What happens when a bull in a china shop really cares about the delicate porcelain he threatens to destroy? What happens when he would rather inhale the fragrance of a wild flower than lock horns with another bull? And what happens when he gets adopted by a little girl and finds out what the true meaning of love is? This is the story of Ferdinand, hitting the big screen for the holiday season.
Ferdinand is a lover, not a fighter, but it’s a mighty struggle to make the world understand that he’s not your typical bull. What’s beautiful about Ferdinand is that he stays true to himself in spite of incredible pressure to conform to the world’s expectations. He is supposed to spend his life aspiring to and preparing for facing a toreador in the bullring. Instead, he ends up teaching the world kindness and making friends in the most unlikely places.
Is Ferdinand okay for young kids?
Ferdinand is a little scary in parts for young children under 8: there exists the threat on the ranch where Ferdinand finds himself that unsuccessful bulls could find themselves on a trailer going to the “chop house.” You’ll also have the challenging task of explaining what bullfighting is and why it’s a thing in Spain and Mexico. And as in The Lion King, our hero loses a beloved family member.
You might have to wipe away some young tears, but the message of being yourself no matter what makes this movie worth watching.
It’s refreshing that Ferdinand is full of heart and mostly free of edgy gross-out humor. It’s doubly refreshing that there are no less than two family films in theaters right now celebrating Latin culture: Ferdinand and Coco (review here). This is a great opportunity to expose your children to the culture of Spain (the fabulous Seville where the story takes place in particular).
Catch a matinée and share how you liked the movie in the comments section. Olé!
Check out the adorable story of a real-life Ferdinand who was adopted by the Gentle Barn!