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It seems like from the moment you're born, people think they've got you all figured out. Based on how you look, how you talk, where you're from... But it's not that simple, especially when it comes to me. I'm a little bit more complex... I'm Ferdinand!

Ferdinand is the titular main protagonist of the film, Ferdinand and of the book that the film is based on, The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf.

Ferdinand is a big bull with a big heart who would rather smell flowers than bullfight. He was mistaken for a dangerous beast and taken from his home to be made into a fighting bull.

Ferdinand is voiced by John Cena as an adult and Colin H. Murphy as a child.


Ferdinand's character design took a year and a half to complete, his fur alone taking three weeks. [1]


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Days in the Casa

Ferdinand and his father, Raf, were from the Casa del Toro owned by Moreno, the latter a fighting bull. One day, while Valiente, Guapo and Bones were practicing bullfighting in a pen, Ferdinand emerges from behind a door with a bucket of water and makes his way, without getting seen or entangled in their fight, to a little red flower in the pen. He affectionately speaks to it and waters the plant gently before taking a long sniff.

A truck, which Valiente names the "Winner's truck", backs into the pen and Ferdinand asks what it is. Valiente replies with a snort, claiming that he knows nothing and proceeds to explain that the truck indicated that the matador would pick a bull to fight in Plaza de Toros. The other bulls start fighting and bragging and Bones is pushed to the ground. Concerned, Ferdinand helps him up, only for the other bull to reject his aid.

During this time, Valiente spots his flower and starts mocking him. Ferdinand is challenged to a fight but he refuses, remarking that Valiente can hit him but not the flower. Confused and taken aback, Valiente leaves.

Soon, the adult bulls charge out to display their fighting to the matador. Ferdinand and the other calves cheer for their fathers. When Ferdinand's father, Raf, wins over his father, Valiente scoffs and leaves Ferdinand's side. As they trot back to their own pen, he witnesses Valiente's father dismiss his son furiously.

Raf farewells Ferdinand

Ferdinand bids his father farewell

Ferdinand trots up to Raf gleefully and the latter greets him by tossing him onto his back. He proceeds to talk about fighting for glory in the Plaza and that one day, Ferdinand would be a better fighting bull than him. Bashfully, Ferdinand expresses his reluctance for either of them to fight and asks if he could still win without fighting, to which Raf gently tells him that he wished life would be like that for Ferdinand. He promises to return, pressing his forehead against Ferdinand's and Ferdinand watches as he boards the truck.

He returns to his pen, only to see a fuming Valiente trample his flower and leave with his father. During the rest of the day, he waits inside his pen for his father to come back but when the truck finally arrives at night, he excitingly crawls out of his pen only to find the truck empty; much to his shock and sadness. Then, Valiente's father coldly states to Ferdinand that his father was "soft" and that "the soft ones always go down," therefore, demanding his own son to "bull up" after that. Spotted outside by one of Moreno's men and afraid to end up like his father, Ferdinand escapes from Casa del Toro without hesitation and boards a cargo train headed for Seville despite the men's best attempt to catch him with a rope.

Days on the farm

After Ferdinand escapes the Casa, he finds himself alone somewhere in Seville one rainy night until he gets spooked by a distant barking he hears and tries to get further away until he slips off a muddy hill and gets knocked out as he sees two figures: a dog and a man, arriving before blacking out.

In the morning, Ferdinand wakes up to find himself inside a barn. When the door opens and he sees a small figure approaching, he gets a bit scared; thinking the figure wants to harm him. The figure is revealed to be an 8 year old girl named Nina who means him no harm. Nina realizes that Ferdinand likes flowers when he starts sniffing the flower perched on her left ear. When she allows Ferdinand to smell it and pets him gently while promising to take good care of him, Ferdinand begins to like and trust her. Then, Ferdinand is introduced to the other figures he saw last night before passing out who are revealed to be Nina's florist father, Juan and their pet dog, Paco. Nina takes Ferdinand into a field full of flowers with a cork tree at the top of a hill. Ferdinand begins to enjoy this moment as he sniffs flowers, chases a butterfly and sits next to the tree with joy.

As time goes on, Ferdinand and Nina bond as they spend plenty of time together, which includes watching television, riding through Sunflower fields, comparing their heights, rolling down the hill, dancing, and feeding each other even when Ferdinand has fully matured; much to Juan's joy and Paco's partial jealousy.

