Built to fight. Born to love.
Film information

Directed by

Carlos Saldanha

Produced by

Lisa Marie Stetler
Bruce Anderson
John Davis
Lori Forte
Executive Producer:
Chris Wedge

Written by

Robert B. Baird
Tim Federle
Brad Copeland (screenplay)
Ron Burch
David Kidd
Don Rhymer (screen story)
Munro Leaf
Robert Lawson (based on The Story of Ferdinand)

Music by

John Powell


Renato Falcao

Editing by

Harry Hitner


Blue Sky Studios
Davis Entertainment
20th Century Fox Animation

Distributed by

20th Century Fox

Release Date(s)

December 15, 2017

Running time

107 minutes




$111 milion

Gross Revenue

$236.1 million

Preceded by

Ice Age: Collision Course (2016)

Followed by

Spies in Disguise (2019) Ice Age: Landscape Damage (2019-2029) Ferndinand 2 (2020)

Ferdinand is a 2017 American 3D computer-animated comedy-drama film produced by Blue Sky Studios and 20th Century Fox Animation and directed by Carlos Saldanha and It stars John Cena and Kate McKinnon.

The film was released on December 15, 2017 in 3D and 2D. The film received generally positive reviews from critics and was a box office success, grossing $296 million worldwide against it's $111 million budget.


In Spain, a bullfight training area called Casa del Toro harbors a bull calf named Ferdinand, who is ridiculed by his fellow bulls for being non-confrontational and his tendency to smell and protect flowers. Ferdinand runs away from Casa del Toro after his dad fails to return after coming back from a bullfight he was picked for. He eventually winds up at a florist's farm and is adopted by the owner Juan and his daughter, Nina with whom he shares a bond with, he often annoys the family's pet Old English Sheepdog, Paco.


  • John Cena as Ferdinand, a bull
  • Colin H. Murphy as Young Ferdinand
  • Kate McKinnon as Lupe, a goat
  • Anthony Anderson as Bones, a bull
  • Nile Daz as young Bones
  • Bobby Cannavale as Valiente, a bull and Valiente’s father
  • Jack Gore as young Valiente
  • Peyton Manning as Guapo, a bull
  • Jet Jurgensmeyer as young Guapo
  • David Tennant as Angus, a Scottish bull, originally from Scotland
  • Gina Rodriguez as Una, a hedgehog
  • Daveed Diggs as Dos, a hedgehog
  • Gabriel ”Fluffy" Iglesias as Cuatro, a hedgehog
  • Miguel Ángel Silvestre as El Primero , a matador
  • Flula Borg as Hans, a horse
  • Boris Kodjoe as Klaus, a horse
  • Sally Phillips as Greta, a horse
  • Jerrod Carmichael as Paco, a dog
  • Karla Martínez as Isabella, the Village Mom
  • Raúl Esparza as Moreno
  • Lily Day as Nina, the original owner of Ferdinand and Paco
  • Juanes as Juan, the father of Nina
  • Jeremy Sisto as Raf, the father of Ferdinand


In 2011, it was reported that 20th Century Fox acquired the rights to the story to adapt it into a CGI feature film with Carlos Saldanha attached to direct it.

It was released on December 15, 2017, opening against Star Wars - Episode VIII: The Last Jedi.

The first teaser trailer was released on March 28, 2017 and was shown in front of The Boss Baby, and the second Trailer Release On June 14, 2017 In front of Cars 3 .

The third trailer release on September 20, 2017 in front of The Lego Ninjago Movie.

Release Edit

Ferdinand was going to be released on December 22nd 2017, but was pushed back to December 15th 2017.


  • This is the first Blue Sky Studios film to have John Cena voice a character.
  • Ferdinand is the third Blue Sky Studios film in which the main character begins at a young age (the first was Robots and Rio).
  • This marks the end of the 7-year Blue Sky Studio's streke started with Rio releasing a film every year.
  • Ferdinand is the sixth Blue Sky Studios to have humans, after Ice AgeRioEpic, Rio 2 and The Peanuts Movie.
  • It is the fifth film from Blue Sky to be directed by Carlos Saldanha, after Ice Age: The Meltdown, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Rio, and Rio 2.
  • This is Blue Sky Studios' 12th feature film.
  • It is the 3rd Blue Sky film to be based on a book, after Horton Hears a Who! and Epic (not counting The Peanuts Movie).
  • It is the first Blue Sky film to be nominated for an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Feature since Ice Age in 2002.
  • This is the fifth Blue Sky Studios film to feature humans after Rio, Epic, Rio 2 and The Peanuts Movie.
  • It is the eighth film from Blue Sky to attain a PG rating, after Ice Age, Robots, Ice Age: The Meltdown, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Ice Age: Continental Drift, Epic and Ice Age: Collision Course.
  • Ferdinand will be released on DVD & Blu-Ray on March 13, 2018.
  • This is the second Blue Sky Studios DVD & Blu-Ray to release in March after The Peanuts Movie.
  • With the running time of 108 minutes, this is the longest Blue Sky Studios film in history.
  • This is the last Blue Sky Studios film released by 20th Century Fox through themselves, due to Disney's completed acquisition of 21st Century Fox (including 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios) on March 20, 2019. Ironically, Disney previously produced it own adaptation of Ferdinand the Bull as an animated short back in 1938.
  • The Australian Home Media release for DVD & Blu-Ray adaptions have had three scenes removed from the film. One: The Saw from the Slaughterhouse. Two: Revival of the Bunny during the car chase (Maquina - Defibrillator). Three: During the Bull Fight in the arena with the Matador El Primero.
  • This is the second Blue Sky Studios film to be released in the fourth quarter, after The Peanuts Movie.



Credits Edit

Directed by: Carlos Saldanha

Produced by: John Davis and Lisa Marie Stetler

Produced by: Lori Forte, p.g.a. and Bruce Anderson, p.g.a.

Executive Producer: Chris Wedge

Screenplay by: Robert B. Baird, Tim Federle and Brad Copeland

Screen Story by: Ron Burch, David Kidd and Don Rhymer

Based on the book The Story of Ferdinand by: Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson

Music by: John Powell

Production Designer: Thomas Cardone

Edited by: Harry Hitner

Sequences Director: Galen T. Chu

Music Supervisior: Julianne Jordan

Casting by: Christian Kaplan, CSA