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Ferdinand the Bull (1938)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Family, Animation  |  25 November 1938 (USA)
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Little Ferdinand would much rather smell the flowers than butt heads with the other cows. When the men come to choose the bull for the fight, Ferdinand accidentally sits on a bumblebee. The... See full summary »

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Little Ferdinand would much rather smell the flowers than butt heads with the other cows. When the men come to choose the bull for the fight, Ferdinand accidentally sits on a bumblebee. The men see him dash around madly, so they pick Ferdinand. Comes the bullfight, and all Ferdinand cares about is the bouquet of flowers a woman tossed to the matador. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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The parade of bullfighters consists of caricatures of various Disney artists. The caricatures include (in order of appearance), Bill Tytla (on horseback), Fred Moore, Art Babbitt, Hamilton Luske, and Jack Campbell (I)'. The matador himself is supposedly patterned after Walt Disney. The little man bringing up the rear, carrying the matador's sword, is Ward Kimball, the lead animator on the scene. See more »

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Matador: Whassa matta with you, you crazy bull? Fight!
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Referenced in The Unearthly (1957) See more »

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Ferdinand The Bull
Written by Larry Morey and Albert Hay Malotte
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All the other little bulls butted their heads around - but not Ferdinand.
11 June 2008 | by (Scotland) – See all my reviews

This is one of a great amount of Disney shorts called Silly Symphonies. Overall each one (from what I have seen) is very gorgeous and there are Silly Symphonies to suit all cartoon lovers' tastes.

I had the pleasure of finding and watching this cartoon just now, having seen it about 8 years ago or so. Now, of course (I am younger than you may think I am) I see much more in this cartoon, the sweetness, the good animation - and the slight stereotypes with the donkeys and some of the parade on the bullfight scene.

The summary pretty much explains this short. This cartoon is about a bull called Ferdinand, in Spain, who is very calm and peaceful and does not want to fight. One day, he sits on a bee and the sting makes him go wild...

I like this Silly Symphony because it is incredibly sweet, it is quite funny, it has good, peaceful Disney animation, it has quite amusing slapstick, it possesses the moral that being calm and peaceful will bring you a good life, subtly embedded in this and there is a constant narrator whose voice is calm and peaceful. Apart from the middle bit of this episode I would recommend this for meditating people.

Whether you mainly enjoy watching Looney Tunes (like me) or whether you watch a great deal of Disney shorts anyhow, I recommend this to anyone who likes cartoon stuff. It is very beautiful, as are a few other Silly Symphonies, such as "Little Hiyawatha" and "The Ugly Duckling". Enjoy "Ferdinand the Bull"! :-)


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