Ferdinand (2017)

(Last Updated On: April 4, 2020)

Title:  Ferdinand

Year: 2018

Genre: Adventure | Animation| Comedy|

Runtime: 108 min

Director: Carlos Saldanha

Starring: John Cena, Kate McKinnon, Bobby Cannavale

imdb_46x22 6.7/10

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.



With decades of background on a film like Ferdinand, it can easily be said that it is a safe bet to make a remake of a famous story about the kind bull. Although it relates to the frame story, the one that is distinguished mainly during Donald Duck during Christmas, it still fills the more than ninety minutes with credible characters, strong messages and a chronology that is anchored in the original story. John Cena, David Tennant and Kate McKinnon manage the original cast. Strangely enough, they succeed with the rest of the actors. They manage to cast one of the better voice actors in the industry. Above all, there is a deep with a background that gets the audience to get to know Ferdinand in-depth, which demonstrates the contrast between him as a young bull and bull that defines his character.

It is a simple film based on the original story with a contemporary narrative. It has its golden moments when it elevates the experiences to a whole other level. It has genuine characters, ones that separate and have the traits that actually make them unique but still drive the film’s story forward.  These are characters you can recognize yourself or anyone else in.

The animation is superb, really good animated with visual effects where well-made and stylish environments have been created with these animal characters. The Spanish environment is faithful in its model and contributes to the effect and feeling that the production company probably wanted to achieve. A strong atmosphere is offered and although it is animated, there are tendencies that the more “darker” scenes make it realistic. There is a scene, which when main characters, has been sent involuntarily to the slaughter during the third act, then there is a visual representation that is nonetheless appealing as necessary to the film’s endpoint. While it may feel and feel nasty to the younger audience, the filmmakers have still succeeded with the illusion that their survival in the slaughterhouse was just a temporary thing. So, it shows what it’s supposed to be and they do it with a charm and comedy that’s hard to overlook.

Unlike the original model, the one that always appears on Christmas Eve, this one is a big boost – for the better. You get a deeper insight into the characters, a sometimes emotional story that touches on friendship and family but also honours that the bulls demonstrate by being the greatest and the best. Because if you’re not, you’re meat. There is a deeper narrative here if you try to read between the lines, which means that this film can be both appreciated for both children, young people and adults despite its low age recommendation. Despite its shortcomings, it deserves a strong third.


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