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* CanonIllustrations: Munro Leaf wrote the story as a vehicle to show off the illustrations of his friend Robert Lawson. The book has been printed only with Lawson's drawings ever since.

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* GrowsOnTrees: The illustrations show a cork tree growing corks like acorns. In RealLife cork is the bark of the cork tree.

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* DeliberatelyMonochrome: The book was accompanied by finely detailed pen-and-ink illustrations, in contrast to most children's books, which are usually colorful.


Adapted as a cartoon in 1938 by Creator/WaltDisney as the ''WesternAnimation/SillySymphonies'' cartoon ''Ferdinand the Bull''. A CGI feature adaptation starring Wrestling/JohnCena called ''WesternAnimation/{{Ferdinand}}'' made by Creator/BlueSkyStudios was released in 2017.

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Adapted as a cartoon in 1938 by Creator/WaltDisney as the ''WesternAnimation/SillySymphonies'' cartoon ''Ferdinand the Bull''.''WesternAnimation/FerdinandTheBull''. A CGI feature adaptation starring Wrestling/JohnCena called ''WesternAnimation/{{Ferdinand}}'' made by Creator/BlueSkyStudios was released in 2017.



* BerserkButton: A mild one for Ferdinand's mother in the Disney adaptation, who frowns at the narrator for calling her a cow.
* BlowingARaspberry: A blink-and-you'll-miss-it part in the Disney adaptation. When the crowd shows dismay and anger at Ferdinand for smelling the flowers, one of the horses can be seen sticking his tongue out at him. The matador also blows a raspberry at Ferdinand when trying to taunt him to fight.



* CreatorCameo: In the Disney adaptation, Creator/WaltDisney himself provides the "speaking" voice of Ferdinand's mother, and animator [[Creator/DisneysNineOldMen Milt Kahl]] voices Ferdinand as a calf.
* EasterEgg: In the Disney adaptation, one of the spectators entering the bullring is [[Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs Snow White]].


* ALoadOfBull: Bulls are sapient and want to participate in the bullfight for glory, except for the gentle Ferdinand.


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* BrutishBulls: Humorously and deliberately inverted: Ferdinand fits the usual physical stereotypes of the aggressive and violent fighting bull to a T -- he's huge, strong and black as pitch -- but he's a gentle and pacifist soul, and would only like to keep smelling the flowers.


* ALoadOfBull
* BeastlyBloodsports: Bullfighting.

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* ALoadOfBull
ALoadOfBull: Bulls are sapient and want to participate in the bullfight for glory, except for the gentle Ferdinand.
* BeastlyBloodsports: Bullfighting.Bullfighting is central to the story.



* GentleGiant: Ferdinand.

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* GentleGiant: Ferdinand.Ferdinand, who is an enormous bull who hates to fight and would rather smell the flowers.

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* CentralTheme: Never judge a ''bull'' by its cover.


Adapted as a cartoon in 1938 by Creator/WaltDisney as the ''WesternAnimation/SillySymphonies'' cartoon ''Ferdinand the Bull''. A CGI feature starring Wrestling/JohnCena called ''WesternAnimation/{{Ferdinand}}'' is currently in the works as Creator/BlueSkyStudios.

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Adapted as a cartoon in 1938 by Creator/WaltDisney as the ''WesternAnimation/SillySymphonies'' cartoon ''Ferdinand the Bull''. A CGI feature adaptation starring Wrestling/JohnCena called ''WesternAnimation/{{Ferdinand}}'' is currently made by Creator/BlueSkyStudios was released in the works as Creator/BlueSkyStudios.2017.


In a pasture in sunny southern Spain, while all the other young bulls are constantly play-fighting and butting heads with each other, a young bull named Ferdinand would rather sit down and smell flowers all day. When he grew up, although he becomes very strong and powerful, he would still rather sit and smell flowers all day.

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In a pasture in sunny southern Spain, while all the other young bulls are constantly play-fighting and butting heads with each other, a young bull named Ferdinand would rather sit down and smell flowers all day. When he grew grows up, although he becomes very strong and powerful, he would still rather sit and smell flowers all day.


