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  • A short show about Ferdinand is shown on television every Christmas Eve in Sweden. It's a very popular and known tradition in most houses.
  • This is the first Blue Sky Studios released during the holiday season, since The Peanuts Movie (2015).
  • Walt Disney previously produced a short film about Ferdinand the bull that won an Academy Award for Best Animated Short.
  • This film marks the third Blue Sky Studios film that's based on a book, after Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! (2008) and Epic (2013). (Not counting The Peanuts Movie (2015) which is based on a comic strip).
  • This marks the fourth animated film with which John Cena has been involved, after Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery (2014), The Flintstones & WWE: Stone Age Smackdown (2015), and Surf's Up 2: WaveMania (2017), as well as the first to release theatrically.
  • This is John Cena's second animated film in 2017. He was also in Surf's Up 2: WaveMania (2017).
  • Originally intended to be released in July 2017, then it was pushed back to December 22nd the same year, then it was pushed forward to December 15th, releasing the same day as Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017).
  • Kate McKinnon's third animated film, after The Angry Birds Movie (2016) and Finding Dory (2016).
  • Carlos Saldahna also directed Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006), Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009), Rio (2011), and Rio 2 (2014). He also co-directed Ice Age (2002) and Robots (2005).
  • Blue Sky Studios and WWE are both based in Connecticut.
  • Despite coming out in 3-D, the first trailer nor poster mention it's 3-D release.
  • "Ferdinand The Bull" was a Disney animated short, first shown in 1938.
  • Blue Sky Studios' twelfth feature film.
  • This is Gabriel Iglesias' fifth and last animated feature in 2017. He was also in Smurfs: The Lost Village (2017), The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature (2017), The Star (2017), and Coco (2017).
  • The sixth Blue Sky Studios movie to use human characters after Ice Age (2002), Rio (2011), Epic (2013), Rio 2 (2014), and The Peanuts Movie (2015). All others were humanless.
  • In The Blind Side (2009), Leigh Anne Tuohy (Sandra Bullock) reads "The Story of Ferdinand" by Munro Leaf, to her son and Michael.
  • Gina Rodriguez, Gabriel Iglesias, and Anthony Anderson's second animated film together, after The Star (2017).
  • The scenes where Una, Dos, and Cuatro roll themselves up is an allusion to Sonic the Hedgehog. One of them is even blue, like Sonic.
  • David Tennant's second animated film based on a book, after How to Train Your Dragon (2010).
  • David Tennant's third theatrically released animated film, after How to Train Your Dragon (2010) and The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012).
  • Angus shares the same name as the Persian cat, Angus from Rock Dog (2016).
  • Although Ferdinand is a peaceful bull that does not wish to partake in any fierce fighting, his voice actor, John Cena, is known for being a wrestler.
  • Is the first Blue Sky Studios film to simply use the name of the main protagonist in the title since Dr Seuss's Horton Hears a Who (2008).
  • Gabriel Iglesias and Bobby Cannavale's second animated film together, after The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature (2017).
  • This is the second Blue Sky Studios film, based on a book and animation, to have an original theme music being remade by its film composer. The first was The Peanuts Movie's (2015) "Linus and Lucy", "Skating", "Christmas Time Is Here", and "Christmas is Coming" having been remade by Christophe Beck. The second is Ferdinand's (2017) "Flower Theme" being remade by John Powell.
  • John Powell also scored some of the previous films produced by Blue Sky Studios, which were Robots (2005), Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006), Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009), Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012), Rio (2011), Rio 2 (2014), and Dr. Suess' Horton Hears a Who! (2008).
  • This is the first major motion picture to star NFL legend Peyton Manning.
  • The longest Blue Sky film to date, five to six minutes longer than Rio 2 (2014) and Epic (2013).
  • Koukoi Games released a mobile video game based on the film, called "Ferdinand: Unstoppabull." The game is available from Google Play and the App Store.
  • This marks John Powell's second Blue Sky Studios original motion picture score album not to be distributed by Var?se Sarabande since Rio 2 (2014) was distributed by Sony Classical.
  • Blue Sky Studios' second film to be nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature, the first was The Peanuts Movie (2015).
  • This could possibly be Blue Sky Studios' final film to be distributed by 20th Century Fox before the deal with Disney (so far).
