I'm not the biggest animated movie fan, but - actually, I have a caveat on this one: My friend Tim was one of the writers! So obviously I am thrilled for him and would like his movie to win and probably would have seen this regardless. BUT ANYWAY, I was about to say that I don't see a lot of animated movies and don't necessarily expect them to be my thing. But Ferdinand was a pleasant surprise! I was afraid it would gloss over the horrors of bullfighting but it did not, to the point that it was actually pretty stressful to watch, and the "be yourself" message wasn't too heavy-handed. The writing was clever and funny, I liked the art, and the voice cast was great.
Availability: Still in a few theaters, but go soon if you want to catch it!
Animated Feature Film: Sure! It was very well-executed, and had a great blend of fun animal hijinks with a compelling story and genuinely moving themes.
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