‘Ferdinand’ the bull has to decide whether he is a fighter or a lover

The Story of Ferdinand

The Story of Ferdinand is a children’s book about a bull who would rather smell the flowers than fight. It was written in 1936 by Munro Leaf and illustrated by Robert Lawson.

The book is a children’s classic. In 1938, Life magazine called it “the greatest juvenile classic since Winnie the Pooh.” Political interpretations made the story controversial in some countries. It was even banned in Spain until after Franco’s death.

Spanish-speakers of a certain age grew up with El Cuento de Ferdinando.

Ferdinand The Bull (1938)

Ferdinand The Bull is a 1938 Disney short animated film based on the book.

Ferdinand (2017)

Ferdinand is Carlos Saldanha’s 2017 animated feature film. It opens nationwide Friday, December 15, 2017.

Ferdinand Cast

Ferdinand stars John Cena, Kate McKinnon, and Bobby Cannavale.

Ferdinand the bull : John Cena (professional wrestler)

Lupe the goat : Kate McKinnon

Valiente, a bull: Bobby Cannavale (Cuban – American)

Una, a hedgehog: Gina Rodriguez (Puerto Rican – American)

Cuatro, a hedgehog: Gabriel Iglesias (Mexican – American)

Ferdinand Music

The movie features songs by Nick Jonas, Juanes (Colombian), Pitbull (Cuban – American), and Los del Rio (Spanish).

Ferdinand Awards

Academy Awards


  1. Best Animated Feature Film

Golden Globe Awards


  1. Best Animated Feature Film
  2. Best Original Song (Home)

Carlos Saldanha Ice Age and Rio

Carlos Saldanha is a Brazilian director from Rio de Janeiro best known for the Ice Age and Rio animated series. He  lives and works in Hoboken, New Jersey.


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