Somewhat of a bummer, but perhaps a blessing in disguise. Families who fell in love with the book The One and Only Ivan won’t be able to watch the movie adaptation on the big screen as originally planned. Instead, Disney has decided to debut the sure-to-be family classic for all-ages on their streaming app Disney+ instead.
Walt Disney Studio’s heartwarming adventure The One and Only Ivan, based on the bestselling book, will premiere exclusively on Disney+ this summer. Disney has announced an August 21, 2020 release date for all Disney+ subscribers. This is the unforgettable tale about one very special gorilla. Directed by Thea Sharrock, the movie features the voices of Sam Rockwell, Angelina Jolie, Danny DeVito, Helen Mirren and Stars Bryan Cranston. Disney says this in their official press release.
“The Walt Disney Studios announced today that the heartwarming adventure The One and Only Ivan an adaptation of the bestselling, award-winning book about one very special gorilla directed by Thea Sharrock, will premiere exclusively on Disney+ August 21, 2020. The film, which was previously scheduled to be released theatrically by The Walt Disney Studios, is an unforgettable tale about the beauty of friendship, the power of visualization and the significance of the place one calls home.”
Ivan is a 400-pound silverback gorilla who shares a communal habitat in a suburban shopping mall with Stella the elephant and Bob the dog. He has few memories of the jungle where he was captured, but when a baby elephant named Ruby arrives, it touches something deep within him. Ruby is recently separated from her family in the wild, which causes him to question his life, where he comes from and where he ultimately wants to be.
The One and Only Ivan, which comes to the screen in an impressive hybrid of live-action and CGI, is based on Katherine Applegate’s book, which won numerous awards upon its publication in 2013, including the Newbery Medal. Said Thea Sharrock.
“The world has changed in a heartbeat. People all over the globe have shared important, life changing experiences in ways we have not seen for a century. In response to this, I am so happy that we can share Katherine Applegate’s delightful and original story, The One and Only Ivan with the world this August on Disney+, bringing some joy through this unique movie of true friendship, inspired by a true story.”
The film features the voices of: Sam Rockwell as the gorilla Ivan; Angelina Jolie as Stella the elephant; Danny DeVito as Bob the dog; Helen Mirren as Snickers the poodle; Chaka Khan as Henrietta the chicken; Mike White as Frankie the seal; Brooklynn Prince as Ruby the baby elephant; Ron Funches as Murphy the rabbit; Phillipa Soo as Thelma the parrot; and stars Ramon Rodriguez, Ariana Greenblatt and Bryan Cranston.
The One and Only Ivan is directed by Thea Sharrock from a screenplay by Mike White based on Applegate’s novel and is produced by the late Allison Shearmur, p.g.a., Angelina Jolie and Brigham Taylor, p.g.a. Sue Baden-Powell and Thea Sharrock serve as executive producers.