Then, one day, when getting ready to go for Flower Festival day in the village, he takes the time to greet Paco, whom he considers like a brother. At first, Ferdinand refuses to listen to Paco concerning the bad news despite his best efforts until Juan reveals the truth to Nina when Nina appears excited about taking him to the festival like every year given the fact that he's not a little calf anymore; much to Ferdinand and Nina's shock. After they leave while taking Paco in his place, Ferdinand sits by his favorite cork tree, confused as to why he can't go to the festival anymore despite his size and age. Ferdinand has a hard time making decisions about whether to go or not; knowing that if he goes, Nina will be happy leaving Juan disappointed for his disobedience but if he stays, Nina will be sad and Juan will be satisfied with his cooperation. To make things fair, Ferdinand makes a bet with himself. If an orange doesn't fall from a tree or a rock still stays in the same position by the time he counts to 3, he will go but to no avail. Finally, he tries to count to 10 before one of the chicken eggs hatches but when he notices it's about to hatch, he cheats by counting really fast and finally, goes to the festival.

Time at the festival

Ferdinand's presence provokes a small twitch of fear in everybody; given his size except for a crying baby girl who takes a sudden liking to him when he starts making faces at her in order to cheer her up. Nevertheless, Ferdinand proceeds to join up with Nina while sniffing flowers in his path. However, when he finds Nina and though she is happy to see him, she reminds him that he shouldn't be here but when Ferdinand backs away while breaking free from a clothesline, he accidentally sits on a bumblebee, which causes him to bellow so loud, run, and charge out of control like a raging, wild bull; nearly hurting everyone while destroying things in his path. Thus, scaring everyone and giving them the assumption that he is a wild, dangerous beast despite Juan's best attempt to convince them that he is actually gentle.

When the cops arrive to handle the situation, Paco tells him to get back to the farm while he holds them off but to no avail. Then, Ferdinand finds himself hiding in a China shop. Despite his best efforts to stay hidden while avoiding breaking stuff, he provokes a large sneeze when the elderly lady owner naively mistakes and uses his tail as a duster against his muzzle while cleaning dishes. This action finally gets him spotted, caught, and then shipped into a truck despite his best efforts to avoid getting in and Nina trying to convince everyone including the authorities that he is a gentle bull. As Ferdinand is driven further away, Nina, with her father and Paco in pursuit, tries to catch up with him but fails, thus, reducing her to tears and leaving her heartbroken.

Back at Casa del Toro

After a long drive, at night, Ferdinand suddenly finds himself back at Casa del Toro, the very same place he was born and ran away from when he was a calf. Ferdinand starts panicking while accidentally getting his horns stuck in the truck hole. Moreno thinks he's a beast "going out of control" and instructs one of his men to bring Lupe, the "calming goat" so as to "calm him down." Ferdinand is introduced to Lupe as she tries in vain to calm him down but to no avail until he breaks himself free and out of the truck and accidentally lands on her, which he apologizes for and helps her up, after which she is surprised by his large size.

Ferdinand tries to explain to Lupe that he needs help escaping the Casa, but she thinks he means he needs help to become a fighting bull and thinks he is simply denying the things that happened to get him sent there. Ferdinand tries to follow her and accidentally breaks down a door, after which he meets Bones, Guapo, and Valiente, who are all grown up now and are joined by Angus, a bull who can't see very well due to his long locks covering his eyes, and Maquina, a silent bull who Lupe says was "created in a lab" and can neither say nor feel anything at all. Then, Ferdinand meets Valiente again, who isn't at all intimidated by Ferdinand's large size as he continues mocking and messing with him, and says that it will make him look better when he beats him to a pulp inside the ring, after which he sarcastically says: "Welcome back, Ferdinand." and walks away in anger, leaving Ferdinand and Lupe stunned.

Meeting the hedgehogs

Afterwards, Lupe excitedly shows Ferdinand the stables he is sleeping in, which is the same one from when he was a calf, and is now extremely small and cramped for him. Lupe tries to befriend Ferdinand by coughing up a flower as a gift, feminine touch, and symbol of their relationship, after which she falls asleep with a bucket that she lives in over her head. Ferdinand tries to sleep despite her loud snoring and is soon woken up by three hedgehogs, Una, Dos, and Cuatro, who attempt to steal their food and the flower before being spotted by Ferdinand; much to their annoyance. He initially thinks they are bugs and is fooled by them into thinking they aren’t doing anything wrong, after which he is hit on the head by Lupe's bucket as she wakes up and gets into an argument with the hedgehogs. After Una pokes Lupe with one of her quills during the argument, the hedgehogs fall off the ledge and into the stables, where they try to attack Ferdinand, thinking he is going to eat them.

