Here’s my Ferdinand review from 20th Century Fox featuring the voice of John Cena as Ferdinand the Bull and Kate McKinon. Now Showing!
Ferdinand is one of those animated flicks that you already know its going to go but you get mildly surprised how it turns out. From the start, you already know that the film will go dark on several occasions because, hey, bullfighting.
Ferdinand’s this peace loving bull who would rather smell flowers than go and fight. The story is based on the short story “Ferdinand The Bull” written by Munro Leaf and illustrated by Robert Lawson.
So what’s new with this version?
First we have a subplot here of Ferdinand finding a family that loves and accepts him. The bulls still hate him in the film but that gets resolved towards the second and third act of the movie. There’s more comedic moments to drag out the story into an hour and 48 minute length feature.
John Cena as Ferdinand was just perfect. I’m sorry to say that this was JOHN CENA (the character) minus the violence and the Attitude Adjustment. But he’s still this generally good guy just wanting to be left in peace and just wants to live his day in idyllic peace.
Speaking of goind dark in the early part of this Ferdinand review, its definitely apparent that we’re bound to see some stuff that you might have a hard time explaining to your kid. There’s the end result of bulls facing the matadors (which gets creepily highlighted in the middle of the film), there’s the concept of the “chopshop” aka the butcher/ meat processing place. There’s the whole concept of harshness they put the bulls in as they prepare to fight bullfighters. Tinges of darkness here and there but something that you can easily explain to your kids (except maybe for death).
Overall, for this Ferdinand review, I’m going to say that the film is good. Worth seeing with your kids… just don’t expect way too much in this kid’s film.
Special thanks to 20th Century Fox Philippines for the weekend screening!