|Directed by||:||Carlos Saldanha||Produced by||:||Bruce Anderson, Lori Forte, Paul Feig||Based on||:||The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf||Starring||:||John Cena, Kate McKinnon||Production company||:||Blue Sky Studios, 20th Century Fox Animation, Davis Entertainment (uncredited)||Country||:||United States|
Movie review: Feeling bullish about 'Ferdinand'
The only computer animated films by Blue Sky Studios that come to mind are "Ice Age" (2002) and "Rio" (2011) and their sequels -- mid-tier titles that may not count as animated classics in the long run, as Disney or Pixar films are more expected to be. My personal favorite Blue Sky film was "The Peanuts Movie" (2015).
The offering of Blue Sky this year is an adaptation of a 1936 children's book called "The Story of Ferdinand" written by Munro Leaf and illustrated by Robert Lawson. The title character Ferdinand is a peaceful bull who would rather play and smell flowers than do what is traditionally expected of him -- fight in the bullring.
The treatment of the story in this animated film version was very juvenile, a bit too sweet and sentimental at times. Scriptwriters Robert L. Baird, Tim Federle and Brad Copeland weaved into the central plot several wacky misadventures of the main character and his friends to make it appealing to kids.
Carlos Sandanha, the Brazilian director of a number of Blue Sky's biggest hits like "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs" (2012) and both "Rio" films, told this important story of non-violence with a kind yet assured touch and silly sense of humor which audiences young and old will appreciate.