|Directed by||:||Carlos Saldanha||Produced by||:||Bruce Anderson, Lori Forte, Paul Feig||Based on||:||The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf||Starring||:||John Cena, Kate McKinnon||Production company||:||Blue Sky Studios, 20th Century Fox Animation, Davis Entertainment (uncredited)||Country||:||United States|
Ferdinand has laughs and bright, colorful animation. There just isn't enough there for whoever ends up taking the kids to the theater.
Ferdinand is one of those classic children's stories that we all know reasonably well, even if we never actually read the book. It's been translated and adapted several times before, and the newest incarnation of the pacifist bull comes in the form of an animated feature from the studio behind the Ice Age movies.
Ferdinand is a young bull being raised among others who are all being trained to compete in the bullfights of Madrid. However, Ferdinand has no interest in fighting, and would rather sit and smell the flowers. Ferdinand's father is a very large and strong bull, who gets chosen to fight in Madrid, but when dad doesn't return home, Ferdinand escapes his home and finds his way to a farm where he grows up to be a massive, though no less peaceful, animal. Unfortunately, following an accident that results in Ferdinand tearing a path of destruction through town, he's viewed as a vicious beast, leading him down a path toward the bullfighting arena he'd been trying to avoid.
If you still remember your reading of Ferdinand from your childhood days, or possibly recently reading it to another child, you'll notice some significant differences in the story, even in that brief summary. The most difficult thing about turning a children's book that can be read in about 10 minutes into a feature film, is figuring out where to add to the story. Ferdinand the movie does this in a pair of ways. One works, and one doesn't.