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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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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Carlos Saldanha
Produced by
Screenplay by
Based on The Story of Ferdinand
by Munro Leaf
Music by John Powell
Cinematography Renato Falcão
Edited by Harry Hitner
Distributed by 20th Century Fox[3]
Release date
  • December 15, 2017 (2017-12-15)[4]
Country United States[5]
Language English

It is scheduled to be released on December 15, 2017 in 3D and 2D. Yet despite coming out in 3D, neither the first two trailers nor the first three posters mention its 3D release.[4][6]



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.



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.[12] In May 2013, Fox titled the film simply Ferdinand, which would be produced by Blue Sky Studios.[13] John Powell, a frequent collaborator with Saldanha, would be composing the film's score.[14] In November 2016, it was reported that Gabriel Iglesias would voice a character named Cuatro, a hedgehog.[9] 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.[15]


In May 2013, Fox scheduled the film for April 7, 2017 release.[13] In February 2016, the release date had been pushed back from its original release date of April 7, 2017 to July 21, 2017.[16] 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,[17] before that movie was temporarily cancelled.[18] 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.[4] The first trailer premiered on March 28, 2017,[19] followed by the second trailer on June 14, 2017[20] and the third trailer on September 20, 2017.[citation needed]

See also


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  2. ^ a b c d Pederson, Erik (2017-03-28). "‘Ferdinand’ Trailer: John Cena Is Bullish On Fox Toon Based On Classic Kids Book". Retrieved 2017-08-21. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Film releases". Variety Insight. Retrieved 2017-02-27. 
  4. ^ a b c d D'Alessandro, Anthony (February 9, 2017). "Blue Sky’s Bull Toon ‘Ferdinand’ To Lock Horns With ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’". Deadline. Retrieved February 11, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Ferdinand (2017)". AllMovie. Retrieved 2017-06-23. 
  6. ^ "Past, present and future releases to Past, Present and Future Releases | UK Recent and Upcoming Movie". Retrieved 2017-04-01. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Phelan, Zehra (March 28, 2017). "Like a bull in a china shop the debut trailer for Ferdinand barges in". HeyUGuys. Retrieved March 28, 2017. 
  8. ^ Diggs, Daveed (March 28, 2017). "Excited for y'all to meet #Dos in the new @ferdinandmovie he's a real good dude. #Ferdinand #HedgehogsRepresent". Twitter. Retrieved October 13, 2017. 
  9. ^ a b Busch, Anita (November 17, 2016). "Gabriel Iglesias Joins ‘Ferdinand’ & ‘Smurfs’ Voice Casts As He Readies Comedy Tour". Deadline. Retrieved January 28, 2017. 
  10. ^ Diggs, Daveed (March 28, 2017). "Excited for y'all to meet #Dos in the new @ferdinandmovie he's a real good dude. #Ferdinand #HedgehogsRepresent". Twitter. Retrieved September 26, 2017. 
  11. ^ a b McLean, Tom (September 20, 2017). "‘Ferdinand’ Unveils Role for Manning, a Nick Jonas Tune and a New Trailer". Animation World Network. Retrieved October 7, 2017. 
  12. ^ Brodesser-Akner, Claude (February 18, 2011). "Fox, Ice Age Director Bullish on The Story of Ferdinand". New York. Retrieved January 28, 2017. 
  13. ^ a b Chitwood, Adam (May 16, 2013). "DreamWorks Animation Moves B.O.O. Release Up to June 5, 2015 and TROLLS to November 4, 2016; Fox Dates ANUBIS and FERDINAND". Retrieved January 28, 2017. 
  14. ^ "John Powell to Score Blue Sky Studios’ ‘Ferdinand’". Film Music Reporter. September 14, 2016. Retrieved January 28, 2017. 
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  16. ^ "Gambit, Alien, Predator and Fox / Marvel Release Updates". February 28, 2016. Retrieved January 28, 2017. 
  17. ^ McClintock, Pamela (August 9, 2016). "'Croods 2' Release Delayed Amid DreamWorks Animation Sale". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 28, 2017. 
  18. ^ Rainey, James (November 11, 2016). "DreamWorks Animation and Universal Kill ‘Croods 2’ (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved January 28, 2017. 
  19. ^ Randee Dawn (March 28, 2017). "Watch the trailer for John Cena's new animated movie Ferdinand". Retrieved March 28, 2017. 
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