The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate will be released to theaters August 20. From novel to film, Ivan’s voice shares a tale of friendship.

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Before the Film

Have you read a newberry award winner novel? Most of us have. Now, have you ever read The One and Only Ivan?

This children’s’ novel was published in 2012. It was a #1 New York Times Bestseller and received the Newberry Award Medal in 2013. 

This tale is based on a real gorilla named Ivan and his friends. These friends include an elephant named Stella, a dog named Bob, and a baby elephant named Ruby.

Ruby was born in the wild like Ivan. But, Ruby remembers what Ivan does not. A life beyond concrete. A life past watching eyes.

After years in a shopping mall, Ruby makes them question how they live. They then search for a way out of captivity. Along the way, they have many adventures. Who knows where they end up?

Film Adaptation

The Disney film adaptation has been in production since 2018. The screenplay was written by Mike White.

I have a confession. I thought this would be an animated film. I was excited to see a animated classic. I was wrong.

It will be a hybrid of live action footage and CGI. This follows a trend of Disney movies steering away from animation. 

This film’s cast includes Sam Rockwall, Angelina Jolie, Danny DeVito, Helen Mirren, and Bryan Cranston. It also stars Brooklynn Prince, Ramon Rodriquez, Ariana Greenblatt, Indira Varma, and Eleanor Matsurra.

According to Disney, the film will be “an unforgettable tale about the beauty of friendship, the power of visualization and the significance of the place we call home” 

The Legacy

Every century has a tale that leaves its mark. One to be remembered.

Do you remember a film from your childhood? Your adulthood? What if this could be that film?

What if the film shifts views? What if it changes minds. About wildlife? About captivity? About human choices? About friendship? About life?