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‘The One and Only Ivan’ to Skip Theaters for Disney+

Disney has moved its second film from the theaters to Disney+. “The One and Only Ivan” will now debut on the Disney-owned streaming service in August.

“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 the film’s director Thea Sharrock. “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.”

The film, which mixes live-action and CGI, is based on Applegate’s novel of the same name. It was originally scheduled to hit theaters on Aug. 14, but will now premiere on Aug. 21.

The film 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 One and Only Ivan” is directed by Thea Sharrock from a screenplay by Mike White based on Applegate’s novel and is produced by the late Allison Shearmur, p.g.a., Angelina Jolie and Brigham Taylor, p.g.a. Sue Baden-Powell and Thea Sharrock serve as executive producers.

Ivan is a 400-pound silverback gorilla who shares a communal habitat in a suburban shopping mall with Stella the elephant and Bob the dog. 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.

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All the . Films Arriving on Demand Early Because of the Coronavirus

Since most U.S. movie theaters have shuttered in response to the coronavirus pandemic, studios are rushing out VOD home releases of movies that were only just in theaters.

Disney/Warner Bros./Universal

« Trolls World Tour » 

The sequel to the 2017 animated hit announced it would be available for digital download on April 10 — the same day it was supposed to land in theaters. Now it’s a VOD exclusive.

Universal Pictures

« Birds of Prey » 

The Margot Robbie spinoff of 2017’s « Suicide Squad » debuted on demand on March 24. The film grossed $84 million since opening on Feb. 4.

Warner Bros.

« The Hunt »  

The Universal/Blumhouse horror film was first delayed from release last fall due to controversy over its violent content — and then sidelined after its March 13 opening by the coronavirus. It’s available to stream now.

Universal Pictures

« The Invisible Man » 

The Universal horror film starring Elisabeth Moss grossed nearly $65 million since its Feb. 26 release in theaters. It’s available to stream now.

Universal Pictures

« Emma. » 

Focus Features’ adaptation of the Jane Austen novel opened in limited release Feb. 21 — and picked up $10 million in ticket sales until the pandemic shut down theaters. It’s available to stream now.

Focus Features

« Bloodshot » 

The Vin Diesel comic-book movie opened March 6 and grossed $10 million before theaters shut down. It’s available on VOD now.

Sony Pictures

« I Still Believe » 

Lionsgate’s biopic starring K.J. Apa as Christian music star Jeremy Camp hit VOD on March 27 — just two weeks after it opened in theaters.


« The Way Back » 

Warner Bros. released the Ben Affleck drama « The Way Back » — which grossed $13 million in theaters since its March 6 opening — on VOD less than three weeks later, on March 24.

Warner Bros.

« Onward »

Disney and Pixar’s animated feature was made available for purchase on Friday, March 20, and the film hit Disney+ on April 3. 


« Sonic the Hedgehog »

Paramount Pictures’ « Sonic the Hedgehog » set a new record for video game adaptations with a $58 million domestic opening weekend on Feb. 14 and has grossed $306 million worldwide theatrically. It’s available on demand now.

Paramount Pictures

« The Call of the Wild »

20th Century Studios’ feel-good film starring Harrison Ford and a giant CGI dog is available on demand now.

20th Century

« Downhill »

Barely escaping an avalanche during a family ski vacation, a married couple (Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell) is thrown into disarray as they are forced to reevaluate their lives and how they feel about each other. It’s available on demand now.

Fox Searchlight

« Never Rarely Sometimes Always »

« Never Rarely Sometimes Always » is the story of two teenage cousins from rural Pennsylvania who journey to New York City to seek an abortion. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and walked away with a Special Jury award. It’s available for VOD on April 3.

Focus Features

« Endings, Beginnings »

« Endings, Beginnings, » a romantic drama from Drake Doremus starring Shailene Woodley, Sebastian Stan and Jamie Dornan, will open early on digital on April 17 and on demand on May 1. It was meant to open theatrically on May 1.

