Blue Sky Studios, the company behind Ice Age and Rio, is returning with a new fish-out-of-water, talking-animal tale. Featuring Trainwreck‘s wrestler-actor John Cena as the titular steer, Ferdinand is based on the classic children’s storybook — first published in 1936 — that tells the story of a gentle bull who “would rather sit in the shade of his favorite cork tree and smell the flowers,” according to the book’s back cover.
Helping Cena to update the story and sharpen the humor for today’s audiences is SNL’s Kate McKinnon voicing a loopy sidekick named Lupe, along with Gina Rodriguez, Gabriel Iglesias, Bobby Cannavale, David Tennant, and Anthony Anderson in supporting roles.
The trailer takes the trope of this gentle beast to its logical conclusion, as we watch the lumbering, intimidating Ferdinand suddenly find himself in the most inconvenient of places for a bull – a china shop. Always well-meaning and “a little bit more complex” than the average bull, Ferdinand is mistaken for a far more dangerous beast and whisked away from home. Set in Spain, the story is one of redemption, not judging a book by its cover, and the value of returning home.
Ferdinand hits theaters this holiday season, on Dec. 15, 2017.