Disney – whose “Artemis Fowl” skipped theaters in favor of a Disney+ premiere this weekend – has opted to send “The One and Only Ivan” direct to homes.
The animated fantasy film, featuring the voices of Angelina Jolie and Danny DeVito, was previously dated for Aug. 14, 2020 and will instead debut exclusively on Disney+ Aug. 21.
Directed by Thea Sharrock, ”The One and Only Ivan” is an an adaptation of Katherine Applegate’s bestselling, award-winning book about a special gorilla, voiced by Sam Rockwell.
“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,” Sharrock said in a statement (via THR). “In response to this, I am so happy that we can share Katherine Applegate’s delightful and original story, The One and Only Ivan with the world this August on Disney+, bringing some joy through this unique movie of true friendship, inspired by a true story.”
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