sir Gawain & The Green Knight as written by Michael Morpurgo and illustrated by Michael Foreman.

Princess Anya can break curses with a magical kiss but she’s faced with a wicked stepfather. In Frogkisser! by Garth Nix, the princess heads off on a quest to free her kingdom.

Kate Stradling’s The Legendary Inge features a girl who inadvertently slays a monster, only to find herself in the castle, being introduced as the King’s new foster son. This tale of magic and monsters will keep middle grade readers turning pages. Teens will get a kick out of the author’s The Heir and the Spare, with its Machiavellian court machinations.

Home Video

Related home video titles:

If you enjoy stylized animation for family audiences, you can watch Wolfwalkers, The Secret of Kells, or Song of the Sea. If adventurous tales of derring-do keep your kids interested, try watching Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, Shrek, Muppet Treasure Island, The Kid Who Would Be King, Ladyhawke, The Princess Bride, Eragon, or Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves.