199 Movie Analysis of Ferdinand: Toxic Masculinity is a Load of BULL! (hehe, get it?!)

This week we talk about Ferdinand, the adorable animated film by Blue Sky Studios that is based on the children’s book The Story of Ferdinand.

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Don’t be a BULLy, be yourself! We dissect Ferdinand, the sweet story of a bull who doesn’t want to fight. We were impressed by the way the film seeks to dismantle toxic masculinity messages that children receive from the world and, sadly, often their parents. A heartwarming film with a great message.

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    • We have seen it! We watched it a while ago and really enjoyed it. It’s been too long to remember the particulars but we were impressed with it. What did you think about it? – N.

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