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It has been 80 years since au­thor Munro Leaf’s paci­fist pic­ture-book para­ble first be­came a favourite of chil­dren. Sur­pris­ingly, the movies have never given any fea­ture-length love to the beau­ti­ful tale of a Span­ish bull who would rather be ex­plor­ing na­ture than gor­ing mata­dors. En­ter an­i­ma­tion spe­cial­ist Car­los Sal­danha with a vi­brant and en­gag­ing af­fair that doesn’t for­get the time­less mes­sage about ag­gres­sion and bul­ly­ing that Leaf in­tended to im­part. The voice cast is ex­cep­tion­ally strong, with he-man John Cena mak­ing a re­mark­ably fine fit for the shy and re­tir­ing ti­tle role. His chem­istry with comic side­kick Kate McKin­non (as Lupe the goat) is a high­light of the movie.

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