Ferdinand appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. While attractive, this wasn’t one of the best-looking animated Blu-rays I’ve seen.
Sharpness could be a minor distraction. Though most of the movie displayed solid clarity, a few shots seemed a smidgen soft. These were mild instances, but parts of the image lacked the tightness I expect from Blu-ray.
At least no issues with jaggies or shimmering occurred, and edge haloes were absent. Of course, the image lacked any print flaws; it remained clean at all times.
Colors became a strong element. The movie went with a somewhat pastel palette, and it displayed consistently vivid hues within its chosen range.
Blacks were dense and tight, and shadows were usually fine, though a few low-light shots seemed a bit dark. Overall, this was a good enough presentation for a “B+”, but that meant the presentation disappointed compared to the usual “A”-level computer animated effort.
As for the movie’s DTS-HD MA 7.1 soundtrack, it opened up the film in a satisfying manner. Though the mix didn’t give us wall-to-wall theatrics, it managed to use the spectrum well.
As expected, the film’s occasional action sequences boasted nice breadth and activity, and the bullfight-related elements created a fine sense of involvement. While the soundscape didn’t stun us on a frequent basis, it provided more than enough to succeed.
Audio quality seemed consistently solid. Speech appeared natural and distinctive; no edginess or other issues marred the dialogue.
Music sounded warm and full, while effects showed good clarity and accuracy. When necessary, bass response came across as deep and tight. All of this lifted the track to “B+” status.
A bunch of extras appear here, and we launch with Ferdinand’s Guide to Healthy Living. It runs three minutes, nine seconds and features comments from actor John Cena. As implied by the title, the show gives us tips how to maintain physical and emotional health. It’s essentially a PSA meant for kids.
With A Goat’s Guide to Life, we find a three-minute, eight-second piece with “Lupe”. This gives us 10 social tips from the movie’s goat character. It’s another PSA-style short that shoots for a more comedic feel than “Living”, but at least Kate McKinnon does the voice herself, not some impersonator.
During the three-minute, 45-secind Ferdinand’s Team Supreme, we get notes about the movie’s supporting roles. Cena and McKinnon reprise their roles in this mildly entertaining view of the secondary characters.
A view of the film’s locations comes via Spain Through Ferdinand’s Eyes. It spans one minute, 50 second and provides basics about Spain. Again, the presence of Cena as narrator adds class, but “Eyes” is way too short and superficial to offer much.
Another in-character short, Confessions of a Bull-Loving Horse goes for three minutes, 22 seconds and offers Flula Borg as “Hans”. Expect another moderately amusing but essentially forgettable reel.
An actual look at the production, the five-minute, 49-second Creating the Land of Ferdinand includes notes from Cena, director Carlos Saldanha, production designer Thomas Cardone, set designer Tom Humber, producer Bruce Anderson, lighting supervisor Jeeyun Sung Chisholm,
As expected, “Creating” views design issues and the movie’s version of Spain. It’s short but reasonably informative.
Next comes Anatomy of a Scene, a four-minute, three-second featurette with Saldanha, Anderson, producer Lori Forte and head of story Warren Leonhardt, “Anatomy” offers details of the “running of the bulls” sequence. Like “Creating”, it becomes a decent little overview.
A tutorial called Learn to Dance with Ferdinand fills seven minutes, 46 seconds and features Saldanha, choreographers Rich and Tone Talauega, This mixes insights about the movie’s choreography along with a lesson on how to dance like the characters. It works better than I expected.
Garden educator Lisa Ely leads us through Ferdinand’s Do-It-Yourself Flower Garden. In the six-minute, 49-second clip, Ely teaches us how to create our own gardens. Kids might enjoy it.
After this we find a Music Video for “Home” by Nick Jonas. The video offers a simple mix of movie clips and lip-synch performance footage. Neither the song nor the video do much for me.
For a look behind the scenes of “Home”, we go to Creating a Remarka-Bull Song. It fills three minutes, 51 seconds and features Saldanha and Jonas. We find some bland notes about “Home”.
The Art of Ferdinand breaks into four areas: “Concept Paintings” (12 frames), “Character Designs” (16), “Locations” (9) and “Stills” (6). Though brief, the galleries offer some good images.
The disc opens with ads for The Greatest Showman, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul and the Ice Age franchise. We also find the trailer for Ferdinand.
A second disc offers a DVD copy of Ferdinand. It includes the same extras as the Blu-ray.
With a sweet, pro-social message at its core and a talented cast, Ferdinand boasts occasional glimmers of charm. However, the movie's story remains too thin and it runs far too long for it to entertain on a consistent basis. The Blu-ray offers very good picture and audio as well as a long but often forgettable set of supplements. I like parts of Ferdinand but feels it grows stale well before it finally concludes.