LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Twentieth Century Fox, in partnership with The Gentle Barn and Zevia, have adopted a bull calf and named him “Ferdinand” in honor of the upcoming film FERDINAND, in theaters nation-wide December 15, 2017. Ferdinand has been welcomed with open arms by The Gentle Barn in Santa Clarita, CA., where he will join the family of animal ambassadors who teach children to have kindness and compassion for all living beings. For the first time ever, families and animal lovers everywhere will be able to follow the life of Ferdinand in real-time via ongoing social media posts from 20th Century Fox (https://www.facebook.com/FerdinandMovie/) and The Gentle Barn (https://www.facebook.com/TheGentleBarn/) and can also come visit the California Gentle Barn location to meet him in person.
FERDINAND tells the story of a giant bull with a big heart. After being mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure. Set in Spain, FERDINAND proves you can’t judge a bull by its cover.
From Blue Sky Studios and Carlos Saldanha, the director of RIO, and inspired by the beloved book “The Story of Ferdinand” by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson, FERDINAND is a heartwarming animated comedy adventure with an all-star cast that includes John Cena, Kate McKinnon, Gina Rodriguez, Anthony Anderson and many more.
“The Gentle Barn is a place of healing, where children learn that even though we might look different on the outside, we’re all the same on the inside. The Story of Ferdinand is so important because it represents the universal idea that each one of us deserves a chance to be who we really are,” says Ellie Laks, Founder of The Gentle Barn. “For almost 20 years, The Gentle Barn has been working with animals and children who share similar stories of struggle and perseverance and it feels amazing to be partnering with a major, mainstream studio, who is distributing a movie that inspires so much positive messaging of love, courage and triumph. My hope is that Ferdinand will not only raise awareness, but will bring about great change in the way people think. To point, this project has allowed us to save the life of a young bull who will grow into a symbol of hope for future generations to know.”
“Zevia’s partnership with FERDINAND creates a positive message that families can share with their children, and we are excited to extend it even further through this special adoption with The Gentle Barn. Zevia is creating better products to support the health of families across the country, and just like Ferdinand, we’re proud to be different from the rest of the herd." – Paddy Spence, Zevia CEO
About Twentieth Century Fox Film
One of the world’s largest producers and distributors of motion pictures, Twentieth Century Fox Film produces, acquires and distributes motion pictures throughout the world. These motion pictures are produced or acquired by the following units of Twentieth Century Fox Film: Twentieth Century Fox, Fox 2000 Pictures, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Fox International Productions, Twentieth Century Fox Animation and Fox Family.
About The Gentle Barn | www.gentlebarn.org
The Gentle Barn is a national nonprofit organization, founded in 1999 as a safe haven and place of recovery for severely abused animals. The Gentle Barn offers their unique philosophy of rehabilitating animals and connecting their stories of survival and healing to the personal experiences of inner city, at-risk and special needs children who have suffered physical, mental or emotional trauma. By interacting with The Gentle Barn’s approximate one hundred and fifty animals and taking a hands-on role in their welfare, those who participate in the programs at The Gentle Barn learn empathy, trust and forgiveness. The Gentle Barn is supported by Celebrities such as Ellen Degeneres, Kelly & David Backes, Daisy Fuentes & Richard Marx, Jenna & Channing Tatum, Steve-O, Rikki Rockett of Poison, Pamela Anderson and Hilary Swank.
Zevia is the first beverage brand exclusively focused on offering naturally sweetened, zero calorie beverages, including Soda, Energy, Sparking Water and Mixers lines. With formulas that are certified Non-GMO, Vegan, Kosher, Color-Free and Gluten Free, Zevia is sold at more than 40,000 grocery, natural and specialty food stores in the United States and Canada, including Whole Foods Market, Sprouts Farmers Markets, Safeway, Kroger, Target and Amazon. You can find us at Zevia.com and under @Zevia on Twitter/Instagram/Facebook.
FERDINAND Official Channels
OFFICIAL SITE: FerdinandMovie.com