Disney has shifted its upcoming CGI gorilla movie The One and Only Ivan from theatrical release to Disney+, confirming an August 21 streaming debut for the feature.
An adaptation of the bestseller by Katherine Applegate, it’s directed by Thea Sharrock, and stars Bryan Cranston, Ramon Rodriguez and Ariana Greenblatt. The voice cast comprises Sam Rockwell as gorilla Ivan, Angelina Jolie as Stella the elephant; Danny DeVito as Bob the dog and Helen Mirren as Snickers the poodle.
In what promises to be an intriguing hybrid of live-action and CGI, the yarn tells the story of 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, something stirs deep within him.
“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,” comments Thea 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.”
This is the second cinema release to be diverted to the streaming service, following Artemis Fowl, more of which you can read about here.