The One and Only Ivan

Last Updated on: May 11th, 2024

The One and Only Ivan movie disney

Disney’s “The One and Only Ivan” is a live-action/CGI film released in 2020. It is based on the children’s novel of the same name by Katherine Applegate and inspired by a true story. The film features a star-studded cast, including Bryan Cranston, Sam Rockwell, Angelina Jolie, and Danny DeVito.

The story revolves around a silverback gorilla named Ivan, who lives in a circus-themed shopping mall with other animals, including an elephant named Stella and a stray dog named Bob. Ivan is content with his life, but when he meets a baby elephant named Ruby, he starts to question his own existence and longs for a life beyond captivity.

As Ivan bonds with Ruby and reflects on his past, he realizes the importance of freedom and family. With the help of a compassionate janitor, Ivan hatches a plan to escape from captivity and find a better life for himself and his new friend.

“The One and Only Ivan” explores themes of friendship, identity, and the ethical treatment of animals. It delivers a heartwarming and emotional story that resonates with audiences of all ages. The film combines stunning CGI animation to bring the animals to life, while also touching on important messages about the responsibility humans have towards the well-being of animals in captivity.

Overall, “The One and Only Ivan” is a touching and thought-provoking film that captures the spirit of hope and the power of friendship in the face of adversity. It reminds us of the importance of treating all living creatures with respect and compassion.

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  • Year Released: 2020
  • Type of Movie: Live-Action
  • Movie Platform: Disney+
  • Awards: Nominated for an Academy Award


  • Ivan: Sam Rockwell
  • Stella: Angelina Jolie
  • Mack: Bryan Cranston
  • Bob: Danny DeVito
  • Snickers: Helen Mirren
  • Henrietta: Chaka Khan
  • Frankie: Mike White
  • Ruby: Bropklynn Prince
  • Murphy: Ron Funches
  • Thelma: Phillipa Soo


  • Director: Thea Sharrock
  • Screenplay: Mike White
  • Producers: Angelina Jolie and Brigham Taylor

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