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MPAA Rated PG for rude humor, action and some thematic elements

Sex & Nudity

  • Lupe the Goat had a few lines with mild innuendo in one scene, where she looks over Ferdinand's bottom, and says "A plus on the plank, mama like that in an admiring way.
  • A trio of trained German horses take particular pleasure in goading Ferdinand. "I bet his parents weren't even related," one snorts.
  • The matador El Primero flexes his buttocks as a show of his muscular prowess.

Violence & Gore

  • The main character is a fighting bull.
  • One bull loses it's horn and is sent to a slaughterhouse
  • Ferdinand finds a room full of swords, and pictures of bulls that the matador fought along with their horns.
  • Though the bulls at Casa del Toro believe they are training to "fight for glory" in the bullring-with the expectation that a strong bull can actually return after a victory-that's obviously never the case.
  • We never see any death or bloodletting, but we're told about it.
  • "I'm here to soothe you now so you can maim and gore later," Lupe tells Ferdinand.
  • As mentioned, bulls that cannot fight are sent to the "chop house" on a nearby hill.
  • "You either fight or you're meat!" a bull declares.
  • Two bulls are carted off to the chop house. But while we do see that building's swirling saw blades, we never witness any of the alluded-to butchering onscreen.
  • Ferdinand eventually sets the chop house's prisoners free.
  • There are quite a few thumping pratfalls as a part of the bull training activities.
  • Horses and bulls also shock themselves as they hit an electrified fence.
  • El Primero slashes at Ferdinand with his sword and small lances, slicing the bull's flank at one point.
  • Ferdinand barely misses crushing a bunny, and the poor animal faints from the shock of the near-death encounter.
  • A bug is beheaded.


  • General namecalling, "flower boy", "puny", "bag of bones", "loser", the transitive verb "sucks" is used once.
  • A handful of exclamations include "oh my gosh," "geez Louise" and "holy cow."
  • Someone is called a "loser." We hear a couple of verbal references to a "bull's butt."
  • Lupe, the rather loopy goat, refers to Ferdinand by a number of quirky nicknames, including "F-stop," and the unexplained "F-bomb" on one occasion.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The scene where Guapo gets sent to the slaughterhouse can be frightening for kids. But, he is later seen again and he is okay.
  • Ferdinand's dad gets sent off to fight a matador, but when the truck comes back it was empty, and later, Ferdinand finds a room full of swords and pictures of bulls, including his father along with their horns, this scene can be frightening for young kids.


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Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Ferdinand and the bull fighter are fighting in an arena, and Ferdinand tosses the bull fighter out of the ring, but he comes back in and angrily tries to attack him with spears, and strikes Ferdinand in the shoulder, where a little bit of blood is visible. He then pulls out a sword in an attempt to kill him. However, the crowd responded and told him to let Ferdinand live. But this scene can be intense for a lot of young viewers.

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