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(Blue Sky Stu­dios | 20th Cen­tury Fox) Di­rec­tor: Car­los Sal­danha Re­lease Date: De­cem­ber 15, 2017 Syn­op­sis: After be­ing mis­taken for a dan­ger­ous fight­ing bull, a peace-lov­ing, flower-sniff­ing El Toro is taken away from his fam­ily to fight in the bull­ring. With help from a band of mis­fit friends, he strives to re­turn home. The Word: Un­pre­viewed; the film is based upon the 1936 chil­dren’s book The Story of Fer­di­nand by Munro Leaf, which also in­spired the 1938 Dis­ney car­toon Fer­di­nand the Bull. The Blue Sky fea­ture show­cases bright Span­ish back­grounds, a lively and eclec­tic voice cast, and de­liv­ers a pow­er­ful plea for in­clu­sive­ness and against ha­tred. Nom­i­na­tion Chances: Blue Sky di­rec­tor Car­los Sal­danha is very well-re­spected thanks to his Ice Age and Rio fran­chise pedi­gree. The pro-diver­sity and an­ti­hate mes­sage of the film may res­onate with au­di­ences who are weary of the cur­rent po­lit­i­cal climate.

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