Ferdinand is a recently released American computer animated 3D film adopted from the kid’s story ‘The Story of Ferdinand’ authored by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawsom. Belonging to the drama, comedy and adventure genre, the film opened to generally positive reviews with praises for its out of the box storyline which has been crafted straight from the animal’s perspective and not on how we imagine them to be.
Star cast- John Cena (as Ferdinand), Kate McKinnon, David Tennant, Gina Rodriguez, Peyton Manning and others.
Director- Carlos Saldanha
Jane Horwitz, of Washington Post, who considered to be one of the top critics has written that- ‘John Cena, who is a wrestler-turned-actor and the one who plays the title role, Ferdinand has found a right balance between sweetness and strength. In addition, Cena also is the convincing center whole film’.
Zeenia Baria from Times of India have the film 3.5 stars out of 5 and write that- ‘Ferdinand is a fun film that manages to put a smile on your face’. She adds that the film also ‘delivers a message that one doesn’t need to do things that others expect him or her to do’.
Ferdinand is the story of a kind-hearted bull named Ferdinand. Right from the beginning, Ferdinand (John Cena), likes to smell flowers instead of dreaming and being excited about him fighting it out against a matador.
When his father doesn’t return after going out on a fight against a matador, young Ferdinand escapes from the training camp and gets adopted by a girl loving in a farm. But in little time, the peaceful bull is misinterpreted by the authorities as a fierce monster, who send Ferdinand back to the farm.
The film then shows how Ferdinand with the help of his companions, a calm goat (Lucy) and the hedgehogs makes his way out of the farm and fights against the famous bullfighter, El Primero, before finally getting freedom.
Out of everyone, ex WWE superstar, John Cena was chosen to lend his voice for the title character, Ferdinand`. Cena was a perfect choice to play the well-built yet kind Ferdinand, whose engaging voice keeps the viewers hooked. John gives a satisfying performance even with all the jokes in the film.
On the other hand, the talented Kate McKinnon delivers her one of the best performance as the quiet, calm and funny goat, Luna who immediately gathers a liking for Ferdinand. Her voice made most of the audience fall for the character.
Other remarkable performance comes from David Tennant, as Angus the bull and Gabriel Iglesias as Cuatro. Others too deliver a convincing performance in total.
Directed by the extremely talented Carlos Saldanha known for his excellent works in Ice Age films and also Rio 1 and 2. Although the animation of the movie was not as good as expected but in terms of direction and performances the movie has been praised my most of the critics.
As written on Metacritic, Ferdinand has charming animated visuals, spot on voice talent and nicely paced direction. Out of all the scenes the particular Bull in the China shop scene is extremely delightful.
With its music album being of the pop and Latin pop genre consists of 6 songs in total. Home in particular was loved immensely and has received a nomination in the Best Original Song category at the 75th Golden Globe Awards.
The film was released worldwide on 15th December, 2017, around the holiday period and garnered positive reviews from all.
Until now, Ferdinand has earned more than 125.7 million US Dollars worldwide. With 53.8 million coming from the screening in United States and Canada, while 71.9 million came from other countries.
- In Sweden on every Christmas Eve a short show on Ferdinand is shown on television. Alon time the show has become very popular and has also become a tradition in most houses.
- In 1938, Disney released the first short animated show by the name Ferdinand the Bull.
- Ferdinand is Kate McKinnon’s third film in the animated category. The other two being The Angry Birds and Finding Dory both of which released in 2016.
- Ferdinand is the longest film ever by Blue Sky.
- On IMDB, Ferdinand has garnered a favorable rating of 6.8 out of 10 which is based upon votes from 3,670 viewers.
- On an average the film has received 3.5 stars rating out of 5 whereas it has received 72% positive responses on Rotten Tomatoes.
- With 10,733 votes the film has a massive 84% rating on Bookmyshow ticket portal. On an average, critics have given the movie a 3.3 star out of 5, while the user rating on Bookmyshow is 4.4 out of 5 stars.
Despite its flaws, Ferdinand has enough to offer as a holiday watch with sufficient amount of entertainment as it has perfectly mixed drama and comedy elements. The film is definitely a must watch because of its fabulous direction and because of the awesome performances from its casts, especially from John Cena and Kate McKinnon plus if you haven’t seen the movie and looking to book online, then you use the link for ongoing online movie coupon codes at PVR, Ticknet now, etc.