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‘Hayop Ka!’ animator as Robin Padilla’s role stirs boycott calls: ‘He doesn’t represent the movie as a whole’

/ 11:55 AM September 24, 2020
Robin Padilla

Robin Padilla and Angelica Panganiban star as Roger (left) and Nimfa in “Hayop Ka! The Nimfa Dimaano Story.” Image: screengrab from YouTube/rocketsheep studio

As Robin Padilla’s role in the animated film “Hayop Ka! The Nimfa Dimaano Story” roused calls for a boycott, one animator who worked on the project appealed that audiences be not so quick to judge.

Artist Kevin Eric Raymundo spoke out on Monday, Sept. 21, after the announcement that the film would stream on Netflix caused a stir because of Robin Padilla’s casting. The actor is a staunch supporter of President Rodrigo Duterte.

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Raymundo is known for his relatable online comics “Tarantadong Kalbo,” which tackle national issues.

“I’ve worked on this awesome film. Please don’t judge it by its [voice actor]. He doesn’t represent the movie as a whole. Thanks!” he wrote via Twitter.

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“Kung ako lang ang masusunod i-auto-eject ko na yun agad-agad. But alas, ako’y isang hamak na animator lamang (If it were up to me, I would auto-eject him right away. But alas, I am but a humble animator),” he said.

“Support the artists who have worked hard on this project. Sila naman ang totoong bida dito (They are the true stars here).”

When asked who cast Padilla, he said, “From what I know, hindi yung sa production side ang nag-decide nun. After na lang namin nalaman (From what I know, the production side did not decide on that. We only learned of it afterward).”

Twitter users have rallied behind the film amid calls for boycott, stressing that the local animation industry needs support.

“Hayop Ka!” also stars Angelica Panganiban and Sam Milby. It is the first animated film from the Philippines to stream on Netflix and premieres on Oct. 29.  /ra

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