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Ferdinand is a 2017 American 3D computer-animated comedy film produced by Blue Sky Studios and 20th Century Fox Animation. It is based on Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson's children's book The Story of Ferdinand and directed by Carlos Saldanha, and features the voices of John Cena, Kate McKinnon, Anthony Anderson, Bobby Cannavale, Peyton Manning, Gina Rodriguez, Miguel Ángel Silvestre, and David Tennant. The film received nominations for Best Animated Feature Film and Best Original Song ("Home") at the 75th Golden Globe Awards.[4]

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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Carlos Saldanha
Produced by
  • John Davis
  • Lisa Marie Stetler
  • Lori Forte
  • Bruce Anderson
Screenplay by
Story by
Based on The Story of Ferdinand
by Munro Leaf
Robert Lawson
Music by John Powell
Cinematography Renato Falcão
Edited by Harry Hitner
Distributed by 20th Century Fox[1]
Release date
  • December 10, 2017 (2017-12-10) (Los Angeles)
  • December 15, 2017 (2017-12-15) (United States)
Running time
107 minutes[2]
Country United States[3]
Language English

It is scheduled to be released on December 15, 2017 in 3D and 2D.[5][6]



Ferdinand (John Cena) 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, 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.[13] In May 2013, Fox titled the film simply Ferdinand, which would be produced by Blue Sky Studios.[14] John Powell, a frequent collaborator with Saldanha, would be composing the film's score.[15] In November 2016, it was reported that Gabriel Iglesias would voice a character named Cuatro, a hedgehog.[11]


Ferdinand (Music from the Motion Picture)
Soundtrack album by Various artists
Released December 1, 2017 (2017-12-01)
Genre Pop, Latin pop
Label Island Records
Producer John Powell

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.[16] It was released as the first promotional single of the soundtrack on October 20, 2017.[17] A Second song by Nick Jonas named "Watch Me" will be released alongside the film's EP on December 1.[18]

Track listingEdit

The soundtrack features three original tracks: "Home" and "Watch Me" by Nick Jonas, and "Lay Hour Head On Me" by Juanes.[19][20]

No. Title Artist(s) Length
1. "Home" Nick Jonas 3:00
2. "Lay Your Head On Me" Juanes 3:16
3. "Watch Me" Nick Jonas 2:26
4. "Freedom" Pitbull 2:54
5. "Macarena" Los del Rio 4:09
6. "Home (Film Version)" Nick Jonas 2:48
Total length: 18:55

Original Motion Picture Score is composed by John Powell, additional music by Batu Sener, Anthony Willis and Paul Mounsey. The album is set to release on December 15, 2017.


In May 2013, Fox scheduled the film for April 7, 2017 release.[14] In February 2016, the release date was moved to July 21, 2017.[21] In August 2016, the release date was again pushed back, this time to December 22, 2017, taking over the release date of DreamWorks Animation's The Croods 2,[22] before that film was temporarily cancelled.[23] In February 2017, the film was moved up by one week to December 15, 2017.[5] The first trailer premiered on March 28, 2017,[24] followed by the second trailer on June 14, 2017.[25]

Box officeEdit

In the United States and Canada, Ferdinand will be released alongside Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and is projected to gross $15–20 million from 3,600 theaters in its opening weekend.[26]

Critical responseEdit

On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating to reviews, the film has a weighted average score of 63 out of 100, based on 5 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[27]


Award Date of ceremony Category Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Result Ref(s)
Golden Globe Awards January 7, 2018 Best Animated Feature Film Ferdinand Pending [28]
Best Original Song "Home" Pending

See alsoEdit


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  2. ^ "Ferdinand". AMC Theatres. Retrieved November 22, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Ferdinand (2017)". AllMovie. Retrieved 2017-06-23. 
  4. ^ Rubin, Rebecca (December 11, 2017). "Golden Globe Nominations: Complete List". Variety. Retrieved December 11, 2017. 
  5. ^ a b 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. 
  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 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. ^ "Like a bull in a china shop the debut trailer for Ferdinand barges in - HeyUGuys". Retrieved 2017-11-04. 
  9. ^ 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. 
  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 October 13, 2017. 
  11. ^ a b Busch, Anita (November 17, 2016). "Gabriel Iglesias Joins 'Ferdinand' & 'Smurfs' Voice Casts As He Readies Comedy Tour". Deadline. Retrieved January 28, 2017. 
  12. ^ 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. 
  13. ^ Brodesser-Akner, Claude (February 18, 2011). "Fox, Ice Age Director Bullish on The Story of Ferdinand". New York. Retrieved January 28, 2017. 
  14. ^ 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. 
  15. ^ "John Powell to Score Blue Sky Studios' 'Ferdinand'". Film Music Reporter. September 14, 2016. Retrieved January 28, 2017. 
  16. ^ "First Look! Peyton Manning and Nick Jonas Lend Their Voices to Ferdinand (and Feel Pretty Bullish About It)". 2017-09-19. Retrieved 2017-11-11. 
  17. ^ "Home (From the Motion Picture "Ferdinand") - Single by Nick Jonas on Apple Music". Retrieved 2017-11-11. 
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  21. ^ "Gambit, Alien, Predator and Fox / Marvel Release Updates". February 28, 2016. Retrieved January 28, 2017. 
  22. ^ McClintock, Pamela (August 9, 2016). "'Croods 2' Release Delayed Amid DreamWorks Animation Sale". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 28, 2017. 
  23. ^ Rainey, James (November 11, 2016). "DreamWorks Animation and Universal Kill 'Croods 2' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved January 28, 2017. 
  24. ^ Randee Dawn (March 28, 2017). "Watch the trailer for John Cena's new animated movie Ferdinand". Retrieved March 28, 2017. 
  25. ^ "OFFICIAL: New 'Ferdinand' Trailer Tomorrow | TrailerTrack". TrailerTrack. 2017-06-13. Retrieved 2017-11-11. 
  26. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (December 12, 2017). "The Global Box Office Awakens: 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Could Power To $440M Opening". Retrieved December 12, 2017. 
  27. ^ "Ferdinand reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive Inc. Retrieved December 12, 2017. 
  28. ^ Golden Globe nominations 2018: The list

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