Ferdinand DVD Reviewed By Andy Box

The Premise
Ferdinand, is a giant bull with a big heart. he is mistaken for a dangerous beast and is captured and torn from his home and family. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team for the ultimate adventure. Set in Spain, Ferdinand proves you can't judge a bull by its cover.
The Review
Ferdinand hits Bullseye!

You have to love the time and effort that film-makers put into creating something for the whole family. If you enjoyed some of Blue Sky’s other animated hits (Dream Big, Rio and Epic) then you will not be disappointed with their Christmas offering this year.

Ferdinand, directed by Brazilian Director Carlos Saldanha (Ice Age: The Meltdown) is a colourful and satirical story set in the world of prize bull fighting. The main concept is that Ferdinand does not want to be a fighter but rather something unexpectedly and completely different.

As I was watching this film I found my mind wandering to those Billy Elliot (2000) scenes where he takes his first tentative steps into the realm of ballet and pondering the puzzle that is nature versus nurture.

My children were somewhat unsure how life would turn out for our hero the bull as both the lighter and darker sides of his journey unfolded. This unease helped the audience connect with the bull as he was propelled full speed across Spain with a crazy gang of companions. As an aside you will either love or hate the Goat!

The script is good and there are plenty of laughs for both kids and adults as well as some terrific darker scenes. The voices were strong and although I did not recognise John Cena during the screening I did think he was excellent as Ferdinand

The Verdict
Looking for a treat for everone? Kids to young for Star Wars? This may just be the Christmas cracker for you and that’s No Bull!.
The Trailer
The Info
DVD Releases: 28th March 2018
Rating: Rating
Duration: 106 minutes
Genre:  Animation
Starring: Kate McKinnon, Bobby Cannavale, John Cena
Director: Carlos Saldanha (Rio 2, Rio)
The Extras
A short show about Ferdinand is shown on TV every Christmas Eve in Sweden. It's a very popular and known tradition in most homes.
"Ferdinand The Bull" was a Disney short animation film first shown in 1938.
This marks the 4th animated film John Cena has been involved after Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery (2014), The Flintstones & WWE: Stone Age Smackdown (2015), and Surf's Up 2: WaveMania (2017), as well as the 1st to release theatrically.
This is the first Blue Sky Studios released during a holiday season since The Peanuts Movie (2015).
Originally intended to release in July 2017, then it was pushed back to December 22nd the same year, then it was pushed forward to December 15th, releasing the same day as Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017).
Kate McKinnon's 3rd Animated Film, after Angry Birds (2016) and Finding Dory (2016).


Carlos Saldahna also directed Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006), Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009), Rio (2011), and Rio 2 (2014), respectively.
Blue Sky Studios and WWE are both based in Connecticut.
Despite coming out in 3D, the first trailer nor poster mention it's 3D release.