Ferdinand stops Lupe from antagonizing them and then explains that he isn’t going to eat them. Realizing Ferdinand is not like the other bulls around here, they decide to start over and introduce themselves. After learning about their supposedly deceased brother, Tres, Ferdinand lets the hedgehogs leave with their food (except the flower, which Lupe demands stays) and gives them a lift up to the window.

After this, Ferdinand tries to sleep again, but is annoyed by Lupe's sleepwalking. He sneaks out of the barn and around to the other side of the building where he tries to cross an electric fence but is electrocuted, after which he meets the snobbish horses: Hans, Klaus, and Greta, who snobbishly tell Ferdinand that he can’t cross the fence or they will alert the humans, after which they go back inside, leaving Ferdinand alone.

El Primero's Arrival

The next morning, Ferdinand is woken up by an excited Lupe informing about El Primero's arrival, who accidentally steps on his tail, which causes him to scream and accidentally kick her into a wall, which he apologizes for afterwards. Ferdinand and the bulls approach to witness his arrival while Lupe explains to a reluctant Ferdinand that El Primero is the greatest bullfighter in all of Spain. Once El Primero arrives at Casa del Toro and when they learn that he has come to select a bull for his final fight, the other bulls except Ferdinand are excited but dismayed when they see that Lupe thinks this is her chance to train and make a fighter out of Ferdinand as his coach.

The Trial for El Primero

A reluctant Ferdinand and the others are seen getting ready to show off their fighting skills and training for El Primero in the ring. After receiving a quick pep talk from Lupe, he is made to come out first by Moreno since he wants him to be the first bull to do so; much to the other bulls' annoyance when Angus calls Ferdinand "the teacher's pet" and Bones points out that "nobody likes the teacher's pet" to Ferdinand. Then, Valiente reveals to Ferdinand that he has been waiting for this day for a long time and states that it's going to get messy out there. When Ferdinand refuses to go out while unintentionally blocking the others' passage, Valiente pokes him on the rear with his horn to force him to get out there.

During the trial, Ferdinand tries to avoid violence despite the other bulls trying to either hit or fight him and Lupe's encouragement. Then, Valiente challenges Ferdinand to a fight until Guapo intervenes. When Ferdinand tries to help Guapo up after passing out; thanks to Valiente messing with his head again, this causes Valiente and the rest of the bulls to foul up, therfore, causing an embarrassment to them and unimpressing El Primero, who decides to leave until Moreno asks him to reconsider, which he does for the next two days before his final fight in Madrid.

Upset for not getting picked by El Primero, Ferdinand is reprimanded by the other bulls for making them look bad even though that was hardly his intention and all he was doing was just trying to help Guapo. When Ferdinand reveals he isn't a fighter, everybody is confused including Lupe; though this is barely a surprise and a bit of a shock to Bones and Valiente since they've known about his pacifism since they were calves as pointed out when Valiente still refers to him as the "same, scared, little coward he always was."

Then, everybody hears Guapo boasting about his "success" back at the trial to them as he is seen boarding a truck; assuming he has been picked by El Primero. But as they watch him leave, they realize that the truck he is boarding on is actually a meat truck that transports bulls to the chop house nearby if they fail to impress the matador and are considered "soft" as pointed out to Ferdinand by Bones when he asks him where they are taking Guapo; much to Bones' horror and shock and a fact which Guapo remains oblivious to for now.

Upset, Bones blames Valiente for this because of messing with Guapo's head during the trial; a fact which Valiente tries to deny while stating that "Guapo was never going to make it to the ring." When Ferdinand asks him if that's the reason why he deserves to go there, Valiente coldy states that things have changed around here ever since he ran away while pointing out that bulls are either considered as fighters or meat now. Then, he leaves after coldly referring to Ferdinand as "meat."

Bonding with Bones

That night, Ferdinand stares out the window of his stables while thinking of Nina (who is also thinking of him) until he hears Bones crying for the loss of his friend but Bones tries to deny his crying to be due to allergies to pollen and that Guapo was more of his competition than his friend when Ferdinand expresses his sorrow for Guapo and mentions the word "friends" to him. But when Bones actually reveals how much he really cared about Guapo, Ferdinand reassures him that it's okay to feel bad about it. When Ferdinand promises Bones to keep this a secret, Bones begins to respect him; telling him that "he's okay" but points out that if he doesn’t want to end up like Guapo, he is going to have to start training seriously; admitting this is the one thing Valiente is right about.

Training and dancing

The next morning, Ferdinand observes the other bulls training in various ways as the hedgehogs, mainly Una point out to Ferdinand that El Primero is watching them while relaxing in the drinking water barrel until Lupe tries yet again to convince him to toughen up. Then, Ferdinand notices Angus charging at a barrel again, the same time a Bunny hops in front of it, which Angus can't see due to his long locks obscuring his vision. To avoid a disastrous collision, Ferdinand runs alongside him, shouting at him to look out before knocking him out of the way and nearly hitting Bunny himself. He manages to avoid him, albeit causing him to pass out while Ferdinand accidentally and temporarily gets his horns stuck in a water tank.

Ferdinand manages to revive the Bunny through cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, who quickly dives back into his hole in anger then angrily tosses a carrot at him despite Ferdinand's apology, which causes Valiente to laugh at him. Later, Ferdinand reveals to Angus that he was responsible for knocking him out of the way when he notices him inadvertently talking to a tractor. Ferdinand tries to make Angus feel better when Angus begins to worry that he could be next just like Guapo. Then, Angus reveals his "terrible secret" to him that he can’t see very well (which he says to a pitchfork that he thinks is Ferdinand). When Angus begins to panic, Ferdinand finally licks his hair up, allowing Angus to see well for the very first time; much to his joy. With his eyesight fully restored, Angus observes the things around him and finally manages to destroy the barrel.

Angus states to Ferdinand that he has given him a fighting chance and asks why would he do such a thing despite their differences, Ferdinand replies that if they don't look out for each other, who will and states that his good act wasn't that big of a deal but in Angus' opinion, it was indeed. After Ferdinand and Angus have a quick bonding moment, Lupe takes Ferdinand aside to tell him another important lesson, which is to stop helping the competition. She tries to explain how bullfighting is like a dance, at which point the three horses: Hans, Klaus, and Greta show up and mock Ferdinand again for not being able to dance. When Lupe stands up to them for Ferdinand, Ferdinand simply proves them wrong by dancing pretty good in front of them; much to Lupe and the hedgehogs' amazement. When all three horses start dancing, Angus joins along in Ferdinand's defense. Then, when the horses insist on proving that they are better dancers than the bulls, Ferdinand and Angus are joined by Bones and finally Maquina while the hedgehogs turn on the music on the radio as they have a dance-off, with Lupe and the hedgehogs dancing as well. They eventually win and mock the horses as Valiente walks up and watches what’s happening.

As Ferdinand and the others celebrate and laugh over their victory on the horses (with Maquina smiling for the very first time), their happiness is cut short when Valiente intervenes to remind them that as they continue doing other things besides training and fighting, they will be sent to the chop house sooner than they think as he still continues boasting about being the one to be selected to fight in the ring tomorrow against El Primero. Ferdinand tries to object and offers to take them with him back to his home on the farm, but then Valiente asks him why they sent him back here in the first place if it was so great out there, but before Ferdinand can answer, Valiente unjustly interrupts him by pointing out that he is a bull no different from the others no matter what he thinks. Unfortunately, Valiente's statement proves efficient enough to convince the others to reluctantly and regrettably resume training.

Then, Ferdinand talks to Lupe about escaping from Casa Del Toro and manages to convince her to go with him the moment he mentions his owner, Nina and the fact that she will love her if she comes with him, but when she points out that escaping from here is very difficult after gladly rejecting her former dream to train Ferdinand to become a champion bull, Ferdinand; remembering how the hedgehogs managed to slip through the horses' pen on the first night they met, decides to enlist their help in exchange for the flower Lupe gave him; much to her annoyance.

Escape from Casa Del Toro

Though reluctant at first, they agree to help when Cuatro is the first and only one to accept the gift in exchange for their help. Using one of her quills, Una unlocks the door that leads straight to Moreno's garage and into his house. Though this means trouble, the hedgehogs point out it's the only way to get out, so, Ferdinand and Lupe agree to go along with it. Despite difficulties like Ferdinand taking Una's statement of "doing exactly what they do" by rolling like a ball literally and both Ferdinand and Lupe accidentally starting up El Primero's car radio after sneaking in through the small garage window, the hedgehogs are able to provide a distraction good enough to fool two of Moreno's employees by dancing until Dos bites one of them on the finger after mistaking them for squirrels.

Later, after resolving Ferdinand's balance problem in the kitchen, Ferdinand and Lupe discover a room full of swords, trophies, and worst of all, horns belonging to past bulls that actually thought they could win a fight against matadors including Ferdinand's father, Raf, which explains why Ferdinand ran away from the Casa the first time when he was a calf; fearing he would suffer the same fate as his father did. Realizing the truth, Lupe sympathizes with him and regrets her former dream as they proceed to the now-opened door. Nevertheless, this revelation makes Ferdinand decide to reveal the truth to the rest of the bulls just when Lupe and the hedgehogs are close to freedom so as not to allow them to suffer the same fate as well.

Ferdinand and Lupe head back to the stables to wake up and inform everybody about the truth. At first, they are skeptical and refuse to leave until the hedgehogs arrive with a pair of bull horns trophy to further intensify Ferdinand's evidence about the bulls' fates in the arena; stating that whether they get selected by the matador or not, they will all die either way. Nevertheless, Valiente, being the stubbornest of all bulls, refuses to believe his story and challenges him to a fight, which results in Valiente losing his right horn and being sent to the chop house and worst of all, Ferdinand getting selected by El Primero, who witnessed the whole thing; much to everyone's shock.

Realizing what getting selected means for Ferdinand, Lupe states that they should get him out of here immediately, but Ferdinand refuses unless everyone comes with him, which everybody gladly agrees to. Nevertheless, when Ferdinand mentions everyone, he also means rescuing Valiente from the chop house despite their differences in the past.

Later, after the hedgehogs trick and trap the horses inside their pen, Ferdinand and the others enter after Maquina chews off and swallows the electric wires of the fence and try to hold the horses off inside their pen so as not to alert the humans while Ferdinand goes out and up to the chop house to rescue Valiente.

After entering the chop house, Ferdinand searches and calls for Valiente until he finds him locked inside a temporary enclosure, waiting to be the next victim of the factory's deadly machinery. Ferdinand frees him and asks him to hurry up because they don't have a lot of time, but Valiente refuses to leave; given his recent state and preferring to accept his fate rather than to run away from it since he thinks it's over for him and still believes in the whole "You're either a fighter or you're meat" thing. Ferdinand tells him it doesn't have to be that way and that he's "more than just a set of horns" while offering him a chance to come back home with him as well but Valiente scoffs at the possible idea of sniffing flowers and paling around with goats. After Ferdinand points out that all this is his thing, he kindly tells Valiente that he can live his own life now unless he gives up. Then, both of them hear a voice in the place, which Ferdinand recognizes as Guapo's; implying that Guapo is still alive. When Ferdinand asks Valiente to come help out, Valiente simply refuses to leave and listen to him any further as he coldly tells him to go away. Disappointed, Ferdinand reluctantly leaves but not before stating that he was wrong about believing that Valiente was more of a fighter than a quitter.

Ferdinand finds Guapo hung up while trying to escape. However, when he tries to help him get down, Ferdinand accidentally and unintentionally activates the security alarm system, which activates the factory's machinery. Ferdinand tries in vain to save Guapo from being crushed to death but to no avail. Luckily, just before Guapo is close to sudden death, Valiente suddenly comes out of nowhere and uses his horn to disable a pole so as to stop the machine just in time from crushing him momentarily; much to Ferdinand and Guapo's surprise. Ferdinand acts surprised by Valiente's sudden change of heart and act of heroism, to which Valiente simply replies: "Thought you could use an extra horn." When Guapo gets dragged away to proceed to further machines that turn bulls into meat in one direction, Ferdinand and Valiente proceed to further rescue Guapo before getting dragged along in the opposite direction.

After all three bulls have been dragged through the mechanism while avoiding some deadly machinery, they finally get themselves iced in the freezer and then sent down and out of the factory and the ice as they roll back down in a cart to and break through the horses' pen.

After rescuing Valiente and Guapo from the chop house and the horses are dealt with for good for now, the hedgehogs take command of the truck transporting the bulls and Lupe and drive further away from Casa del Toro after the humans have been alerted. On the way, they stop the truck to avoid hitting the same Bunny again, which Ferdinand brings on board as well for Angus (later, Maquina) to revive next, and then, continue to drive on with Moreno and his men in pursuit in his car.

During the chase, the hedgehogs accidentally turn left after misunderstanding Lupe's sense of direction until they including Ferdinand and Lupe notice a low bridge on their way and duck to avoid collision while screaming, which somehow destroys the top of the cart carrying the bulls and the Bunny now perching on Maquina's head; making it a close shave for them.

When Moreno and his men get closer and after Una manages to subdue them momentarily, which ends with Una being rescued by Valiente, the humans crash into a haystack pile in a field as Ferdinand and the company drive further away towards Madrid.

