Hayop Ka! The Nimfa Dimaano Story

The best way to describe Hayop Ka! The Nimfa Dimaano Story would be as a cross between Fritz the Cat and Zootopia. How's that for a combo? The first part of the film’s title is Tagalog for "You animal!" or, more crudely, "You son of a bitch!" It's an expression used frequently on the telenovelas this wacky animated feature from the Philippines was inspired by.

Nimfa is a cat working at the perfume counter in a department store. A visit to the local psychic suggests that she will experience great sexual passion. She certainly isn't getting that from insensitive, mooching dog boyfriend Roger. Then she meets Inigo, an uber-rich dog to whom she's profoundly attracted, when he comes in to buy a fragrance for his mother. Inigo plays coy, inviting Nimfa to lunch (and other places) without making any advances toward her. She also has to contend with his playboy reputation.

Eventually, they do hook up for some hardcore paw-knocking. Because it's intentionally aping the style of telenovelas, all sorts of melodrama arises, including the insecure Roger going on a rampage when he finds out his girl has been cheating. There are also subplots involving a turtle who works for Inigo, Nimfa's romantic rival, and her sister, who is trying to hide the fact that she's had a baby.

Directed by Avid Liongoren, Hayop Ka! is a funny spoof of soap operas. It's filled with sexual innuendo, double entendres, and NSFW imagery, including a hilarious slow-motion lovemaking scene. And yet, it's also incredibly good-natured. There's nothing lascivious about the tone. Thanks to delightful animation design and charming voice work, we know immediately that this is supposed to be silly, slightly naughty fun, not something smutty or salacious.

I laughed quite a bit at Hayop Ka! The Nimfa Dimaano Story and the exploits of its animal inhabitants. There's real joy in the production, and that spirit is infectious. Running a tight 75 minutes (including end credits), it's a terrific example of adult-oriented animation.

Hayop Ka! The Nimfa Dimaano Story is unrated, but contains adult language and sexual content. The running time is 1 hour and 15 minutes.