As you know I really love movies and pop culture in general, so I decided to start a new series on this blog entitled, “Alternate Movie Universe.” It’s a segment on the blog where I take a movie and create an alternate reality for the characters. The plot I describe can be a sequel, a prequel, or a retelling. So without further adieu, here is the Alternate Movie Universe of Ferdinand, the Blue Sky animation studios’ film from 2017.
The movie opens with its title, Ferdinando - Slaughterhouse 6. Ferdinand and his six bull friends from the last film are chilling on Nina and her father Juan’s farm. They live there peacefully until a horrible draught hits. The draught means no more flowers, ergo, no more Juan’s farm. No more Juan’s farm, no more income to feed the insatious appetites of six frickin’ bulls. Juan takes Nina aside to talk to her about the consequences of the draught and what that means for the bulls. Nina, being a young teenager, knows the burden her father is under. She even blames herself for taking in all those bulls. She’s determined to set things right with her father and agrees with him when he says they should start slaughtering the six bulls for meat and, thus for income. The bulls are oblivious to this. Due to their large appetites they wander far from Nina’s house into the valley to get whatever grass is left. While the bulls spend their days in the shadow of the valley, Juan and Nina gather the tools necessary to kill the bulls. Nina is a hardened girl. She’s not the girl who Ferdinand remembers. After he left and didn't’ return, she had to do a lot of farm work to help supplement her father’s earnings. She’s a young capitalist who wants to make the most profit she can out of the little she has.
Ferdinand realizes that Nina’s changed when one day when she goes down by the valley to round up the first victim. Ferdinand sees the cold dead stare in her eyes as she ropes up the Scottish bull who can’t see. Ferdinand secretly follows Nina and the bull to see that he’s headed for the guillotine. Ferdinand blows his cover and starts mooing at them, but Nina ignores him. The Scottish bull realizes what’s happening and starts to frantically struggle, but it’s too late. His head lays fresh in a basket by the chopping block. Juan carries it away, ignoring Ferdinand. Though it was his idea to slaughter the bulls, he starts to regret it, but knows it’s necessary if Nina and he are to survive. Nina starts to de-skin the bull, and Ferdinand starts to go crazy. How could the only kind people in his life betray him? His animal instincts come out and he tears down what’s left of Nina and Juan’s dilapidated dwelling. HOW COULD YOU DO THIS TO ME NINA! He moos. Nina deftly grabs her rifle and aims it at Ferdinand. Her father comes back and tells her not to shoot. She lowers it and Ferdinand is in shock. The other bulls appear wanting to know what all the noise was about. They look from Ferdinand to the Scottish yak’s body laying on the table, to Nina wielding her rifle. They back away slowly and Ferdinand joins.
Later that night, the bulls discuss their fate. They realize for the first time what a mess the farm is in. Ferdinand wants to rebel against the humans, he wants to finally give into his animal instincts. However, the others, realizing that only through personal sacrifice will they be able to repay Nina and Juan’s kindness, are resigned to giving up their lives.
Ferdinand runs away and is bought and sold all the way to Italy where he’s rescued by the Italian bull mafia. To repay his debt, he must become a member, and soon he’s smuggling bull enhancing drugs to the bulls who fight against the matadors. It’s the bull mafia’s goal to rise up against the humans one day after becoming better at killing in the arenas. The bull mafia is secretly preparing an army using bullfighting as a front. As Ferdinand becomes more involved in the mafia, he meets a female cow named Lily. She soon gives birth to Ferdinand’s son, Ferdinando. After this, Ferdinand, like the great Michael Corleone, wants to give up his life of crime. He, Ferdinando, and Lily (who doesn’t know of her partner’s double life as a mafioso), flee to America where they create a new life for themselves in an animal reserve in the south west of the United States.
One day, while Ferdinand is peacefully looking out into the sunset, remembering his own father’s sacrifices, he and Lily are murdered. Ferdinando, just a young calf, is smuggled back to Italy to fight the greatest matador of all. His mission, to kill the matador and start the bull revolution.
There’s an after credit scene which shows Nina alone at her home asleep watching TV. She’s been alone since her father’s death only a few years after Ferdinand’s escape. She’s the CEO of Juan’s Meats, a beef conglomerate in Spain, which also bought Casa Del Toro’s slaughterhouse from the first film. The camera shows artifacts of her wealth and power. These include golden trophies for prized meat, bull horns from the bulls she’s killed, and photos with her aging father as her company grew bigger and bigger. Then the movie fades to black as an announcement for the greatest bull fight of all time plays on TV in the background.
23 year old English major and ESL Teacher. Currently living in Fortaleza, Brazil. Feminist and kill joy with a cause.