Escaping to the train station in Madrid

The gang are stuck in a heavy traffic jam in Madrid until they notice Moreno and his men having caught up to them and decide to go on hoof to the train station that will take them to Ferdinand's home where he grew up in Seville with the hedgehogs riding on Ferdinand while the Bunny rides on Maquina.

Physical Appearance

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Ferdinand’s whole body

Ferdinand is the largest bull around, his hefty built giving him the appearance of a dangerous fighting bull, despite his personality demonstrating otherwise. Sporting shiny, smooth black fur, Ferdinand also has a beige snout and a pair of white horns.

He has blue eyes, surrounded by tan rings, and a small tuft of dark brown fur on the top of his head. His built, composing of a large and muscular chest and smaller rump, makes him seem like the perfect bull fighter.

When he was a calf, Ferdinand was much scrawnier and smaller. He had shorter stubby horns, slight buck teeth and large ears and often wore an excitable or depressed expression. Two short locks of fur stand on top of his head.


Ferdinand, contrary to the beliefs of others in the film, is a pacifist by nature. He enjoys calm and peaceful activities such as sniffing flowers and walking along the streets of Spain. He hates violence, which explains his aversion to bullfighting. He has been seen desperately trying to resuscitate a bunny whom he thought he had killed, which he succeeds at in the end.

He is also known as even-tempered, respectful, dependable, gentle, kind, sweet, independent, adventurous, determined, courteous, soft, and thoughtful.

Ferdinand Having Wrecked the Shop

The remains of the China shop

A truly lovable bull, he exhibits his big heart and love for people, which is often displayed as adorable awkwardness, curiosity and clumsiness. Such can be seen as he peeks from behind some balloons and gazes lovingly at Nina and his constant awe and wonder at everything as he travels around Spain.

This clumsy bull goes to the flower festival in town but after getting stung by a bee, he accidentally destroys part of the town (including a local china shop).


Ferdinand is endowed with great physical strength - being the biggest bull but, he never uses it to hurt someone, only to help others such as to lift a water troth over his head in order to water the flowers.

At various moments, his strength is also used to create a passage, like when Ferdinand goes to rescue Valiente from the slaughterhouse, he pulls the door off its hinges with his horns and opens the metal door as if it were made of paper.

Another clear demonstration of Ferdinand's strength is evident when he moves the cart with a single push so as to connect it to the train heading for Seville, probably in a sudden adrenaline outlet. After that, he turns and blocks the vehicle that Moreno and his men were using to chase them with his horns and obviously, with the help of his physical strength as well.



Who's my good boy? You're my good boy
  —Nina to Ferdinand [src]  

Raised alongside Nina, Ferdinand inevitably has a close bond with her. Ever since the girl was a child, they had been spending plenty of time together despite being a bit scared during their first encounter as a calf. This includes watching television, rolling down the hill, riding through Sunflower fields, comparing their heights, dancing, and feeding each other. Their closeness prevailed even until Ferdinand matured.

Their bond is often exhibited via physical closeness and sentiments for each other. They are virtually inseparable in their childhood and when Ferdinand was captured, both of them yelled out for each other. Nina and Ferdinand both faced sleepless nights thinking about each other, the former staring at The Cork Tree where they used to hang out. While Ferdinand stares at the wall thinking of Nina's bedside.

Ferdinand, overcame with longingness, decides that Nina "needs him" and escaped to see her. They later reunited and greeted each other with a tight embrace. In various promotional material, Nina is seen pressing her head against Ferdinand's with her eyes closed, with her hands on his chin. This showcases their tight bond and trust of each other.


Ferdinand gets along very well with Paco. He refers to him as his "brother", and gives him nicknames like "Pac", "Pac attack", "Pac-man" and "Dawg". One thing Ferdinand can't stand about Paco is his laws of nature speech which annoys him. Paco refers to Ferdinand as being "normal" which Ferdinand declines. However he was clueless on the fact that Paco was jealous of his bond with Nina. On the other hand Ferdinand can tell when Paco is lying whenever he sees Paco's tail wag uncontrollably. He basically ignores Paco when the dog tries to tell him that he can't go to the flower festival anymore, and tries to cheer him up after Juan told him that he couldn't come because he wasn't little anymore.

When Ferdinand accidentally caused chaos during the festival, Paco told him to go back home while he stalled the cops. After Ferdinand is about to be in a bull fight, Paco alerts Juan about this. When Ferdinand comes back home, he tells Paco that he missed him. Whereas Paco claims that he didn't but Ferdinand smiles as he can see Paco's tail wag by telling him this.


