Honest, Heartbreaking & Hopeful: Ferdinand at Chapter Arts.

Honest, Heartbreaking & Hopeful: Ferdinand at Chapter Arts.

A bull (Ferdinand) pulling a funny face surrounded by balloons.
*Thanks to Chapter for tickets. All opinions are 100% honest and my own.

Today we headed to the ever unique and wonderful Chapter Arts in Canton to catch Ferdinand, a film I knew Molly and George would love (and I would most likely cry at!). Ferdinand is a children’s animation written by Robert L. Baird, Tim Federle and Brad Copeland and it was directed by Carlos Saldanha, based on Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson’s book The Story of Ferdinand.

The story follows a young bull who, once he learns of his father’s death, escapes bull fighting ranch Casa del Toro and ends up safe and loved by a young girl, her father and their dog. When he causes chaos at a Flower Festival, he is captured and returned to the ranch ready to fight. The greatest bull fighter in the world chooses Ferdinand for his final fight, but Ferdinand has other ideas…

Ferdinand is a wonderful family film, with beautiful animation and well-written characters. The story is full of humour, but the themes running throughout are dark, honest and handled with incredibly sensitivity. 

We all loved Ferdinand, he is such a kind and loving character and he’s certainly an inspiration when it comes to forgiveness and being true to ourselves. I loved his relationship with the family dog, as well as his determination to take care of everyone whilst standing true to his beliefs.  

The story is very entertaining and kept the children in the audience entertained throughout. There were many highs and lows, but it never once entered into the realms of boring, that’s for sure!

Here’s a little sleepy (our daily travels tired them out!) response to the movie… 

I think some of the scenes were very relevant for the world we live in, such as the slaughterhouse and bull fighting scenes. These are things we should all be facing up to and resisting; they are acts of cruelty and they are completely unnecessary. I completely respect the films honesty; the cruelty bulls experience, whether they fight or are used for food, is out there for us to see. 

I think there could have been a little more in the way of emotion within the film, especially when we discover Ferdinand’s father is dead. It reminded me of the scene in Bambi when his mother dies, but less emotional. However this didn’t deter from pulling at my heartstrings, and yes, I did cry at the end of the movie when Ferdinand faces the Matador.

There’s a great sense of fun within this movie, despite some of the more harrowing truths of bull fighting and meat production. I think this film is definitely layered with important messages and themes, and we need to talk about and embrace them…

You can catch Ferdinand tomorrow at Chapter at 11am 🙂

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