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Ferdinands most saccharine moments end up being its most potent, even if theyre often more cloying than emotional.
Unfortunately, Ferdinand buries the original storys message under frenetic action scenes and grating sidekicks, turning a classic tale into just anoth ..
In the end, though, Ferdinand ends up lying somewhere in the middle of that spectrum.Its never quite as bad or stale as the Ice Age or Rio sequels, bu ..
It has more padding than a matadors cummerbund.Happily, none of this is dull.
The latest mid level animation from Blue Sky Studios purveyors of the Ice Age franchise, and other attempts at seizing Pixars crown is based on a well ..
The film opens with grief and loss and continues to explore both, albeit in a way that is not too intense for younger kids.
Den Of Geek
Truth be told, FERDINAND is a perfectly acceptable animated romp from Blue Sky Studios.
Only with a touch of mettle, a dash of tenacity and a heaping dose of friendship, of course.
The Globe And Mail
Bland, unenthusiastic, with no cultural flavor. It might as well be set in Omaha.
Eric Ds Nider
And darned if the bulls in this cartoon from the folks who made Ice Age dont do something that a lot of NFL players would recognize.
Rogers Movie Nation
Its also an opportunity for Ferdinand to end with a little dignity, which is more than the movie displays for most of its running time.
Mark Reviews Movies
While I really didnt expect the film to toy with kids and then trample their idealism with the realities of bullfighting, Im happy the film ends up be ..
However, instead of feeling like mere padding, the movies middle stretch is by far its most satisfying, featuring an entire cast of supporting charact ..
Based on Munro Leaf and Robert Lawsons 1936 childrens book The Story of Ferdinand, this gently subversive Madrid set feature from animation studio Blu ..
Heres an animation conceived on traditional and indeed unoriginal lines, rather like The Lion King but entertaining and likable for all that. Ferdinan ..
Its a 32 page exploration of nature and character, charming readers with its cultural thumbprint and relative simplicity.
It employs the usual kids animation formulas, but does so in style.
Based on the 1936 childrens book The Story of Ferdinand, this charming tale about a lover not a fighter bull is surprisingly relevant for a vintage pr ..
Ferdinand has moments of genuine laughs, boasting both sustained comedy set pieces and jokes that are meant to keep the parents occupied.
The Young Folks
This isnt just the latest instalment in a long running franchise.
Its a simple tale of a bull who would rather sit in the shade and sniff flowers than face off with matadors in the ring, and while this choose your ow ..
And the movie is bright and peppy enough to hold young viewers attention, though a faithful 1938 Walt Disney short showed more inventiveness in eight ..
Blue Sky brings the same animation style as in its Ice Age franchise, with likeable talking animals who have big eyes and exaggerated physicalities.
Shadows On The Wall
The notion that this Ferdinand might bring a second Oscar to Leafs pacifist bull is unlikely, but it provides amiable enough family entertainment for ..
One Guys Opinion
Why You Should Watch: Ferdinand has physical gags to entertain the kids and a few clever jokes for the adults.
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Its death any which way for him but he still has his wholesome spirit and pure heart to find a way out of the mess.On the surface, the film is a sweet ..
Still, the beloved bedtime story provides sufficient entertainment for the young at heart.
The story is always driven by manic pacing, with lots of chases, highly physical humour (pratfalls), some catchy songs and a few knowing jokes for par ..
Any potential subtext of Munro Leafs childrens book has been bleached out in the marketplace oriented Ferdinand.
And thats the message of Ferdinand, a mediocre new animated feature from Blue Sky productions, which specializes in mediocre features like the Ice Age ..
Shot Caller is a stylish and cleverly constructed thriller about the distinctly non rehabilitating impact of prison, with the Danish Game Of Thrones s ..
Ferdinand, an 3D animated version of the celebrated childrens book about a Spanish bull who prefers flowers to fighting, is a Christmas must see If yo ..
Enough of that kind of bull.What the world needs now is Ferdinand, sweet Ferdinand, a rare breed of bovine who takes a stand against aggression, compe ..
Its no Coco, but Ferdinand, a CG animated adaptation of the classic 1936 Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson book about a flower loving bull whod rather snif ..
Loud and raucous while staying gentle and sweet, the film has its heart in the right place and is one of the better releases from animation house Blue ..
Sometimes Hollywoods crassness kills the charm.Happily, that is not the case with Ferdinand, an animated film inspired by Munro Leafs 1936 childrens c ..
