Ferdinand: What You Need to Know
In Spain, the Casa del Toro ranch harbours a bull named Ferdinand who would rather stop and smell the flowers than fight. In this American family animation, Ferdinand the friendly bull enlists the help of some animal sidekicks and embarks on an adventure.
The movie arrives on DVD and Blu-ray on Monday (April 16th) and here is everything you need to know about it...
Who’s in it?
John Cena, Kate McKinnon, Sally Hawkins, Bobby Cannavale, Gina Rodriguez, David Tennant and Daveed Diggs (Lafayette in Hamilton on Broadway, recently Mr Browne on screen in Steven Chbosky’s Wonder) all lend their voices to this one.
And who’s directing?
Carlos Saldanha, who also directed the gentle giants in the animated Ice Age films, is behind the camera.
What’s the plot?
We begin in Spain at the Casa del Toro ranch that harbours a bull named Ferdinand (Colin H. Murphy) who is bullied by the other calves for stopping to smell the flowers. When his father fails to return from a bullfight, a frightened Ferdinand escapes the ranch and is adopted by the owner of an idyllic florist farm (Juanes).
Soon Ferdinand grows into an enormous bull but retains his gentle nature. A run-in with a bee causes Ferdinand to trample a flower festival, sending him back to the Casa Del Toro Academy where the famous matador, El Primero (Miguel Ángel Silvestre) selects his opponents. Ferdinand is warned that if he does not use his muscle then he will become a pound of meat. To escape the Casa Del Toro ranch and return to his human family, Ferdinand must enlist the help of some animal friends, uncover a mystery and explore whether a bull can survive as a lover, not a fighter.
Does it deliver?
Based off of Monroe Leaf’s 1936 children’s book The Story of Ferdinand, this amiabull tale stands the tests of time and proves that refraining from judgment based on appearance is remains relevant. Underneath this gentle CGI animation is the heart of a champion.