Ferdinand gets along very well with Maria, to the point that he tries non-stop to help Maria learn how to fly. He ends up shooting her in the air, but gets worried when she doesn't come down for a long time. Ferdinand calls out to her and panics for Maria. Luckily, Maria lands safely on her home by flapping her wings; much to Ferdinand's relief, and is happy that Maria can somewhat fly.


Ferdinand gets along very well with Jorge, due to the fact that the rooster sleeps on the roof of the house's entrance. Whenever Jorge is asleep, Ferdinand happily wakes him up so the rooster can alert everyone on the farm to wake up with his iconic noise. His chant is referred to by Ferdinand as music to his ears.


Though Juan was the one more than kind enough to take Ferdinand in when he was a lost calf, not much is known about Ferdinand's relationship with Juan, except that Ferdinand was sad that he couldn't go to the flower festival upon reaching adulthood. Even though Ferdinand was clueless why he couldn't go, Juan knew the reason why Ferdinand couldn't come. Because in reality, when someone seees a bull, they get frightened by thinking that Ferdinand would hurt them. Juan's fear was realized when Ferdinand came to the festival and accidentally got stung by a bee, which made him cause chaos and ruin property.

As everyone panics, Juan told them that Ferdinand wouldn't harm them. When Ferdinand was taken away, Juan was sad. Two days later, he found out that Ferdinand was being in a bull fight and went with his daughter to go save him from getting killed. After the fight, Ferdinand was happy to see his adopted family again.


Because he was a calf that was rejected and had no closeness at first with Guapo, Valiente, and Bones, Raf was the only one who really approached Ferdinand as a friend and as his father.

Ferdinand showed concern for his father in relation to him to fight against the matador, but Raf assured him that he would return and so Ferdinand did not sleep waiting for his father to return.

When the truck that took him, returns, he excitedly waits for him, but when he discovers that his father was defeated, saddened, he escapes from there; fearing he might suffer the same fate as well.


Since the time they were calves, Ferdinand and Valiente had no close friendship and Ferdinand was often Valiente's main target for bullying given his pacifist nature and despite bullying others like Guapo and Bones.

Valiente would often call him "flower bull" and threaten to smash his flower in order to challenge him to a fight, which Ferdinand refused and chose to allow to hit him rather than the flower; an act which confused Valiente and the others. Nevertheless, when Valiente's father wasn't picked to fight the matador, he ended up stomping Ferdinand's flower after all.

Later, at night, when he found out that Ferdinand's father didn't return from a fight, Valiente somewhat showed remorse to Ferdinand in his facial expression but then refrained from it when his own father asked him to bull up before Ferdinand decided to run away.

2 years later, after Ferdinand was unfortunately sent back due to an accident and misunderstanding back in his home town involving a bumblebee, though fully matured, Valiente still continued to show animosity of Ferdinand. The next day, Valiente threatened to hurt him during a trial for El Primero before being interrupted by Guapo's interference. After Ferdinand unintentionally caused an embarrassment for everyone when trying to help Guapo up due to fainting, Valiente continued referring to Ferdinand as "the same, scare little coward he always was." Then, when Ferdinand was concerned about Guapo being sent to the chop house, Valiente warned him that things have changed since he ran away and that now, bulls are either fighters or meat while referring to him as meat as he walks away.

The next day, after Ferdinand embarrassed himself when trying to avoid hitting a Bunny and then getting a carrot thrown on his face, Valiente proceeded to mock him even more. Later, after the bulls won a dance-off against some horses, Valiente warned everyone that unless they resume training, they will end up in the chop house as well and refused to listen to Ferdinand's reason as to why they sent him back in the first place.

At night, after Ferdinand found out the truth about the bullfights when trying to escape, Valiente refused to listen to him and challenged him to a fight, which eventually got him to losing his right horn then getting sent to the chop house and Ferdinand selected by El Primero.

Though their relationship was rocky, Ferdinand was still determined to save Valiente but the latter still refused to join him; given his state. Preferring to face his destiny rather than to follow his own as suggested by Ferdinad, he told him to leave him. However, when Guapo, still being alive, was close to sudden death, Valiente suddenly and unexpectedly rushed in to help Ferdinand save him, revealing that he has had a change of heart, which has put him on friendlier terms with Ferdinand and later, everyone else.



