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Ferdinand

Opening Date
21 Dec 2017
Rating
PG
Runtime
108 mins
Language
English - subtitles to be advised
Genre
Animation
Director
Carlos Saldanha
Cast
John Cena, Gina Rodriguez, Bobby Cannavale
Synopsis
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.
Reviews
By Kimberly Tan  22 Dec 2017
Blue Sky Animation does an amazing job with the film, which includes a cast of three dancing horses and a band of hedgehogs. The dancing horses are featured in a dance-off with the bulls in the film, which is hilarious.
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Based off the novel, The Story of Ferdinand (1936) by Munro Leaf, Ferdinand is the coming-of-age story of a young bull who would rather smell the flowers than engage in bullfighting. Refusing to follow in his father’s footsteps in becoming a fighter bull, he escapes from the ranch. On his way, he is adopted by a family who shower him with love. He outgrows his peers and is eventually captured to face his fate as a fighter bull when a trip to the flower market goes awry.

The film is a good reminder not to conform to how society views us. Ferdinand challenges the stereotypes of bulls as violent creatures. He doesn’t conform to what a bull should be like – he’s merely a naïve young bull charmed by the beauty of flowers, which makes him a particularly endearing character. El Primero, the villain in the film, attempts to force Ferdinand into fighter mode. Because of his naivety, Ferdinand comes into conflict with the other bulls who dream of becoming the chosen bull to fight in the arena at Madrid.

Throughout the film, Ferdinand’s agility is put to the test. He often ends up in narrow lanes despite his large build, and his attempt to navigate out of these sticky situations result in a somewhat ridiculously adorable bull-dance. Although there are moments of clumsy, violent outbursts in the film, Ferdinand remains a gentle creature when unprovoked.

Blue Sky Animation does an amazing job with the film, which includes a cast of three dancing horses and a band of hedgehogs. The dancing horses are featured in a dance-off with the bulls in the film, which is hilarious. Although the plot is somewhat predictable, there are many comedic moments in the film which makes it easy for one to breeze through without thinking too much. It’s suitable for families with children as the film drives home an important value: that we should never be afraid to stand up for what we believe in.
 
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