The Walt Disney Studios has announced that their upcoming feature film, “The One and Only Ivan,” will premiere exclusively on Disney+ on Aug. 21, 2020.
The film, which was previously scheduled for theatrical release, is based on the bestselling, award-winning book about a very special gorilla by Katherine Applegate. The movie will be a blend of live-action and CGI, and is directed by 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,” said Sharrock. “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.
In “The One and Only Ivan,” 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.
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