Ferdinand (2017) Friday, 05 June 2020

Ferdinand (2017)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    G: Very mild themes and coarse language.

  • The pitch:


  • Starring:

    (voices of): John Cena, Jerrod Carmichael, Lily Day, Kate McKinnon, Anthony Anderson, Peyton Manning, David Tennant, Gina Rodriguez, Daveed Diggs, Gabriel Iglesias, Flula Borg, Sally Phillips, Miguel Ángel Silvestre, Boris Kodjoe, Raúl Esparza, Bobby Cannavale, Colin H. Murphy

  • Directed by:

    Carlos Saldanha

  • Running time:

    106 minutes

  • Rated:

    G (Australia), U (UK), PG (USA)


    Characters are headbutted, kicked, pushed aside, pursued, blasted through the air, sat on, stung by a bee, bitten, prodded, mocked, hit by objects, near-crushed by slaughter machinery, frozen, lassoed, near-impaled by matador spikes, held at swordpoint. A fly is chopped in half. A baby is thrown through the air/dangles precariously from a high wire. A character slides down an embankment. A flower is crushed underfoot. A marketplace is accidentally trashed. Dangerous driving, cars crashed into, finger trapped in car window, car crushed. Roaring, screaming. A character says, "When I beat you to a pulp". Blood/gore: Scars, broken horn. CPR/mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, fainting. Abbatoir setting.






    Butt. Name-calling (loser, weirdo, wimp, puny bag of bones, soft, monster, scary beast, ginormous, chumps, sizeist, big tough guy, jerk, filthy weasels, beady-eyed, little thieves, meatheads, sucker, ugly beast, stinky one, numpty, teacher's pet, scared little coward, killing machine, meat, glue stick, pasty-faced, show ponies, ballerinas, gerbils, etc). Religious references and exclamations (Jeez, holy cow).


    Bullfighting, matadors, pacifism, friends, family, teamwork, slaughterhouses, competition, animal rights, compassion, non-conformity, kindness.


    Dead father (implied). Bull horns of dead bulls on wall. Bulls, horses, bee, dog, butterflies, caterpillar, chickens, chick, cat, goat, pigs, rabbit. Lightning, thunder, full moon. Raspberry-blowing, sneezing, gagging, vomiting. Based on The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf. End credits bonus scene.


    Delightful, pacifist, relevant, endearing, vibrant, sincere, likeable, funny, entertaining, relatable, charming, silly, inoffensive. True to its source material, nimble voice work, nails Spanish topography/faces, some hilarious sight gags/slapstick.


    Strains/stalls at times, Nina character doesn't age, heavy non-Spanish voice casting, too many characters, weak soundtrack.

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