Ferdinand is an upcoming 2017 American 3D computer-animated comedy-drama film produced by Blue Sky Studios and 20th Century Fox Animation. The plot follows Ferdinand - the kindest Spanish bull, who was accidentally chosen to participate in the Madrid bullfight. It is based on Munro Leaf's children's book The Story of Ferdinand and directed by Carlos Saldanha, and stars the voices of John Cena, Kate McKinnon, Gina Rodriguez, Daveed Diggs, Gabriel Iglesias, Bobby Cannavale, David Tennant, and Anthony Anderson.
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|Directed by||Carlos Saldanha|
|Based on||The Story of Ferdinand
by Munro Leaf
|Music by||John Powell|
|Edited by||Harry Hitner|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
Ferdinand is a Spanish Fighting Bull who prefers smelling the flowers and practicing non-violence rather than chasing red cloths held by matadors in arenas. But when disaster comes to him, he is taken to a fighting stadium like every bull in Spain, and Ferdinand needs to decide if he is a fighting bull or a flower smelling, generous bull, in order to earn his freedom.
- John Cena as Ferdinand the Bull
- Kate McKinnon as Lupe, an old goat
- Gina Rodriguez as Una, a hedgehog
- Daveed Diggs as Dos, a hedgehog
- Gabriel Iglesias as Cuatro, a hedgehog
- Bobby Cannavale as Valiente, a bull
- David Tennant as Angus, a bull
- Anthony Anderson as Bones, a bull
- Peyton Manning as Guapo, a bull
- Flula Borg as Hans, a horse
- Sally Phillips as Greta, a horse
- Boris Kodjoe as Klaus, a horse
- Jerrod Carmichael as Paco, a dog
- Raúl Esparza as Moreno
- Karla Martínez as Isabella
- Miguel Ángel Silvestre as El Primero, a matador
- Paul Feig
In 2011, it was reported that 20th Century Fox Animation had acquired the rights to the children's book The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf to adapt it into a computer-animated feature film with Carlos Saldanha attached to direct it. In May 2013, Fox titled the film simply Ferdinand, which would be produced by Blue Sky Studios. John Powell, a frequent collaborator with Saldanha, would be composing the film's score. In November 2016, it was reported that Gabriel Iglesias would voice a character named Cuatro, a hedgehog. On September 19, 2017 it was announced that singer Nick Jonas wrote and recorded a song called "Home" for the movie it was featured in the third trailer released in the next day and will also appear in the movie and end credits.
In May 2013, Fox scheduled the film for April 7, 2017 release. In February 2016, the release date had been pushed back from its original release date of April 7, 2017 to July 21, 2017. In August 2016, the release date had been pushed back again from July 21, 2017 to December 22, 2017, taking over the release date of DreamWorks Animation's The Croods 2, before that movie was temporarily cancelled. In February 2017, the film was moved up by one week early from December 22, 2017 to December 15, 2017, opening against Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi. The first trailer premiered on March 28, 2017, followed by the second trailer on June 14, 2017 and the third trailer on September 20, 2017.
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