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|Studio :||20th Century Fox / Blue Sky Studios /|
|Crew :||Carlos Saldanha /|
|Cast :||John Cena David Tennant Anthony Anderson Gabriel Iglesias Kate McKinnon|
|Genre :||Animation Comedy Family|
Ferdinand, a little bull, prefers sitting quietly under a cork tree just smelling the flowers versus jumping around, snorting, and butting heads with other bulls. As Ferdinand grows big and strong, his temperament remains mellow, but one day five men come to choose the "biggest, fastest, roughest bull" for the bullfights in Madrid and Ferdinand is mistakenly chosen. Based on the classic 1936 children's book by Munro Leaf.
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enjoyable for the whole family---In Spain, Ferdinand is a young bull. He is eager to see his father off to the bullfight. He is dumbfounded when his father doesn't return and runs away from the ranch. He is adopted by young Nina and her father Juan. He is accepted by her dog Paco. He grows up to be a hulking peaceful bull. During a flower festival, Ferdinand is literally a bull in the china shop and he is taken back to the ranch where he is expected to fight.This is a Blue Sky - Fox production which also makes the Ice Age franchise. The animation is half a step below the best of the best. It's a nice looking cartoon. The animal designs are nice. The story is fine. The final bullfighting is excellent with some nice laughs. The bull in the china shop is perfect. I only have one big problem. Once Ferdinand is joined by Nina and Paco, he needs to stay connected with those characters somehow. Obviously, Nina can't be at the ranch but she could go on a search for him. Paco is basically an animal sidekick. He could have been a funny small bird or mouse who befriends him at the farm and joins him on the journey. Ferdinand needs a comedic animal sidekick. It's a classic cartoon trope and it's missing from this movie. There are missed opportunity in the writing. Nevertheless, this is enjoyable for the whole family.
Not so original but overall nice---If Disney-Pixar has set its latest film in Mexico, Blue Sky tries with Spain but the result is not the same.The film, directed by Carlos Saldanha ("Rio", "Ice Age"), works very well in the first part thanks to a remarkable animation, excellent drawings and gags that amuse a lot and make the film attractive to different bands of age.Unfortunately I noticed a substantial drop in the second part in which, although the animation itself is always excellent, the quality of the increasingly numerous gags and jokes is less fun, more childish and above all are more and more predictable, although some succeed to stand out.The film, however, is still rather light and suitable for a smaller audience, thanks to a varied number of morals that, although banal and simplistically contextually, are always important for a certain age.The sin lies in not having used a good opportunity to reflect, in an intelligent and appropriate way, on a problem now too neglected but always present in Spain, the Corrida; certainly the film tries every now and then to denounce something but it does so unconvincingly, Saldanha always seems to be held back and never goes to the end perhaps for fear of being too animalist or tied to some vegan philosophy. Too bad.However, the dubbing is also excellent, especially that of John Cena who succeeds, with a lot of humor and charisma, to make the protagonist a worthy character.
It s no Coco, but Ferdinand... manages to squeak by with enough charming set-pieces and amusing sight gags to compensate for a stalling storyline.
In what s been an underwhelming year for big-studio animation, it s the best of the bunch: sincere, likable, surprisingly funny, and overall true to its source material.
If you can get through the excess of characters, and the requisite butt jokes, car chase and tween pop songs, the film does keep both the physical and the verbal comedy coming at a steady pace.
Most important, "Ferdinand s" anti-bullying message is an important lesson kids of all ages need to see - again, and again.
Still, for all its problems, this is a film with world-class animation, revealing everything from astonishingly rich crowd scenes to rusty details on an old pail.
But what really stands out are the themes of friendship, problem solving and learning to be true to yourself. Ferdinand does not back down to his bullies and stands firm in his beliefs.
Faced with familiar story tropes and lowest-common-denominator bids for attention, anyone over the target demographic might ask themselves a multitude of questions as the mind inevitably wanders.
The quality isn t up to Pixar standards, but Ferdinand does hit the sweet spot as far as its target audience is concerned. You know: for kids.