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.