In a pasture in sunny southern Spain, while all the other young bulls are constantly play-fighting and butting heads with each other, a young bull named Ferdinand would rather sit down and smell flowers all day. When he grew up, although he became very strong and powerful, he would still rather sit and smell flowers all day.

One day, several men came along looking for bulls for the bullring in Madrid. At that very moment, Ferdinand sat on a flower being visited by a foraging bee, which immediately stings him, causing him to go off on a wild rampage of destruction, which leaves an impression on the scouts, who take him away to the Great Bullring in Madrid.

Once there, it seems that everyone in Madrid came to watch the fight between Ferdinand and the matador. Once in the ring Ferdinand finally shows up and everyone acts scared of him, someone in the audience throws down a bouquet of flowers, and he comes charging out everybody runs from him, including the matador, but he stops in the middle of the ring to smell the flowers and nothing the madator could do would provoke Ferdinand into fighting him. He became so furious that he even pulled his hair out. Eventually they had to take Ferdinand back to where he lived, and he could continue to just sit there and smell the flowers.

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In a pasture in sunny southern Spain, while all the other young bulls are constantly play-fighting and butting heads with each other, a young bull named Ferdinand would rather sit down and smell flowers all day. When he grew up, although he became becomes very strong and powerful, he would still rather sit and smell flowers all day.

One day, several men came come along looking for bulls for the bullring in Madrid. At that very moment, Ferdinand sat sits on a flower being visited by a foraging bee, which immediately stings him, causing him to go off on a wild rampage of destruction, which leaves an impression on the scouts, who take him away to the Great Bullring in Madrid.

Once there, it seems that everyone in Madrid came to watch the fight between Ferdinand and the matador. Once in the ring Ferdinand finally shows up and in the ring everyone acts scared of him, someone him. Someone in the audience throws down a bouquet of flowers, and when he comes charging out everybody runs from him, including the matador, but he stops in the middle of the ring to smell the flowers and nothing flowers. Nothing the madator could do would provoke matador does provokes Ferdinand into fighting him. He became so furious that he even pulled his hair out. Eventually they had to take Ferdinand is taken back to the pasture, where he lived, lives happily sitting and he could continue to just sit there and smell smelling the flowers.


Adapted as a cartoon in 1938 by Creator/WaltDisney as the ''WesternAnimation/SillySymphonies'' cartoon ''Ferdinand the Bull''. A CGI feature starring Wrestling/JohnCena is currently in the works as Creator/BlueSkyStudios.

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Adapted as a cartoon in 1938 by Creator/WaltDisney as the ''WesternAnimation/SillySymphonies'' cartoon ''Ferdinand the Bull''. A CGI feature starring Wrestling/JohnCena called ''WesternAnimation/{{Ferdinand}}'' is currently in the works as Creator/BlueSkyStudios.


Adapted as a cartoon in 1938 by Creator/WaltDisney as the ''WesternAnimation/SillySymphonies'' cartoon ''Ferdinand the Bull''. A CGI feature is currently in the works as Creator/BlueSkyStudios.

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Adapted as a cartoon in 1938 by Creator/WaltDisney as the ''WesternAnimation/SillySymphonies'' cartoon ''Ferdinand the Bull''. A CGI feature starring Wrestling/JohnCena is currently in the works as Creator/BlueSkyStudios.


Adapted as a cartoon in 1938 by Creator/WaltDisney as ''Ferdinand the Bull'', in a manner similar to the ''WesternAnimation/SillySymphonies'' cartoons.

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Adapted as a cartoon in 1938 by Creator/WaltDisney as ''Ferdinand the Bull'', in a manner similar to the ''WesternAnimation/SillySymphonies'' cartoons.cartoon ''Ferdinand the Bull''. A CGI feature is currently in the works as Creator/BlueSkyStudios.


* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: The ChristmasSpecial ''From All of Us to All of You'' (including ''Ferdinand'') is aired every Christmas Eve in Sweden since 1960, with ratings only rivalled by major sport events. When ''Ferdinand'' was pulled for one year, public outcry forced the channel to restore the film for the next year.

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