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  • Ferdinand finding a home with Nina and her father. Their scenes of growing up together are so sickeningly sweet and heartwarming.
  • Ferdinand comforting Bones after Guapo is sent to the chop house. Bones at first insists that he just has allergies, and really isn't sad over Guapo's fate since he was competition, but almost immediately admits his true feelings. Ferdinand tells him that it's okay to express his grief and promises to keep this all a secret. And...
    Ferdinand: But if you ever want to talk about, I dunno, allergies...I'm around
    Bones: (touched) Thanks Ferdinand, you're ok.
    • Bones then advises Ferd to try to train for fighting, more out of concern because he doesn't want Ferdinand to suffer the same fate as Guapo.
  • Just before the bulls break out, the horses are standing in their pasture, sulking and looking guilty. Then all three apologize for insulting each other during the dance-off, and they have a Group Hug (well, group nuzzle). It's Played for Laughs, but it still comes off as sincere, and shows that the horses really do care about each other.
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  • At the end of the bullfight, the other bulls burst into the arena to rescue Ferdinand, who they still believe is in danger. Luckily, they don't have to.
  • The refreshingly gentle ending, which has surprisingly minimal dialogue. With friends in tow, Ferdinand returns home to spend the rest of his days sitting under his favorite cork tree, smelling the flowers just quietly.
  • However brief a screentime Raf, Ferdinand's father, had, he showed that he genuinely loved Ferdinand and even understood his hardships and desires enough to empathize with him. Their conversation felt touching, even though Raf felt it's a stretch for a bull to live a life other than a battle for glory in the arena.

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