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Ferdinand the Bull (1938)

Little Ferdinand the bull is stung by a bumblebee when men come to pick a bull for a fight. When he gets in the arena, all he cares about are the flowers in the matador's hands.

Director:

Dick Rickard (uncredited)

Writers:

Munro Leaf (story), Robert Lawson (story)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Don Wilson ... Narrator (voice)
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Storyline

Little Ferdinand would much rather smell the flowers than butt heads with the other cows. When the men come to choose the bull for the fight, Ferdinand accidentally sits on a bumblebee. The men see him dash around madly, so they pick Ferdinand. Comes the bullfight, and all Ferdinand cares about is the bouquet of flowers a woman tossed to the matador. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 November 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Story of Ferdinand See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The parade of bullfighters consists of caricatures of various Disney artists. The caricatures include (in order of appearance), Bill Tytla (on horseback), Fred Moore, Art Babbitt, Hamilton Luske, and Jack Campbell. The matador himself is supposedly patterned after Walt Disney. The little man bringing up the rear, carrying the matador's sword, is Ward Kimball, the lead animator on the scene. See more »

Quotes

Matador: Whassa matta with you, you crazy bull? Fight!
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Connections

Edited into For Whom the Bulls Toil (1953) See more »

Soundtracks

Ferdinand The Bull
Written by Larry Morey and Albert Hay Malotte
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Disney does justice to an excellent work of children's literature
13 February 2001 | by llltdesqSee all my reviews

Disney has had a reputation (in large part, justifiably so) for taking literary works and making them overly cute, thereby not doing justice to the source (i.e., Bambi), but here do a wonderful job of bringing Ferdinand off the printed page and into glorious, moving color! This is one of the best shorts Disney ever did and took the Oscar for 1938, beating three other Disney shorts (including a Mickey Mouse) and a Paramount cartoon called Hunky and Spunky. With remarkable backgrounds and detail, even for a Disney cartoon, this really should be in-print. It does show on The Ink and Paint Club. Most joyously recommended!


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