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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.

Director:

Dick Rickard (uncredited)

Writers:

Munro Leaf (story), Robert Lawson (story)
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Don Wilson ... Narrator (voice)
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 November 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Story of Ferdinand See more »

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Walt Disney Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This was the only Oscar winner for Best Short Subject (Cartoon) from the 1930s that was not a Silly Symphony. See more »

Quotes

Matador: Whassa matta with you, you crazy bull? Fight!
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Connections

Referenced in Dance, Girl, Dance (1940) See more »

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Ferdinand The Bull
Written by Larry Morey and Albert Hay Malotte
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Great message about being content with the simple things.
21 July 2017 | by OllieSuave-007See all my reviews

Ferdinand is a bull that likes to sit under a tree in the forest and smell the flowers. He doesn't hang with the other bulls and chooses to be by himself, perfectly content with his independence. When he was taken into a bull arena to fight a matador, he does not engage in the battle and, instead, smell the flowers that were tossed from the crowd.

A great story - reminds you that you can be perfectly content with the simplest things in life and you don't need to be part of the in-crowd or have materialist things to be happy. You can also be carefree and release yourself of any distractions in life.

Grade A


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