But this tender(loin) tale is neither focused, affecting or innovative enough to stand out in the animation field, much less match the studios best ou ..
In Ferdinand, the title character (voiced by John Cena) is a great big softie who would rather frolic in the fields than tangle with a matador but his ..
The art direction delivers a lush and verdant spin on Spain which is considerably greener than the genuine article.Its pleasing enough, although fans ..
Even the animation and character designs are second rate, taking a simple picture book and turning it into another cynical, hyperactive cash in.
Las Vegas Weekly
Ferdinand is a fun film that doesnt just put a smile on your face, it also has a message you dont have to do things just because others expect you to.
You can instantly picture the chase sequences and disposably topical humor that committees of studio meddlers will tack onto the source material in a ..
This deferment of directly tackling more dire subject material highlights the films general lack of experimentation and its muted approach to attempti ..
Inoffensive fun, but unlike its paperback forbear, the cinematic Ferdinand is unlikely to stand the test of time.
Ferdinand may lack the all out charm offensive of the studios 2015 Snoopy and Charlie Brown vehicle, but its not too far off in terms of quality and s ..
(Thats one of the films best and most imaginative sequences, actually.)
Ferdinand seems to have all the ingredients to be an animated feature that appeals to children and adults but is a case where the filmmakers didnt wan ..
While it may not be the most original animated movie ever, Ferdinand differentiates itself with an interesting message about animal cruelty.
Yet as the film proceeds, it shows both a surprising depth and some inventive zaniness, which proves to be an entertaining combination.
Maki At The Movies
Its a simple, subtle and undeniably wondrous narrative, this astutely elegant tale of love, acceptance and peace one that is all but guaranteed to con ..
A young bull at Casa del Toro would rather smell flowers than fight in the ring.
Its one of many contradictions about the Taliban, defying yet traditionalist film maker Shareen, that make this documentary fascinating to a specific ..
While this wont considered the best animated production of the coming holiday season, Ferdinand is a vibrant and engaging affair that doesnt forget th ..
Its hard not to eventually warm to a huge, cuddly man cow, and the stakes ramp up towards the end which makes for some very welcome, fun action sequen ..
Star Burst Magazine
Thankfully, that warm, funny story is preserved in the middle of this animated feature, stretched out with lots of the usual slapstick and action mayh ..
It takes less than 10 minutes to read, but Brazilian animation director Carlos Saldanha (Rio) manages to stretch out the short tale without weakening ..
Ar Kansas Online
Ferdinand is the latest 3D animated feature from Blue Sky Studios the company behind such projects as Rio, The Peanuts Movie and The Ice Age franchise ..
The Film Pie
Carlos Saldanhas film benefits from some energetic animation and sends a kind message about finding positive ways to deal with confrontation.
The visual look is appealing and offers lots of visual gags and kooky character design.
Still, what raises it from its mediocre beginning to the high note it eventually hits is, single handedly, the superb and talented McKinnon.
While it often seems Hollywood is bankrupt of new ideas for movies and continues remaking old semi recognizable fare, heres a film which goes for brok ..
Retaining its original charm while modernising the message (my kids thankfully didnt even know what a bullfight was and were appalled when they found ..
I wish those handwringers could see Blue Skys new big screen take on Ferdinand.
Brazilian director Carlos Saldanha, who helmed the Rio movies and two installments of the Ice Age franchise, transforms Munro Leafs 1936 childrens boo ..
The folks at BlueSky, the studio behind Ice Age, have a knack for physical humour, and the characters here are a fun blend of rubbery faces and storyb ..
The first feature length version of Munro Leaf and Robert Lawsons much loved more than 80 year old childrens book, Ferdinand is an amiabull, entertain ..
Made by the producers and director of Ice Age, Ferdinands fine message to the kids is like that of so many animations be yourself and youll go far.
It is not going to win too many prizes for originality, but you could do worse than take your kids to see this well intentioned movie.
And perhaps the best part is the clever script that will appeal to both little kids and the adults who take them to the theater as the humor is defini ..
Chicago Sun Times
The jolly tale of a peace loving bull who prefers sniffing roses to snorting in the ring.
Keep your expectations low and youll find yourselves enjoying this one.
It is the platonic ideal of a formulaic 2010s animated childrens movie.
There are a couple of genuinely funny gags that only adults will get (a funny bull in a china shop sequence).With a lovely voice performance from Cena ..
