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Animation Magazine | Born to Sparkle! ‘Thelma the Unicorn’ Directors Jared Hess & Lynn Wang Take Us on Tour with Netflix’s New Star

This article by Karen Idelson was written for the May ’24 issue of Animation Magazine.

2 May 2024
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Fans of Aaron Blabey’s Thelma the Unicorn books get a special treat this month when the comedy movie musical inspired by the series lands on Netflix. Just as imagined in the original story, which was first published in 2017, we follow a spirited unicorn with a dream to become a famous — and sparkly — pop star.

Thelma, on a scale from glitter-dusted unicorn pop star to small farm pony with big stage dreams.

“The animation was done by the wonderful team of artists at Mikros — most of them working out of offices in Montreal, Bengaluru and Paris,” says Hess, who along with his wife was nominated for an Oscar early this year for their short Ninety-five Senses. “The crew was huge. We started production during the pandemic and so this entire movie was basically made over Zoom meetings. I can’t wait to meet some of these talented folks in person someday. Even though we were just thumbnails on a screen, our producer Pam [Coats] always found ways to throw killer Zoom parties and make everyone feel like we were in the same room.”

Read the rest of the article on the Animation Magazine website here.