Samuel Goldwyn Films

« To the Stars »

« To the Stars, » a period drama set in 1960s Oklahoma that stars Kara Hayward, Liana Liberato, Jordana Spiro, Shea Whigham, Malin Akerman and  Tony Hale, was bumped up to a digital release on April 24 and an on demand release on June 1. Martha Stephens directed the film that premiered at Sundance in 2019 and was meant to be released theatrically by Samuel Goldwyn Films.

Samuel Goldwyn Films

« Impractical Jokers: The Movie »

truTV’s first-ever feature-length film is arrived early on digital on April 1. Follow James « Murr » Murray, Brian « Q » Quinn, Joe Gatto, and Sal Vulvano, aka The Tenderloins, playing themselves in a fictional story of a humiliating high school mishap from the early ’90s.


« Artemis Fowl »

Disney’s adaptation of the Eoin Colfer fantasy novel « Artemis Fowl » was meant to debut in theaters on May 29 but will now premiere exclusively on Disney+. The film is directed by Kenneth Branagh and stars Colin Farrell and Judi Dench.


« The Infiltrators »

The theatrical release of Oscilloscope’s docu-thriller « The Infiltrators » has been postponed, and the film will be released on both Cable On Demand and Digital Platforms starting June 2.


« Working Man »

The March 27 theatrical release of « Working Man » has been canceled due to the theater closures, and the film will now premiere on May 5 via Video On Demand.

Brainstorm Media

« Jump Shot: The Kenny Sailors Story »

« Jump Shot: The Kenny Sailors Story, » a sports documentary executive produced by NBA star Steph Curry, will be made available for streaming on the new service Altavod between April 16-18 for $7.99 and is available for pre-order beginning April 9. 10% of all the proceeds will be donated to COVID-19 relief efforts. The documentary tells the story of the player, Kenny Sailors, who pioneered the jump shot, and it features interviews with Curry, Kevin Durant, Dirk Nowitzki, Clark Kellogg, Bobby Knight and more.

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« Scoob! » 

Warner Bros. announced on April 11 that it will release the family animated film “Scoob!” for digital ownership and premium video on-demand on May 15, making it the second film (after Universal’s « Trolls World Tour ») to cancel a planned theatrical release and head straight to home release pandemic.

Warner Bros.

« The King of Staten Island »

« The King of Staten Island, » the comedy starring and co-written by « SNL » star Pete Davidson and directed by Judd Apatow, will skip its theatrical release date of June 19 and open one week early on VOD everywhere on June 12.

Universal Pictures

« The High Note »

« The High Note, » the latest film from « Late Night » director Nisha Ganatra that stars Tracee Ellis Ross and Dakota Johnson, will now make its premiere on VOD on May 29. It was meant to open on May 8 theatrically.

Focus Features

« Waiting for the Barbarians »

Ciro Guerra’s film starring Mark Rylance, Johnny Depp and Robert Pattinson was originally slated for a theatrical release but was picked up by Samuel Goldwyn Films to instead be released via cable on demand and on digital in August

Samuel Goldwyn Films

« Irresistible »

Jon Stewart’s latest film, a political comedy called « Irresistible, » will skip theaters and make its premiere online for on demand digital rental on June 26. The film from Focus Features stars Steve Carell and Rose Byrne and was meant to open in theaters on May 29.

Daniel McFadden / Focus Features

« My Spy »

The Dave Bautista action comedy « My Spy » was originally meant for a theatrical release from STXfilms and was due to hit theaters in March. Amazon then acquired the film from STX and will now release it on streaming on June 26.

Amazon Studios

« The One and Only Ivan »

The animated Disney film based on Thea Sharrock’s best-selling children’s book « The One and Only Ivan » is the latest feature to skip theaters and move to Disney+. The movie features the voice talent of Angelina Jolie, Danny Devito, Sam Rockwell, Bryan Cranston and Helen Mirren. The film was previously slated for theatrical release on August 14 but will now debut on Disney+ one week later on Aug. 21.


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