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.
In a city of humanoid animals, a hustling theater impresario's attempt to save his theater with a singing competition becomes grander than he anticipates even as its finalists find that their lives will never be the same.
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
Many of the character's names are little puns or at least implied descriptions of the characters themselves. Guapo is a Spanish slang term for "big tough guy" but can also refer to one who thinks he is "all that" which is exactly like the character who is always flashing a smile and likes to strike poses. Valiente means brave or valiant, which is not shown from said character until later. Bones is so skinny you can see his bones through his hide, namely his pelvic bones. Maquina means machine, and we see this in how he dances like a robot, conducts electricity, and the rumor that he was made in a lab. Una, Dos, and Quatro mean One, Two, and Four. Angus is a common Scottish name but also the name for a breed of Scottish cattle. El Primero is less of a name and more of a title, and it means "The First" or in this case more likely, "The Best". Some other names aren't quite as clear. Lupe sounds like "loopy", American vernacular for crazy and even Nina when written as niña means "girl". Lupe is also short for Guadalupe (Virgen of Guadalupe). See more »
When Ferdinand asks the hedgehogs what happened to Tres? The hedgehogs make the sign of the cross but Una the female hedgehog does it with her left hand. In the Catholic religion the sign of the cross is always done with the right hand. See more »
Look, Ferd. You're still a kid. When you grow up, your dreams are gonna change. Everything's gonna change. I tell ya one thing that's gonna change, you're gonna be bigger and tougher than your old man, that's for sure.
Yes way! Yeah! And then you'll see. You're gonna get in that ring and You're gonna be the champ!
Can I be a champ without fighting, maybe?
[the old bull sighs sadly]
Oh Ferdinand. I really wish the world worked like that for you. I do. But... that's just not how it is, for...
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The title doesn't appear on screen until the end. See more »
The UK version is cut for a U certificate, removing a use of "bloody", several scenes of characters being electrocuted, a sequence where Ferdinand and Valiente must evade blades in a meat processing plant, and Ferdinand being slashed during the climax. See more »
It seems that some people think the jokes in this movie fall flat and there is too much unnecessary clutter, but I honestly really really loved this movie. It was a reluctant choice after not finding anything else playing that we wanted to see, but man am I glad we saw it!
Ferdinand is the cutest bull I've ever seen, and I have to say I'm not familiar with this studio's other films but I thought the animation style was wonderful. I especially liked the wide range of expressions on Ferdinand's face throughout the movie, with a few close-ups that really captured the perfection of those expressions well.
The story itself was inspirational and heartwarming, full of examples and discussions on being yourself and breaking the mold and not letting anyone else define who you are. There were some heavy-handed moments that I'm not sure a younger viewer would understand, or possibly that may be too bleak for a very young viewer. Some of the humor was a little more adult-oriented, but most of it was clean, although sometimes rather stupid. The ending is pretty much exactly what you'd expect of a feel-good kid's movie, and I liked it very much.
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