‘The One and Only Ivan’ Trailer: Bryan Cranston Has a Gorilla Voiced by Sam Rockwell in Disney+ Movie

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The trailer has arrived for upcoming Disney+ family movie The One and Only Ivan, based on the 2013 bestselling book by Katherine Applegate.

The plot follows silverback gorilla Ivan (voiced by Sam Rockwell), who, along wth various other animals, lives in a suburban shopping mall owned by Mack, played by Bryan Cranston. The arrival of a baby elephant, Ruby, sparks up the pain of separation within Ivan, who begins to question his life and where his home lies.

It certainly looks like a heartfelt film in the old-school Disney vein, with a good dose of Mighty Joe Young meets Dumbo. This is the second feature film from director Thea Sharrock, who previously directed Emilia Clarke weepy Me Before You. The screenplay comes from Mike White, whose credits include School of Rock and Pitch Perfect 3.

The One and Only Ivan, with Angelina Jolie, Danny DeVito, and Helen Mirren among the voice cast, will be streaming on Disney+ on August 14th.

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.

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