Rated: PG
Release Date: 12/15/2017
Production Company: 20th Century Fox

John Cena, Kate McKinnon, Anthony Anderson, Bobby Cannavale, Peyton Manning, Gina Rodriguez, Miguel Ángel Silvestre and David Tennant.

Director: Carlos Saldanha. Producers: Bruce Anderson, John Davis, Lori Forte and Lisa Marie Stetler. Executive Producer: Chris Wedge. Screenwriters: (Based on the book "Ferdinand" by: Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson). Ron Burch, David Kidd, Don Rhymer, Robert L. Baird, Tim Dederle and Brad Copeland. Cinematographer: Bruno Delbonnel.

By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

The new family friendly movie “Ferdinand” won me over within minutes.

Directed by Carlos Saldanha (“Rio”) and based on Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson’s book, “The Story of Ferdinand,” the movie is an adorable and heart-warming tale of a powerful Spanish bull that has no interest in fighting.

Ferdinand (Voiced by John Cena, “Daddy’s Home 2”) prefers spending time relaxing under his favorite tree and inhaling the wonderful fragrances of all the flowers around him.

Ferdinand’s father (voiced by Jeremy Sisto, TV’s “Ice”) constantly reminds the friendly bull that flower sniffing is no kind of life for a ferocious looking beast like him. After all, Ferdinand was raised on a farm and taught from day one that he’s supposed to fight because, well, that’s what bulls do.

Ferdinand’s father has dreamed of his son being chosen by a matador and fighting in Madrid. But, that’s not Ferdinand’s dream at all.

In fact, he’s so against the idea that when his father is chosen to fight in Madrid, an unfortunate series of events occur that threaten to place him front and center of the ring too.

But, Ferdinand escapes and finds comfort from a little girl named Nina. (newcomer Lily Day) and they become best friends.

Along the way, Ferdinand meets Lupe, a goofy goat (Kate McKinnon, TV’s “SNL”) and other funny animal acquaintances that include a group of hedgehogs: Una (Gina Rodriguez (TV’s “Jane the Virgin”), Dos (Daveed Diggs, “Wonder” and TV’s “Black-ish”), Cuarto (Gabriel Iglesias, “Coco”).

There’s also fellow bulls, Bones (Anthony Anderson, TV’s “Black-ish”), Valiente, (Bobby Cannavale, TV’s “Mr. Robot”), Angus (David Tennant, TV’s “Jessica Jones”) and Guapo (former NFL star Peyton Manning).

Boris Kodjoe (“Downsized”) gets in on the fun too as Klaus the horse and Jerrod Carmichael is good for a few laughs as Paco the dog.

Overall, the kid-friendly shenanigans and humor in “Ferdinand” is a refreshing and welcome change of pace that parents as well as little tykes will enjoy.

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Check Out This Trailer For "FERDINAND"

Lana K. Wilson-Combs is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics’ Association (BFCA), the Black Reel Awards Voting Academy and a Nominating Committee Voting Member for the NAACP Image Awards.


Halls Of Anger Title: Halls Of Anger
Year Released: 1970
Running Time: 96
Production Company: Mirisch Corporation
Director: Paul Bogart
Director of Photography: Burnett Guffey
Screenwriter: John Herman Shaner and Al Ramus
Author: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

REVIEW: Editor's Note: While this "Old School Video Pick" of "Halls of Anger" has run before, I couldn't help but update a few things in it after recently watching it again along with a few other Calvin Lockhart movies, like "Melinda" and "Rain." Lockhart was an enormously talented actor who left us way too soon.

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