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.