Ferdinand, a little bull, prefers sitting quietly under a cork tree just smelling the flowers versus jumping around, snorting, and butting heads with other bulls. As Ferdinand grows big and strong, his temperament remains mellow, but one day five men come to choose the “biggest, fastest, roughest bull” for the bullfights in Madrid and Ferdinand is mistakenly chosen. Based on the classic 1936 children’s book by Munro Leaf.
Ferdinand (2017) Video Movie Review, a Blue Sky Studios movie directed by Carlos Saldanha and starring John Cena as Ferdinand, Kate McKinnon as Lupe, David Tennant as Angus, Gabriel Iglesias as Cuatro and Peyton Manning as Guapo. In this video review, I delve into Carlos Saldanha’s Ferdinand and discuss the film’s story, animation, its characters.
As expected, Disney and LucasFilm’s The Last Jedi gave a shot in the arm to the sagging box office, with a massive $220 million opening weekend that was good enough for the second highest debut ever, just behind 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($247.9 million). The movie only had one direct competitor in wide release, 20th Century Fox’s animated comedy Ferdinand, but this weekend it will be facing five newcomers, two of which (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and The Greatest Showman) open tomorrow, with three more (Pitch Perfect 3, Downsizing, Father Figures) win Friday, while All the Money in the World opens wide on Monday, Christmas Day. Despite this influx of new competition, Star Wars: The Last Jedi should have no trouble repeating atop the box office this weekend, with a projected $135.6 million.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed 70 songs that qualify for the Best Original Song Oscar this afternoon. Films with more than one submission include “Beauty and the Beast,” “Call Me By Your Name,” “Cars 3,” “Elizabeth Blue” and “Pulimurugan.” It’s worth noting that “The Greatest Showman,” a musical featuring original songs from last year’s winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, only submitted one song, “This Is Me.”
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that 70 songs are currently in contention for nominations to the best original song category. That’s down from 93 eligible songs last year, although it represents a substantial increase from lean years like 2010, when the number of tunes making the cut was a mere 40.
Pop-star contributions are peppered throughout the list, including Taylor Swift’s “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” from “Fifty Shades Darker,” Mariah Carey’s “The Star” from the film of the same name, and Nick Jonas’ “Home” from Fox’s “Ferdinand.” Other well known performers appearing on the list of songwriters include Sara Bareilles (with a song from “Battle of the Sexes”), Elvis Costello (“Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool”), Mary J. Blige (“Mudbound”), Common (“Marshall”), Chris Cornell (“The Promise”), Dierks Bentley (“Only the Brave”), and Ryan Tedder (“An Inconvenient Sequel”).
Chicago – Like the repeat tenets of real estate, good animated films come down to story, story, story. And ‘Ferdinand,’ an older children’s tale adapted to modern audiences, combines a gentle source narrative with palatable visual and cartoon jokes. It’s fun for the whole family!
The story of Ferdinand the Bull has roots in 1936, when an old timey writer of children’s books, Munro Leaf (who also wrote “Mr. Popper’s Penguins”), chronicled the scenario of a physically-strong-yet-gentle bull, who would rather sniff flowers than fight in the bullring. Three screenwriters – usually a red flag – adapted the story for modern kid audiences, yet maintained the gentleness and humor associated with it (the film is produced by Blue Sky Animation, the creators of the Ice Age series). Strong voice characterizations also make it work, including ex-WWE wrestler John Cena as the title character.
The Force dominated at the box office as Disney-Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” opened with a stellar $220 million weekend at 4,232 North American sites — the second-highest opening weekend of all time.
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” finished trails only the $248 million launch of 2015’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”
The tentpole opened with $104.8 million on Friday (including $45 million from Thursday night previews), followed by $63.7 million on Saturday and a projected $52 million on Sunday.
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” has become only the fourth movie to top $200 million domestically in its opening frame, joining 2015’s “The Force Awakens,” 2015’s “Jurassic World” with $208.8 million, and 2012’s “The Avengers” with $207.4 million. It will finish the weekend 29% above the “Star Wars” spinoff “Rogue One,” which opened with $155.1 million on the same weekend a year ago.