As part of a long-standing partnership with the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit Horton’s Kids, 21CF held a special advance screening of “Ferdinand” last week for the organization’s children and their mentors. Horton’s Kids is a local organization focused on empowering children from under-resourced communities by providing them with resources to enable their completion of high school.
“This was an incredibly special evening for the children of Horton’s Kids,” said Robin Berkley, Executive Director of Horton’s Kids. “It’s not every day that any of us gets to see an advance showing of a movie, but for the kids to see the wonderful story of Ferdinand with their tutors in a private theater was truly a magical experience… We are deeply grateful to 21st Century Fox for your generous partnership with Horton’s Kids for the last 15 years.”
“Ferdinand” (in theaters Friday, Dec. 15) 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. The animated comedy adventure, produced by 20th Century Fox Animation and Blue Sky Studios, is directed by Carlos Saldanha (“Rio”) and inspired by the beloved book “The Story of Ferdinand” by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson.
The animated film features an all-star cast including John Cena, Kate McKinnon, Gina Rodriguez, Anthony Anderson and many others.
“John Cena is a huge favorite in the Horton’s Kids’ neighborhood, and ‘Ferdinand’ has only made him more popular,” Robin added. “They loved and identified with the story of a misunderstood character, and during the bus ride home, groups of kids sang the theme song ‘Home’ all the way there.”