the one and only ivan

Danny DeVito and Phillipa Soo Talk The One and Only Ivan

By Courtney Potter

Directed by Thea Sharrock, Disney’s The One and Only Ivan tells the story of a gentle, artistically inclined 400-pound silverback gorilla (voice of Sam Rockwell) who begins to wonder what life is really like outside the suburban shopping mall habitat—and struggling circus attraction—he calls home. Ivan’s not alone, however; among his…

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Beyond the Big Top with The One and Only Ivan’s Director Thea Sharrock

By Courtney Potter

Readers of Katherine Applegate’s Newbery Medal-winning book The One and Only Ivan already know it to be a heartwarming tale of friendship, hope, and the place one’s heart calls home. And now, thanks to Disney’s brand-new film—told through an incredible hybrid of live-action and CGI—audiences all over will learn about a very special…

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the one and only ivan

Meet the Wild Characters of The One and Only Ivan

By the D23 Team

IVAN (Sam Rockwell)
The 400-pound silverback gorilla may live in a shopping mall circus attraction, but his dreams expand much further than the mall. After meeting a new baby elephant, Ivan reassesses his life and explores a new route of self-expression. Rockwell reflects on Ivan’s character, “There are a few elements to Ivan that make him…

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7 Singular Stories from The One and Only Ivan’s Cast and Filmmakers

By Courtney Potter

The One and Only Ivan, a 2013 Newbery Medal-winning book by acclaimed author Katherine Applegate, is an unforgettable tale about the beauty of friendship, the power of visualization, and the significance of the place one calls home. And now, that tale is coming to life on Disney+!

Directed by Thea Sharrock, the film follows Ivan (voice of Sam…

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5 Fantastic Things to Watch This Week

By Zach Johnson

This week has a little of everything for Disney fans, from anthropomorphic animals to a time-traveling ballerina! Nat Geo WILD brings us more SHARKFEST content, while Disney Channel delivers another laugh-out-loud episode of Sydney to the Max. In addition to adding the live-action Beauty and the Beauty film to its library, Disney+ is debuting the…

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the one and only ivan

First Look at Disney+’s The One and Only Ivan—Plus More in News Briefs

By Courtney Potter

The One and Only Ivan: Coming to Disney+ Next Month

Mark those calendars—there’s another sure-to-be-delightful, brand-new film coming to Disney+ in just a few weeks’ time! Based on the award-winning book by Katherine Applegate, The One and Only Ivan is an unforgettable tale about the beauty of friendship, the power of visualization,…

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The One and Only Ivan to Premiere Exclusively on Disney+

By Zach Johnson

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+ on August 21, 2020.

The film, which was previously scheduled to be released theatrically by The Walt…

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14 Disney Movies Based on Our Favorite Books

By Jocelyn Buhlman

Reading a good book is a thrilling adventure that can sometimes go by too quickly. Have you ever finished a really good book and wished you could live in the world of the story for longer? Well, some of our favorite Disney films give you the chance to do just that! Film adaptations of beloved books let us explore the worlds of our favorite…

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