Ferdinand is always concerned when the Bunny is around; especially since he doesn't want him to get hurt or killed. Examples are when Angus almost ran him over and when the Bunny almost got hit by a truck while escaping from Casa del Toro. Ferdinand saved the Bunny twice but only gave him CPR once, as Maquina revived him then, making the two friends as the Bunny can be seen sitting on his head later in the film.


At first Ferdinand found Lupe to be annoying and was confused about her thinking he wanted to fight. After spending some time together, though, the two got along and became close friends. Even though Ferdinand didn't want to fight, Lupe gave him advice and was touched when he helped Angus with his seeing problem. When the two slept together on Ferdinand's first night at Casa Del Toro, Ferdinand made sure he didn't hurt Lupe, however he did apologize to her after accidentally smashing her into a wall the next morning.

When the other bulls were fighting, Ferdinand tells her that he is alright because he is not used to violence but Lupe told him to hit something or the other bulls will hit him. After Ferdinand helped Angus with his seeing problem, Lupe also yelled at him to stop helping others. After the bulls won a dance battle against the horses, Ferdinand offers Lupe to come with him back to his home. Lupe refuses, saying their is no other place to go for a goat. When Ferdinand tells Lupe that Nina would love her, she asks him what love is. As Ferdinand looks at her, Lupe sarcastically says she isn't giving up her dream of being a trainer.

However she decides to go with him back home and calls Ferdinand her best bud. She then warns that security is tight at night and that there is no way out. But Ferdinand while smiling tells her that isn't true, and they talk to the three hedgehogs for help escaping.

She is with Ferdinand when he unsuccessfully tries to roll towards the house (due to taking the hedgehogs orders to do what they do literally) and she is shocked upon finding out what really happens to the other bulls. When Ferdinand is chosen to fight in the ring against El Primero after unintentionally beating Valiente in a fight, Lupe is annoyed when Ferdinand decides to not leave as planned, unless everybody comes with him. However she and everyone else does help distract the horses while he goes to save Valiente, who was sent to the chop house.

When everyone tries to use the train to escape at the train station, Lupe is shocked upon seeing Ferdinand risk his life to get captured, and as a result she stays back with him.

Before he goes into the ring, Lupe tells Ferdinand that he has no choice but to fight. However she begs him to do it so he doesn't get killed. Lupe watches Ferdinand's fight and is happy that his life was spared thanks to the audience telling El Primero not kill him. When she and the other bulls move into Ferdinand's home, Lupe is happy upon seeing that Nina loves her.










El Primero


Memorable Quotes

By Ferdinand

I'm not gonna fight you, Valiente.
  —Ferdinand refuse Valiente to fighting [src]  
You can hit me if you want. But leave the flower alone.
  —To Valiente threatening to fight him [src]  
Can I be a champ without fighting, maybe?
  —To his father [src]  
I'm not a fighting bull.
  —To Una [src]  
Nina needs me. I'm getting out of this place. And I'm not leaving anyone behind.
  —To himself [src]  
The tail don't lie, brother.
  —To Paco [src]  

About Ferdinand

Built to Fight. Born to Love
  —Official film tagline [src]  
People think [Ferdinand's] a big fighter because he's a big bull. He's a big guy, but he's really got a heart of gold.
  —Cena, about Ferdinand [2]  


  • In a french Ferdinand Facebook postit is told that Ferdinand weights 1500 kg, 500 kg being muscles and 1000 kg love to give. However, Ferdinand describes himself as a 2000 lb heavy feather at the China Shop in the film.
  • When Valiente asks Guapo "What? What's the problem?" after Guapo notices his missing horn, Ferdinand is nowhere to be found behind him. This is most likely an animation error.
  • Ferdinand is the third Blue Sky Studios animal character to be a protagonist, after Manny from Ice Age, Horton the Elephant from Horton Hears a Who!, and Blu from Rio.
  • His name means protection in German.
  • Ferdinand is named Ferdinand from birth, when he was being raised at Casa Del Toro. He then runs away and is adopted by a new family, but somehow Nina knows his name, yet he was not wearing any identification tags and he clearly couldn't speak to the humans to tell them this.
  • Ferdinand is approximately twenty-two years old in human years.


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  1. Ferdinand's hair took about 3 weeks to perfect! His character all-together? A year and a half! #AskAnArtist. (November 21, 2017). [Twitter.
  2. @FerdinandMovie. Did you see John Cena on Today Show? See the Love-a-BULL classic come to life when #Ferdinand arrives in theaters this Christmas.. Facebook. Retrieved June 5, 2017.

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