Ferdinand the Bull (film)
|Ferdinand the Bull|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Dick Rickard|
|Produced by||Walt Disney|
|Based on||The Story of Ferdinand
by Munro Leaf
|Narrated by||Don Wilson|
|Studio||Walt Disney Productions|
|Distributed by||RKO Radio Pictures|
|Release dates||November 25, 1938|
|Running time||7 minutes, 14 seconds|
Ferdinand the Bull is a Walt Disney cartoon released on November 25, 1938 by R.K.O. Radio Pictures, directed by Dick Rickard. Based on the book, The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf and illustrations by Robert Lawson. Sometimes considered to be a Silly Symphonies cartoon, otherwise it might not be a part of the series.
In the beginning, there are a lot of bulls, romping around together and butting their heads. There was only one bull who wasn't doing that, and that was Ferdinand. All he wanted to do was go under a shady tree and smell the flowers all day. Then one day his mother noticed that he wasn't playing with the other bulls. His mom asked him why he wasn't butting his head with the other bulls. He replied that all he wanted to do was to sit and smell the flowers. Luckily, his mother was very understanding. Over the years, Ferdinand grew and grew until he was as big as the tree. The other bulls wanted to accomplish one goal in life: to be in the bullfights in Madrid, Spain, but not Ferdinand. Then one day, five strange-looking men were here to see the bulls. When the bulls noticed them, they fought as rough as possible, hoping that they would get picked, but not Ferdinand who went back to smell the flowers. Just as Ferdinand was sitting, he accidentally sat on a bumblebee. That made him go crazy and on a rampage, knocking the other bulls out and crashed into a tree, making it fall down. The five men cheered as they took Ferdinand to Madrid. There was a lot of excitement when the day of the bull fight came. On posters, they called him Ferdinand the Fierce. At the ring came out picadors and the matador who was being cheered on. When he was bowing, a woman in the audience gave him a bouquet of flowers which landed in his hand. Then the moment came where Ferdinand came out. He was wondering what was he doing there. The picadors were scared and hid, but the matador was scared stiff as Ferdinand noticed the bouquet of flowers. He was coming as the matador dropped the bouquet of flowers as Ferdinand smelled the flowers. The matador was angry that he wasn't charging at him. Then he was so angry that he cried because he didn't do anything and ripped his shirt. Ferdinand noticed that he had a flower tattoo with the word "Daisy" at the bottom. Ferdinand licked the tattoo as he kept on crying. Eventually, he was dragged out of the arena smelling the flowers and was taken back home. Then he went back under the tree and just smelled the flowers.
There was a book sequel to this cartoon called "Ferdinand and the Bullies", a part of the Walt Disney's Fun-to-Read Library.
Home Video Release
- Disney Rarities: Celebrated Shorts: 1920s-1960s (DVD) 2005
- Walt Disney's Timeless Tales Volume 2: The Ugly Duckling/Wind in the Willows/The Country Cousin (DVD) 2005
- Walt Disney Animation Collection: Classic Short Films Volume 6: The Reluctant Dragon (DVD) 2009
- Ferdinand the Bull at the Internet Movie Database
- Ferdinand the Bull at the Big Cartoon DataBase
- Ferdinand the Bull, in the Encyclopedia of Disney Animated Shorts