‘Ferdinand’ Review

ferdinand_ver3Ferdinand is a computer-animated comedy adventure film directed by Carlos Saldanha and features the voice talents of John Cena, Kate McKinnon, Anthony Anderson, Bobby Cannavale, Peyton Manning, Gina Rodriguez, Miguel Ángel Silvestre and David Tennant. The story is based on the children’s book, The Story of Ferdinand, written and illustrated by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson, respectively, and follows a gentle pacifist bull named Ferdinand who refuses to participate in bullfighting but is forced back into the arena to face off against the world’s greatest bullfighter. John Cena does a great job voicing Ferdinand the Bull. You can believe in and relate to this character as there are many people who are expected to behave a certain way just because of their background. Kate McKinnon is very comical as Lupe, the calming goat. McKinnon has come a long way since debuting on SNL and she elevates just about every project she is a part of. She has great chemistry with Cena and hearing them together makes much of the film watchable. Anthony Anderson, Bobby Cannavale, and Peyton Manning are entertaining as Bones, Valiente, and Guapo, respectively, and make nice foils for Ferdinand. The rest of the voice cast does an equally good job at voicing their characters. Each and every voice fits that character that it is attached too. The computer animation is very beautiful and the use of colors and shapes is phenomenal. Many of the scenes showing off the vast landscape are a treat to the viewer’s eyes. The animators did a great job at detailing the environment. The different animals are unique in shape, even ones of the same species. The story is fine and has great morals, but is not very deep, even for a film directed toward a young audience. There are a few major plot holes and timeline issues that hinder the story. Adding some connective tissue between the prologue and the main story could have made the story better. Some of the jokes are very off-putting and not funny in any aspect. The original music in the film is catchy, enjoyable, and accompanies the story well. I give Ferdinand a Normal 5.5/10. This is likely to be the final film produced by Blue Sky Studios and 20th Century Fox Animation as both companies are likely to be absorbed by Pixar and/or Disney Animation after the merger between Disney and Fox.

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