The movie, based on the 1936 children’s book The Story of Ferdinand, released its teaser trailer in March, providing audiences going to see the late spring and early summer children’s movies like Smurfs: the Lost Village and Captain Underpants: the First Epic Movie a first look at the film. With Cars 3, Despicable Me 3, and The Emoji Movie coming to theaters within the next month, it’s time for Ferdinand to reveal an extended look at the holiday release.
The movie stars the voice of WWE superstar John Cena as Ferdinand, a peaceful bull with a big heart who is torn from his owner Isabella (Karla Martinez) and thrown into the aggressive world of professional bull fighting. Ferdinand would rather smell flowers and live the life of a pacifist than charge full-speed at a red cloth. Determined to leave this new and scary world behind, Ferdinand gathers a group of lovable misfit animals to help him escape, including goat Lupe (SNL’s Kate McKinnon), and hedgehogs Una, Dos and Cuatro (Gina Rodriguez, Daveed Diggs and Gabriel Iglesias, respectively).
Ferdinand looks like your average animated film, with a mix of bright colors, heartwarming messages, an all-star cast, and jokes for little kids and adults alike. It all seems a bit generic and familiar, with a few off-putting pop culture references and pratfalls to be had in the span of the two-and-a-half minute trailer. The release does join a fascinating recent trend of Hispanic-based animated films, following the debut of 2014’s The Book of Life and this year’s Thanksgiving Pixar release Coco.
The most interesting thing about the film is Cena’s involvement, as he makes one of his first forays into children’s entertainment. We’ve seen Cena attempt to stretch his acting range beyond action films in the same way that Dwayne Johnson did at the beginning of his career, recently appearing in major R-rated comedies Trainwreck and Sisters. Ferdinand will be a chance for Cena to further his widespread appeal beyond WWE fans, continuing his transition into a possible movie star like “The Rock” before him.
Directed by Carlos Saldanha (Ice Age 1-3, both Rio films) and also featuring the voice work of Bobby Cannavale, Anthony Anderson and David Tennant, Ferdinand boldly opens in December, serving as kid-centric counter programming for families not taking in the opening weekend of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
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Ferdinand debuts in theaters December 15, 2017.
Source: 20th Century Fox