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FERDINAND <span>(2017)</span> artwork


Type Feature

Approx. Running minutes 104

Release dates 16/04/2018, 16/12/2017

Ratings Info mild threat, very mild bad language

Genre(s) Children, Animation, Comedy

Director(s) Carlos Saldanha

Cast includes Kate McKinnon (voice), Bobby Cannavale (voice), John Cena (voice), David Tennant (voice), Gina Rodriguez (voice), Daniela Bobadilla (voice)

Summary FERDINAND is an animated comedy in which a powerful bull with a gentle nature attempts to avoid his fate in the bullring.

Cut All known versions of this work passed uncut.

  • Suitable for all iconU

Ratings info

Ratings info publication date 06/12/2017

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

FERDINAND is an animated comedy in which a powerful bull with a gentle nature attempts to avoid his fate in the bullring.


A crowd scatters in panic when a bull is stung by a bee and runs wildly through a town festival. Ranch hands improvise protective shields and run from bulls as the animals come after them during a test of strength. The bulls are aware that if they are not chosen to take part in bullfights they will be consigned to an abattoir that looms over the ranch. In one scene, two bulls launch a rescue mission to save one of their friends who is in the abattoir and have a narrow escape when the machinery is activated accidentally. A bull enters a bullring where a matador prepares for the contest, but the bull refuses to fight and the scene plays out as a slapstick chase around the ring. The threat in this and other scenes are generally played for comic effect with reassuring outcomes.


There is very mild bad language which includes uses of 'butt', 'jerk', 'blooming', 'numpty' and 'Jeez'.

There is very mild rude humour as a goat regurgitates various objects it has eaten.

Precuts information

During post-production, the distributor sought and was given advice on how to secure the desired classification. Following this advice, certain changes were made prior to submission

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

This film was originally seen for advice, at which stage the company was informed it was likely to be classified PG uncut but that their preferred U could be achieved by removing a single use of mild bad language ('bloody') and reducing various scenes of mild threat and dangerous behavious involving electricity. When the film was submitted for formal classification all these issues had been addressed satisfactorily and the film was classified U.



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Twentieth Century Fox Home Ent.,20th Century Fox Film Co. Ltd
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Note to parents
Some versions of this film are displayed in the 3D or IMAX format and some younger children may find them a more intense experience

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