Blue Sky Animation (Ice Age) and 20th Century Fox have added a new animated film to our Boxing Day release slate with FERDINAND, a retelling of the Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson children’s tale. Arriving in Australia on 26 December 2017, it opens against Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi in the US on 15 December. Now that’s a bullish move.
The official synopsis:
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. From Blue Sky Studios and Carlos Saldanha, the director of “Rio” and inspired by the beloved book “The Story of Ferdinand” by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson, “Ferdinand” is a heartwarming animated comedy adventure with an all-star cast that includes John Cena, Kate McKinnon, Gina Rodriguez, Anthony Anderson and many more.
The story was previously adapted by Walt Disney in 1938 as Ferdinand the Bull, which went on to win that year’s Academy Award for Best Short Subject (Cartoons).