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Watch the Trailer For Blue Sky Studios’ ‘Ferdinand’

Twentieth Century Fox released a trailer today for Ferdinand, the next feature film from Blue Sky Studios:

Ferdinand is directed by Blue Sky stalwart Carlos Saldanha, who was a co-director on the studio’s first feature Ice Age and has since directed Rio and Ice Age: The Meltdown on his own.

The film is based on Munro Leaf’s 1936 children’s book The Story of Ferdinand about a pacifist bull who prefers smelling roses to fighting in the ring. Here’s the official studio description for this updated version:

Ferdinand tells the story of a giant bull with a big heart. After being 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. Set in Spain, Ferdinand proves you can’t judge a bull by its cover.

Considering the short length of the original story (it was adapted as an animated short by Disney in 1938), a feature-length adaptation would require significant expansion of the original plot. That task fell to Ellen Martin, creator of the children’s series Blaze and the Monster Machines, who is credited with the film’s story. A host of writers followed her up on the screenplay: Erica Rivinoja (Trolls, The Last Man on Earth), Ian Southwood, and the veteran writing team of J. David Stem and David N. Weiss (The Rugrats Movie, Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, Shrek 2, The Smurfs).

Wrestler John Cena voices the title character. He’s supported by vocal performances from Kate McKinnon, Gina Rodriguez, Daveed Diggs, Gabriel Iglesias, Bobby Cannavale, David Tennant, Anthony Anderson, Flula Borg, Sally Phillips, Boris Kodjoe, Jerrod Carmichael, Raúl Esparza, Karla Martínez, and Miguel Ángel Silvestre.

Ferdinand will be released in U.S. theaters on December 15, 2017, as counterprogramming to Disney’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which opens on the same day.

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  • Bob

    :O first purely informational post about blue sky?!?!

  • Tre

    All of those WWE/Hanna Barbera crossovers have prepared John Cena for this moment!
    Overall, visually it looks pretty damn good.

  • jhalpernkitcat

    “You will bullieve.” Seriously?

    Got to admit, the bull in the china shop joke was great–and the CPR on the bunny.

    • It’s either that or something with “No Bull” it it. You know this is true.

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  • Dave

    Sally Phillips? Someone must be a fan of British comedy.

    • deanareeno

      …and/or a fan of HBO’s excellent VEEP, where Sally kills it as Minna Häkkinen, PM of Finland.

  • Tony

    This looks fun, but putting it opposite The Last Jedi worries me. Disney tried it with the Winnie the Pooh movie opposite the last Harry Potter film, and it failed miserably.

    • Agreed

      Absolutely. There’s no way they should put up a family film like this against Star Wars. You’re just begging to become a box office bomb.

  • Andres Molina

    Finally, Blue Sky is doing films that aren’t Ice Age. Maybe this movie will bring them to new success.

  • I’m surprised by how charming this is for a Blue Sky trailer. There’s no cringy one-liners or butt jokes. John Cena sounds like a gimmicky choice, but he doesn’t feel out of place here at all. I also like how stylized Ferdinand’s character design is – too bad the humans just look like extras from Rio.

    I guess Ice Age 5’s disappointing box office performance was the kick in the pants Blue Sky needed to get their act together. Or maybe the next trailer will have the animals dance to Macklemore. Who knows.

  • I find it odd that they felt the need to move the setting to modern times (perhaps to help lengthen the plot easily or ‘make the story more relevant.’) There aren’t many animated films with a traditional Spanish setting so I was looking forward that…Oh well.

    Who knows, Blue Sky might surprise us like they did with The Peanuts. At least it’s not another Ice Age or live-action/cgi Smurfs this time around.

    • OG Thug McNasty

      The live action/CG Smurfs movies were from Sony Pictures Animation, by the way.

      • Oh yeah…I sometimes flip the two studios in my head because they are somewhat similar to one another
        (both bring medium sized studios after Pixar/Dreamworks). My bad.

  • top_cat_james

    “What a gulli-bull…What a nin-cow-poop…”.

  • heymcdermott

    Liked the design, liked the gags in the trailer. If only they could have taken the extra step of not doing the “this is me” narration, but that’s a quibble.

  • bob

    the release date being that of star wars is uhh… interesting. I would run from that date… run far away… I think the average kid will choose to see star wars over this.

  • Dante Panora

    I loved the book as a little kid, so… I guess I had some kind of expectations? It’s kind of reminding me of that Spanish movie the Missing Lynx, which isn’t really a good thing for a major animation studio like Blue Sky. Also I do firmly believe the sole reason John Cena is that bull is because of the meme. And another WWE animation deal.

  • JodyMorgan

    I’m kinda skeptical about how they’re going to expand the story to feature length, and the art design, while pleasant, doesn’t look particularly distinctive. It does look to be an enjoyable 80-90 minutes, at least.

  • Andrew Kieswetter

    Looks good. I wonder if Ferdinand has a romantic interest in the movie.

  • matt

    Hated the music. Not funny. They’re obviously hoping this will be a cash cow but from the trailer it looks like a load of bull.

  • ea

    I wonder what reception this movie will have in the Iberian peninsula. Bullfighting is to Spain what whaling is to Japan.

    • Well now they’ll get their own “gotta believe in yourself” flick!

      • Dusty Ayres

        As shown in an article from a few months ago, the ‘average’ Spaniard might want something completely different.

  • Mechanical Mind

    when you realize all bull fights end in them killing the bull.

  • Nina

    That’s a LOT of characters.

  • The music in the trailer sucks. I would like to see this movie but the trailer was sooo boring!!!