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Ferdinand the Bull (1938)

Little Ferdinand the bull is stung by a bumblebee when men come to pick a bull for a fight. When he gets in the arena, all he cares about are the flowers in the matador's hands.

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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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Trivia

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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Spoofed in Tomten är far till alla barnen (1999) See more »

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Ferdinand The Bull
Written by Larry Morey and Albert Hay Malotte
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the bull who likes flowers
2 May 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Munro Leaf's original story comes to life with the pictures of Walt Disney and his artists, who give personality and life to the characters of Ferdinand, his fellow bulls, and the bullfighters.

Ferdinand himself is a sensitive soul, who has no desire to fight and just likes sitting under his favourite tree and smelling the flowers. The other bulls do nothing but fight and cause a racket, but when the bullfighters come looking for the fiercest bull for their show, guess who by some odd circumstance gets picked?

This little cartoon is a joy from start to finish, and Ferdinand is one of the cutest and funniest characters ever created in an animated short. Highly recommended!


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