The Walt Disney Studios has announced that the The One and Only Ivan, an adaptation of the bestselling book about a special gorilla directed by Thea Sharrock, will premiere exclusively on Disney+ on August 21st.
The movie was previously scheduled to be released theatrically by The Walt Disney Studios, but the coronavirus has seen most cinemas around the globe shuttered, thus putting Hollywood release schedules in disarray.
“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,” said Sharrock. “In response to this, I am so happy that we can share Katherine Applegate’s delightful and original story, , with the world this August on Disney+, bringing some joy through this unique movie of true friendship, inspired by a true story.”
The film, a mix of CGI and live-action, features the voices of: Sam Rockwell as the gorilla Ivan; Angelina Jolie as Stella the elephant; Danny DeVito as Bob the dog; Helen Mirren as Snickers the poodle; Chaka Khan as Henrietta the chicken; Mike White as Frankie the seal; Brooklynn Prince as Ruby the baby elephant; Ron Funches as Murphy the rabbit; Phillipa Soo as Thelma the parrot; and stars Ramon Rodriguez, Ariana Greenblatt and Bryan Cranston.
The big-budget Artemis Fowl movie was also fast-tracked to the Disney+ platform last week, totally forgoing a cinema release.