Winnipeg Free Press
The bar for all ages features has risen so much thanks to the work of Pixar, Laika, Disney and others, that its hard to excuse this kind of pandering ..
Or Lando Weekly
If youll excuse the metaphor, it feels like 10 pounds of bull in a five pound bag.
It seems that Ferdinand wanted to compensate for the lack of strength of the central story with characters with a tendency to excess.
It was made into a muy adorable seven minute Oscar winning film in 1938.
Blessed with fresh faced performances, Dakota Skye layers a pleasing fantasy element onto a thoughtful study of teen alienation and angst.
Cena is excellent as a kind and gentle big boy who doesnt know his own strength.
Its a pity the filmmakers message diluted by what feels increasingly like an animated screenwriting formula populated by daffy sidekicks, a cute, wise ..
Above average CGI work blends seamlessly with live action to deliver a very satisfying holiday film.
Vacation photographs often capture perfect moments in favorite places.
No, it isnt the best animated movie of the year by a long shot but for what its worth, it hits the emotion straight home by delivering a moving ending ..
The worst thing, without a doubt, is the designs lack of aesthetic consistency...
CG technology keeps improving every year and Ferdinand isnt a film thats heavy on special effects, but animated films take some time to come together ..
At once both a touching and uproariously funny tale, the film scores points in just about every department an animated film must be judged on.
However, the slight story of the book has been expanded to fill out a feature, and some of the choices are worse than just padding; they are misguided ..
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With its mostly amiable cast of second string voicers, a few fluffy gags and a message that might be misconstrued (it does look like the takeaway mora ..
Still, for all its problems, this is a film with world class animation, revealing everything from astonishingly rich crowd scenes to rusty details on ..
Abc News Go
Having said that, its no Ed Wood and most of its laughs come simply from recreating The Room.Its nonetheless an entertaining good time made better by ..
This one comes from Blue Sky Studios, the people behind the Ice Age toons.Its noisy and often frantic theres a car chase (sigh) but it preserves the o ..
Some of it works and some of it doesnt, but its mostly all secondary to Ferdinand, who the film gets perfectly right.Cenas voice performance is steady ..
Now Ferdinand is back in an enjoyable but spotty 106 minute animated film from the studio that made the Ice Age movies.
Ferdinand is a family friendly heart warmer that wins you over in spite of its flaws.
The Verdict Another spectacular instalment in the mythological space saga, this punches all your pleasure buttons.
While the plot is quite basic, there are characters that are funny enough to sustain the movie.
With its tongue firmly planted in its each, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle knows how ridiculous its premise is, but it runs with it, and consistently ..
The Jam Report
Feels like a loosely collected series of cliches, celebrating those who dont fit the mold of whats around them but without bringing anything new to a ..
Telling a story like Ferdinand doesnt require reinventing the wheel.
And yet, theres a degree of charm and earnestness to the film that makes it a worthwhile experience.
Her goofy Lupe is genuinely funny at times, while the mellow Ferdinand sweetly smiles and civilizes the message to be yourself.
To hell with normative gender views! Let bulls sniff the field flowers if they want to. Accept them for who they are and not what theyre expected to b ..
The Lonely Film Critic
In the end, Ferdinand learns that just because the world says hes a fighter doesnt mean hes forced to fulfill societys assigned destiny.
And at the centre of it all is the sweet Ferdinand, a hero with a big heart who is sure to capture yours.
Movies 4 Kids
A too simplistic plot that detracts much sympathy from the characters.
Conveys the spirit of the story...while providing new characters that bring humor and necessary relief.
Surprisingly, an anti bullfight subtext that, in Spain, will have some amazing resonance.
The cartoon aptly complements its loftier ambitions with silliness and slapstick.
Its a perfectly fine true story sports movie with some good performances.
Its kind of an obvious metaphor but maybe the best one youre ever going to get for a movie about bullfighting from the bulls perspective.
But what really stands out are the themes of friendship, problem solving and learning to be true to yourself. Ferdinand does not back down to his bull ..
... continually lacks the value of its protagonist to innovate and surprise.
I think it fails to create a truly profound impact, but it works as a fleeting and entertaining adventure.
As a feature film, Ferdinand remains afloat when it focuses on the virtues of the titular character. The rest feels like an experiment with unequal re ..
The laughs arent aimed too often at the adults in the audience, making this one of those acceptable, if not enjoyable, trips to the theater.
It tries to walk this fine line and tell a light hearted story about a sweet natured bull who just wants to smell the flowers.
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