‘Ferdinand’ is a hilarious, heartfelt film that should entertain the whole family

By MARK VIOLA

Don’t judge a book by its cover. It’s a trite saying, but one with a good message all the same, even if it is one we tend to struggle with in this world.

It’s also the central message behind the new animated film “Ferdinand” from Blue Sky Studios, which gave us the “Ice Age” franchise. The story is based on the 1936 children’s book, “The Story of Ferdinand,” by Munro Leaf and illustrator Robert Lawson, about a bull who would rather smell the flowers than fight like other bulls.

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