Fox Animation Studios has recently acquired the rights to the classic 1936 childrens book The Story of Ferdinand. Written by Munro Leaf, the book tells the story of a pacifist bull and his mellow-going life. Vulture reports that Carlos Saldanha, the director behind all three Ice Age films and the upcoming Rio will helm the project.
Ferdinand is one of the best selling childrens books of all time, making a recent appearance in The Blind Side as a book that Sandra Bullock’s character was seen reading to her kids. Disney previously adapted the book into a short film back in 1938. Hit the jump to read a synopsis.
What else can be said about the fabulous Ferdinand? Published more than 50 years ago (and one of the bestselling children’s books of all time), this simple story of peace and contentment has withstood the test of many generations. Ferdinand is a little bull who much prefers sitting quietly under a cork tree– just smelling the flowers–to jumping around, snorting, and butting heads with other bulls. This cow is no coward–he simply has his pacifist priorities clear. As Ferdinand grows big and strong, his temperament remains mellow, until the day he meets with the wrong end of a bee. In a show of bovine irony, the one day Ferdinand is most definitely not sitting quietly under the cork tree (due to a frightful sting), is the selfsame day that five men come to choose the “biggest, fastest, roughest bull” for the bullfights in Madrid [Amazon].