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Ferdinand, a giant bull with a big heart, is mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure in order to return to his family. Based on the classic children's book, and filled with non stop fun and laughs. Ferdinand proves you can't judge a book by its cover!
The story of Ferdinand is a classic tale that most of us have heard at some point in our childhood. The creators of the Ferdinand movie have taken this story and woven into it a mix of comedy, love, resilience, and friendship.
I found this movie had such a rich tapestry of characters and a wonderful humorous element throughout the film. The director even managed to add the classic, 'Bull in a china shop' into the film, but this is done in such a manner that the laughs are natural, and yes I did laugh out loud many times throughout the movie. There are moments that tug on your heartstrings, and I noticed all the viewers leaned in a little several times throughout the film, always a sign that you're invested in the movie and you don't want the tragic event to unfold.
The producer has introduced many new animals, but the story is delivered in such a way that they are naturally woven into the tale, and you don't question the introduction of a crazy goat or some spoiled horses! The animation is incredible, capturing the story and bringing all the characters to life.
The movie itself sends a message to viewers that you don't need to run with the crowd, it's important to stay true to yourself, and to look after your friends. The anti-bullying message is neatly part of the story, as is the 'don't judge a book by its cover' message.
I think this movie will earn a place in families hearts, it takes the classic tale and adds layers of complexity, and humour. This is a must-see movie, it will appeal to both young and old, boys and girls, and it can be enjoyed over and over.
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