Disney+ has released the first trailer for the upcoming film The One and Only Ivan. Based on the award-winning book, the movie follows Ivan (voiced by Sam Rockwell), a 400-pound silverback gorilla who starts to question where he comes from and the family he had before he went into captivity as the star of a small circus.
Between Lady and the Tramp, Togo, and now The One and Only Ivan, the Disney+ movie brand is leaning heavily on animals. Sure, they’ve got other movies both good (Timmy Failure) and terrible (Artemis Fowl), but it’s weird that they bothered to greenlight so many movies about animals, but I guess animals are always popular with kids, and it’s cost-efficient to hire famous people to voice the non-human characters.
Check out the trailer below. The film hits Disney+ on August 14th and stars Bryan Cranston while featuring the voices of Angelina Jolie, Danny DeVito, Helen Mirren, Brooklynn Prince, Ramon Rodriquez, Mike White, Ron Funches, and Phillipa Soo.
Here’s the official synopsis for The One and Only Ivan:
An adaptation of the award-winning book about one very special gorilla, Disney’s “The One and Only Ivan” is an unforgettable tale about the beauty of friendship, the power of visualization and the significance of the place one calls home. 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. The heartwarming adventure, which comes to the screen in an impressive hybrid of live-action and CGI, is based on Katherine Applegate’s bestselling book, which won numerous awards upon its publication in 2013, including the Newbery Medal.
The film stars: Sam Rockwell as the voice of Ivan; Angelina Jolie as the voice of Stella; Danny DeVito as the voice of Bob the dog; Helen Mirren as the voice of Snickers the poodle; Brooklynn Prince as the voice of Ruby; Ramon Rodriquez as the mall employee George; Ariana Greenblatt as George’s daughter Julia; Chaka Khan as the voice of Henrietta the chicken; Mike White as the voice of Frankie the seal; Ron Funches as the voice of Murphy the rabbit; Phillipa Soo as the voice of Thelma the parrot; and Bryan Cranston as Mack, the mall’s owner. “The One and Only Ivan” is directed by Thea Sharrock from a screenplay by Mike White based on Applegate’s book and is produced by the late Allison Shearmur, Angelina Jolie and Brigham Taylor. Sue Baden-Powell and Thea Sharrock serve as executive producers.