You’ll laugh, you’ll shed a tear or 2 but most importantly you’ll love The One and only Ivan.

Disney’s The One And Only Ivan

We’re always looking for movies to enjoy as a family, especially when there really isn’t much to do outside the home these days. While in theory that sounds great, the hard part is finding one that everyone will enjoy (I get the feeling most parents can relate). So, when there wasn’t one complaint about watching The One and Only Ivan at any point during the movie, I knew it was special.

We all loved it.

The One and Only Ivan is funny and has so much heart. The story line pulls on all your heart strings and leaves you emotionally invested in these characters. Even more so when you find out that this film is based on a true story. Besides an amazing cast (list can be found below), they did such a great job building up each character. So much so that even the “villain” isn’t so bad because we get where he is coming from.

The movie is really well done.

Is this movie good for children? Absolutely! There is no inappropriate content (which is a relief) but this movie does deal with death and tragedy, so you should be prepared for that. Those moments, while sad, allowed us to connect with these “animals” and root for them all the more.

The One and Only Ivan is a movie the whole family will love and it will be available on Disney+ on Friday, August 21st!

About 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
  • Bryan Cranston as Mack, the mall’s owner