FERDINAND Movie Review
FERDINAND tells the story of a giant bull with a big heart who would rather spend his days smelling flowers than fight in bullfights. He is mistaken for a dangerous beast, captured, and torn from his home. He is determined to return to his family, so he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure. Set in Spain, Ferdinand proves you can’t judge a bull by its cover.
Ferdinand is a heartwarming animated comedy adventure with an all-star cast that includes John Cena, Kate McKinnon, Gina Rodriguez, Anthony Anderson and many more. It is rated PG but after seeing the film in theaters this past weekend, I would recommend it for children. For more information, you can check out this review from Common Sense Media.
A few of the other things we loved about the film were the vibrant colors and full intensity. It is amazing how far animation has come over the years. Also the way that the movie made you feel like you were over top of the barnyard provided a dramatic effect and different point of view than if you had watched the scene straight on. However, the part that stood out the most was how even when Ferdinand was bullied by the other bulls and pushed by the humans to become a fighter, he persisted and stayed true to himself. Just like in the book, Ferdinand is in love with flowers and would rather spend his time around them than fighting in the bull fights. We see the bullying start in the beginning of the film when a bull crushes the red flower he likes. His love for flowers comes full circle when he he is given a whole bunch of flowers in the end.
The movie is sweet but funny at the same time and is something that kids of all ages will enjoy watching. Plus it is a great way to discuss bullying with your family and to remind them not to judge people based on their appearances. Someone is not defined by what they look like on the outside.