After Ferdinand, a bull with a big heart, is mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure.
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Destined to become a fearless fighting bull, the young pacifist and flower-loving calf, Ferdinand, summons up the courage to escape from a Spanish bull-training camp, to finally find himself on little Nina's idyllic and fragrant farm. However, an unfortunate run-in with a busy golden bee will send the immense but peaceful animal back to the old Casa del Toro academy, where the famous matador, El Primero, usually selects his worthy bovine opponents for the arena. Does Ferdinand hide a fierce champion underneath a mountain of muscles, or is he a gentle giant after all?Written by
Funny, Adorable, and Heartfelt, Ferdinand's big heart remains intact and makes it recommended to others
Ferdinand, in my honest opinion, is not only an underrated film of 2017 but it's in my top 5 best Blue Sky Studios films. Sure, the company isn't in the same league as Pixar and DreamWorks, but there are times when they're capable of creating some films that are worthwhile. This is one of them. Now, before I can give this film some praise, my only nitpick is that Lupe, the goat, Una, Dos and Cuatro, the three hedgehogs, and the three German horses Hans, Klaus, and Greta, which I will admit, are annoying. It's not the voice work. Kate McKinnon and the others did a fine job and there are some funny moments with those characters, but they're not as well-written as the protagonist himself. Like I said, it's my only nitpick with this movie. Everything else was good. The story may not break new ground, I'll admit, but what made it executed really well is the themes of patience and perseverance against violence and a lot of heart and emotion was put into the film. Also, Ferdinand is a very likeable protagonist not because of John Cena's superb voice work, but because he has a big heart and is very resistant to use violence which many people would find very relatable. The other bulls are interesting because of their connection and childhood with Ferdinand and the human characters including Nina are also interesting. The pacing is nice and takes it time to have some heartfelt and quiet moments (which I won't spoil to those who haven't seen the film yet) and the comedy's really funny too. The animation continues to be Blue Sky's greatest strength of all. The cartoon-y, but expressive character designs, the beautiful visuals, and the bullfighting sequences which are amazing to look at. The best part, however, would have to go to John Powell's soundtrack. His resume with animation scores is quite superb with his best work being the first two Kung Fu Panda films and the first two How To Train Your Dragon films (with the third film coming out next year) and his score here is also beautiful. The Mexican guitars, the emotion, tension, the comedy, and most of all, the atmosphere which he excels at greatly. Overall, Ferdinand isn't a masterpiece, I'll admit, but much like character himself, it's big heart remains intact. This deserves a recommendation to those who haven't seen it. Thumbs up. :)
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