  • At one point in the film, Angus the Scottish Bull states "I'm a bull, not a doctor." This is a likely nod to David Tennant's role as the 10th Doctor in the long running BBC Series Doctor Who (2005). This is also a nod to Star Trek (1966) as Dr McCoy, when doing something out of his expertise, made references such as 'I'm a Doctor, not a mechanic.'
  • Opened to only $13.3 million, the lowest figure for a Blue Sky Studios film, partly due to opening alongside Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017), besting the $21.3 million opening for Ice Age: Collision Course (2016), the franchise's lowest grossing film.
  • The village where Nina and Ferdinand live in is Ronda in the south of Spain. This village is known for having the oldest bullring in the world, built in 1785.
  • Just like Rio (2011), Ferdinand (2017) also have photos of the events during the aftermath of the film rolling with the closing credits.
  • First lead role in an animated project for John Cena. Before that, he had previously landed the lead roles in Dave the Barbarian and the pilot to Ultimate Muscle: The Kinnikuman Legacy (2002), but both were never released to the public. He had also auditioned for Ron Stoppable in Kim Possible (2002).
  • Blue Sky Studios's 9th PG Rated Movie, of which all their films but Horton Hears a Who! (2008), Rio 2 (2014) and The Peanuts Movie (2015) have been Rated, as well as their 4th non-Ice Age film to have that rating.
  • if you have good hearing you may hear the Chicken Run (2000) reference if there's a will there's a way
  • The first Blue Sky Studios film to display the title at the end instead of the start.
  • This is Blue Sky Studios' first PG-rated animated film for thematic elements.
  • The sixth Blue Sky Studios film to be produced in 2.35:1, after Rio (2011), Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012), Epic (2013), Rio 2 (2014) and Ice Age: Collision Course (2016).
  • El Primero is one of the characters to be a secret villain the others are Robots (2005) with Ratchet the secret secondary antagonist Ice Age The Meltdown (2006) with The Lone Gunslinger Vulture the secret tertiary antagonist and Horton Hears a Who (2008) with Sour Kangaroo the secret main antagonist.
  • Many of the character's names are little puns or at least apt descriptions of the characters themselves. Guapo is a Spanish slang term for "big tough guy" but can also refer to one who thinks he is "all that" which is exactly like the character who is always flashing a smile and likes to strike poses. Valiente means brave or valiant, which we don't see from said character until later. Bones is so skinny you can see his bones through his hide, namely his pelvic bones. Maquina means machine, and we see this in how he dances like a robot, conducts electricity, and the rumor that he was made in a lab. Una, Dos, and Quatro mean One, Two, and Four. Angus is a common Scottish name but also the name for a breed of Scottish cattle. El Primero is less of a name and more of a title, and it means "The First" or in this case more likely, "The Best". Some other names aren't quite as clear. Lupe sounds like "loopy", American vernacular for crazy and even Nina when written as ni?a means "girl". Lupe is short for Guadalupe (Virgen of Guadalupe)
  • The hedgehogs are named Una, Dos, and Quatro. In English this translates to One, Two, and Four. This is why Ferdinand asked about "Tres" since that name translates to the number Three.
  • David Tennant and Sally Phillips previously appeared in The Decoy Bride.


  • Possibly a nod to John Cena's co-worker Dwayne Johnson (the Rock), in the scene where Ferdinand wakes the rooster, you see that Jorg? is the same colors as HeiHei from Moana (2016). Jorge and HeiHei are phonetically similar, and comedic relief.
  • In one scene while the Bulls and Hedgehogs are driving, and get confused of which direction to turn from where they're facing, Lupe (Kate McKinnon) tells them they're facing the same direction. This joke was also used with McKinnon's character Stella in The Angry Birds Movie (2016) when there was confusion of which direction to launch her from the Slingshot during the battle scene.
  • When Ferdinand asks the hedgehogs Una, Dos, and Cuatro what happened to Tres, they imply that Tres is dead. In the mid-credits scene, Tres turns out to be alive.
  • El Primero is the fourth character in a Blue Sky Studios movie to be a secret villain the previous three films where a character does something like that are Robots (2005) with Ratchet, Ice Age The Meltdown (2006) with the Lone Gunslinger Vulture and Horton Hears a Who (2008) with Sour Kangaroo this means that El Primero is the secret main antagonist.
  • On screen Body Count: 1, Ferdinand's Father, (off screen: all other bulls from la casa del toro). or 0 if you count Guapo and Tres as someone whom you thought was dead turning out to be alive after all.
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