Thelma the Unicorn

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Thelma the Unicorn
Release poster
Directed by
Written by
Based onThelma the Unicorn
by Aaron Blabey
Produced byPam Coats
Edited byEdie Ichioka[1]
Music byJohn Powell
Distributed byNetflix
Release date
  • May 17, 2024 (2024-05-17)
Running time
93 minutes
CountryUnited States

Thelma the Unicorn is an upcoming American animated musical adventure comedy film written by Jared and Jerusha Hess, and directed by Jared Hess and Lynn Wang. Based on the children's book series of the same name by Aaron Blabey, the film stars the voices of Brittany Howard, Will Forte, Jemaine Clement, Edi Patterson, Fred Armisen, Zach Galifianakis, Jon Heder and Shondrella Avery. The film marks the acting debut of Howard.[2]

Thelma the Unicorn is scheduled to be released on Netflix on May 17, 2024.


A pony named Thelma dreams of becoming a singer. In order to achieve her dream, she pretends to be a unicorn, garnering her fame and attention.

Voice cast[edit]


In June 2019, it was announced that Netflix acquired the film rights to Aaron Blabey's children's book Thelma the Unicorn after a bidding war, and was developing an animated musical adaptation. It would be directed by Jared Hess (who wrote the script with his wife Jerusha) and Lynn Wang with Blabey serving as an executive producer alongside Patrick Hughes.[4][5] Pam Coats was announced to produce the film in April 2023.[6] Mikros Animation provided the animation.

In January 2024, Brittany Howard, Will Forte, Jemaine Clement, Edi Patterson, Fred Armisen, Zach Galifianakis, Jon Heder, Maliaka Mitchell, and Ally Dixon were announced as part of the cast. This is the second collaboration between Heder and Hess since Napoleon Dynamite (2004) and the animated TV series of the same name (2012).[7] In December 2023, John Powell was confirmed to compose the film's score, beginning work the same month.[8]


It will be released on Netflix on May 17, 2024.[9][7]


  1. ^ Amidi, Amid (April 15, 2024). "First Trailer For Netflix's Musical 'Thelma The Unicorn' From Directors Jared Hess and Lynn Wang". Cartoon Brew. Retrieved April 15, 2024.
  2. ^ "First Trailer for Netflix's Animated "Thelma the Unicorn" Boasts Singing Phenom Brittany Howard in First Acting Role". April 15, 2024. Retrieved April 16, 2024.
  3. ^ "Thelma the Unicorn" (in Turkish). Beyazperde. Retrieved April 15, 2024.
  4. ^ "Jared and Jerusha Hess To Adapt Acclaimed Children's Novel "Thelma the Unicorn" by Aaron Blabey Into Animated Musical Feature Film For Netflix". Netflix Media Center (Press release). June 5, 2019. Retrieved November 5, 2023.
  5. ^ McPherson, Chris (June 5, 2019). "Netflix Sets Napoleon Dynamite's Jared & Jerusha Hess To Turn Children's Book Thelma The Unicorn Into Animated Musical". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 5, 2019.
  6. ^ Milligan, Mercedes (April 25, 2023). "Netflix Details Animated Film Slate with First Looks at 'Sandy Cheeks Movie,' 'Thelma the Unicorn' and More". Animation Magazine. Retrieved April 15, 2024.
  7. ^ a b "Netflix's 'Thelma the Unicorn' Dreams of Stardom in New Images [Exclusive]". Collider. January 25, 2024. Retrieved January 25, 2024.
  8. ^ "John Powell Scoring Lynn Wang's & Jared Hess' Thelma the Unicorn". Film Music Reporter. December 5, 2023. Retrieved December 6, 2023.
  9. ^ Giardina, Carolyn (April 25, 2023). "Netflix Animation Reveals In Your Dreams, a New SpongeBob Adventure and Additional Nimona Voice Casting". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 5, 2023.

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