The One and Only Ivan Movie

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Who's Involved:

Sam Rockwell, Angelina Jolie, Allison Shearmur, Bryan Cranston, Brigham Taylor, Phillipa Soo, Danny DeVito, Mike White, Ramon Rodriguez, Thea Sharrock, Brooklynn Prince, Ron Funches, Ariana Greenblatt, Bryan Oh, Chaka Khan, Stephen Meinen, Helen Mirren (voice), Eleanor Matsuura

Release Date:

Friday, August 21, 2020 (Disney+)

Rating: PG

Runtime: N/A

Plot: What's the story about?

Ivan is a 400-pound silverback gorilla who shares a communal habitat in a suburban shopping mall with Stella the elephant, Bob the dog, and various other animals. 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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Cast: Who stars in it?

Crew: Who's making The One and Only Ivan

A look at the The One and Only Ivan behind-the-scenes crew and production team. The film's director Thea Sharrock last directed Me Before You and The Selection. The film's writer Mike White last wrote Pitch Perfect 3 and Brad's Status.


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Angelina Jolie
Allison Shearmur
Brigham Taylor

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Production: What we know about The One and Only Ivan

Key Facts

  1. Will be a hybrid of live-action and CGI.
  2. Disney pushed the film from theatrical to its streaming platform Disney+ for an August 21st release (6/14/2020).
  3. Ramon Rodriguez will play an assistant who works for the mall’s owner (Cranston) and who is also the father of a young girl (Greenblatt) who befriends the silverback (Hollywood Reporter, 3/13/18).
  4. Allison Shearmur, who recently died, will retain a producer credit on the movie (Hollywood Reporter, 3/1/18).
  5. Bryan Cranston will play the desperate owner of a failing circus (Hollywood Reporter, 3/1/18).
  6. Based on the Newbery Medal-winning book written by Katherine Applegate and illustrated by Patricia Castelao.

Filming Timeline

On or about May 27, 2020, the film was in Completed status.

On or about March 22, 2019, the film was in Post-Production status.

On or about March 6, 2018, the film was in Pre-Production status.

On or about March 24, 2017, the film was in Development status.

Thea Sharrock, director of Me Before You, is in early talks to direct.

On or about May 7, 2016, the film was in Development status.

Mike Newell on board to direct the film. Disney picked up the rights to the book in 2014.

On or about April 10, 2014, the film was in Announced status.

The One and Only Ivan Release Date: When was it released?

The One and Only Ivan was released in 2020 on Friday, August 21, 2020 (Disney+ release). There were 15 other movies released on the same date, including Unhinged, The Vanished and Inception.

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Questions: Asked About The One and Only Ivan

Apr. 25, 2020
Is the movie animated or live action?
Apr. 25, 2020 Disney's The One and Only Ivan is a live-action and computer-generated (CG) hybrid film. Ivan, a CG gorilla, is voiced by Sam Rockwell while Bryan Cranston plays a live-action role as Mack, owner of the Big Top Mall.
Apr. 1, 2015
How did Ivan get his name in the jungle?
Apr. 10, 2020
How does Ivan feel about Julia?
Apr. 10, 2020
What is the most likely reason why Stella says she is not hoping the new animal is an elephant?
Jun. 5, 2020
Why did the people take Ivan?

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