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Ferdinand (2017)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Young Valiente (voice)
... Young Guapo (voice)
Nile Diaz ... Young Bones (voice)
Colin H. Murphy ... Young Ferdinand (voice)
... Screaming Matador / Additional Voices (voice)
... Ferdinand's Father (voice)
... Valiente's Father / Valiente (voice)
... Moreno (voice)
... Ranch Hand #1 (voice)
... Juan (voice)
... Paco (voice)
Julia Scarpa Saldanha ... Young Nina (voice) (as Julia Saldanha)
... Ferdinand (voice)
Lily Day ... Nina (voice)
Rafael Scarpa Saldanha ... Ice Cream Boy (voice) (as Rafael Saldanha)
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Storyline

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 Nick Riganas

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Built to fight. Born to love. See more »


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Rated PG for rude humor, action and some thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Box Office

Budget:

$111,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,401,586, 17 December 2017, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$84,400,023, 24 May 2018

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$295,038,508, 20 May 2018
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Trivia

First lead role in an animated project for John Cena. Before that, he had previously landed the lead roles in Dave the Barbarian and the pilot to Ultimate Muscle: The Kinnikuman Legacy (2002), but both were never released to the public. He had also auditioned for Ron Stoppable in Kim Possible (2002). See more »

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Ferdinand is named Ferdinand from birth, when he is being raised at the bull camp. He then runs away and is adopted by a new family, but how does this new family know that is name is Ferdinand? He was not wearing any identification tags, and he clearly couldn't speak to the humans to tell them this. See more »

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Lupe: It's a dog-eat-dog, bull-fight-bull, everyone-hates-on-the-goat world.
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Crazy Credits

During the first half of the closing credits, family photos of Ferdinand alongside Juan, Nina, Paco, Lupe and the rest of bulls are shown. See more »


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Home (Film Version)
Written by Nick Jonas, Justin Tranter, and Nick Monson
Performed by Nick Jonas
Produced by John Powell and Nick Monson
Arranged by John Powell and Batu Sener
Courtesy of Island Records under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Ferdinand delivers on it's pacifist morals, but is only a passable animated movie.
22 December 2017 | by See all my reviews

I'm sure a lot of people have heard the term of "stopping to smell the roses". It's a metaphor for seizing a moment in life to enjoy the more beautiful elements that are taken for granted. While some things could mean an entertaining movie or TV show, this is usually meant for something that we rarely pay attention to like a landscape, a sunset, or even the flowers in your backyard. The truth there couldn't be stronger as we often complain about the bad decisions and atrocities, and yet we probably hold back more then we should. There is a benefit to appreciating the little elements that do us a lot of good.

The idea to "stop and smell the roses" is most associated with the children's book of Ferdinand the Bull, which was about the biggest and strongest bull that would rather smell flowers then fight. While I haven't read it, it sounds like a good moral (especially in today's icy society of politics and stress) that a lot of people really ought to take in. Like a lot of children's books, it should come as no surprise that a movie adaptation would be inevitable. So let's see if Ferdinand can make a modern movie transition.

In Spain, a young calf escapes from a bullfighting training facility when his father is selected, but never comes back. Aside of escaping the tragedy, he's also running from the bullying he gets from his lack of interest in violence. He finds himself in a farm where he's taken care of by a florist Juan and his daughter Nina. Fully grown, the bull Ferdinand (played by John Cena) is a big animal, but is only focused on smelling the flowers and trying to make the other animals happy. When he get's stung by a bee and accidently causes mayhem at a flower festival, animal control seizes him and takes him back to the bullfighting facility he escaped from.

He comes across calves now grown like Bones (played by Antony Anderson), Guapo (played by Peyton Manning), Angus (played by David Tennent) and Valiente (played by Bobby Cannavale) who all dream of being selected to bullfight. While Ferdinand does befriend an insane goat Lupe (played by Kate McKinnon), all he wants is to escape, especially after finding out that all bulls selected either never win bull fights or are sent to the chophouse.

The story of Ferdinand seems to carry the same themes of enjoying the simpler things in life. It also seems that the writers wanted to incorporate an anti bullying element that's not a bad idea. Does it work? I think it does, but then again, I feel like that the story of an outsider within a society has been done several times in animated movies (The Lego Movie, Rio, Ice Age, countless DreamWorks films, etc...). If Ferdinand is going to stand out, it really needed to think outside the box.

The problem I'm having is the movie feels at least ten years behind the curve. I think it simply falls on the story. A lot of the things they do are not bad ideas, but are things that I've seen done better in other animated movies; the goofy sidekicks, the big chase, the animals roaming in cities. Much of it isn't that original or even that funny. To it's credit, I don't think it's trying to be a major comedy, but rather tell a sweeter story. Because of that, the film retains a quieter and slower tone...for the most part (there's a pointless dance sequence and a use of the "Macarena" song that feel out of place). I appreciate it for more what it's trying to do when the final result.

The one element that does help it is John Cena as Ferdinand. The pro wrestler is actually fitting in to his comedic elements a lot better then his earlier work. He does carry a charisma that makes his large personality an advantage for the pacifist bull. He even got a laugh out of me every now and then. Does it make up for the rest of the movie? I can't say this is a bad movie, but a merely passable animated film for families that are looking for something to watch.

I'll give this five Ferdinand bulls out of ten. It's hard to get mad at a film that does accomplish it's goal, but I still think there's better ways to tell this story. Children should like it fine (I probably would have at eight as well), but adults will probably be board. I'd tell the family to watch Coco instead, but Ferdinand delivers on what it offers.


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