On Blu-ray, DVD and digital this week from director Carlos Saldanha, Blue Sky and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment is a delightful tale of fun and flowers from “Ferdinand.”
Living with his father and others at the Casa del Toro bull-training camp run by Moreno (Raul Esparza), Ferdinand isn’t the average calf. Watching his father train and be chosen for the bull ring, the young bull is proud and awaits fathers return. He ignores the bullying from the younger calves while he waits. When that doesn’t happen, a hard reality sends the Ferdinand running as far away as he can.
Ferdinand wakes up and finds himself staring into the face of a young girl. Nina (Lily Day) is immediately taken when Ferdinand and shown a beautiful farm life along with her father Juan (Juanes), he grows into a very large bull. Ferdinand (Jon Cena) spends his days with Nina, her father being and dog Paco (Jerrod Carmichael) well loved and loving in return.
When the flower festival comes around, Ferdinand is filled with joy as flower is his favorite thing. He is a little hurt when Juan tells his daughter that he is too big to go to the festival and must stay at the farm. Not willing to take no for an answer, Ferdinand decides that he is capable of being gentle and that the townspeople just need to get to know him.
Unfortunately, the term “bull in a china shop” plays out and Ferdinand is taken away from Nina! He is taken to Casa del Toro, Ferdinand sees a familiar face in a still angry Angus (David Tennant), Guapo (Peyton Manning), Bones (Anthony Edwards), and a new face in goat Lupe (Kate McKinnon).
Also still there Valiente (Bobby Cannavale), he still carries the same anger as when he was young and makes it clear he tends to take Ferdinand down. Arriving to look for the best bull for the best bullfighter is El Primero (Miguel Angel Silvestre). He spends a few days looking over all the bulls and after a scuffle in the ring between he and Valiente – chooses Ferdinand.
Not wanting to fight Ferdinand realizes that the only way he can stop it all is convincing the others that there is an amazing life on the farm waiting for them where they will be loved by one special family!
Cena as the voice of Ferdinand has the right inflection to pull off this loveable character. He is a flower-loving bull is quite happy with his farm life and doesn’t understand why people might be afraid of him. That lesson becomes quickly clear and he is right back where he doesn’t want to be! At Casa del Toro he comes face to face with a bull who doesn’t have a reason not to be his friend other than he’s has daddy issues. Ferdinand is as loyal as you would want a friend to be an even more loyal to those who aren’t very friendly. Its a great lesson for kids to learn.
Day as young Nina absolutely adores her very large friend and doesn’t see what those off the farm think they see. She is adorable and is the epitome of an animal lover. Carmichael as Paco pretends not to care but we all can see from the get-go that he isn’t very good at it.
Cannavale as Valiente has anger issues that stem from having a father who has anger issues. Trying to keep Ferdinand down from childhood and reuniting as a full grown bull, Cannavale gives his character a rough edge. Tennant as Angus is hilarious plain and simple. Manning and Edwards are just followers who start to realize that it is no way to go through life.
McKinnon as Lupe is such a riot from start to finish! We all have that friend who is just a little nutty in a way that makes them extremely special. I couldn’t keep up with her infectious words of wisdom and her unwavering support of her very large friend.
Silvestre as El Primero is full of himself and there comes a moment where he is in the ring with Ferdinand that he must choose between his ego and a bull named Ferdinand.
Other cast include Daveed Diggs, Gabriel Inglesias, Flula Borg, Sally Phillips, Boris Kodjoe, Jack Gore, Jet Jurgensmeyer, Nile Diaz, Colin H. Murphy, Juanes, Jerrod Carmichael, Gina Rodriguez and Jeremy Sisto.
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The Blu-ray and DVD include the Special Features of Ferdinand’s Team Supreme, “Home” Nick Jonas Music Video, Creating a Remarka-Bull Song, Learn to Dance with Ferdinand, Ferdinand’s Do-It-Yourself Flower Garden and so much more. The Digital Movie is also included so the entire family can watch anywhere.
“Ferdinand” is from the creators of “Rio” and “Ice Age,” both of which are high on my granddaughters watch list – over and over. This animated film is surely a must-have in the family home entertainment library because of its color, vibrancy, storyline and cast of characters that will become iconic on their own.
What makes “Ferdinand” so beautifully done is Ferdinand himself! He sees the joy in the simplest things – such as his beloved flowers and believes in helping all those that need it. Just as he was helped by a little girl named Nina who saw something beautiful in him, this lovely and large bull pays it forward but does so without a thought of himself.
“Ferdinand” was an Academy Award nominee for best animated film and also nominated at the Golden Globes for best motion picture and best original song. The film won the Humanitas Prize in the feature film category for the screenplay by Robert L. Baird.
As this is a week of indoor weather, let “Ferdinand” bring color and fun to a home movie family night!
In the end — you will bullieve!