Disney+ does it again with another new fun family movie. The One and Only Ivan premiered on the streaming service and is now available for your next movie night! (Keep scrolling for downloadable free The One and Only Ivan activity pages, too!)
With a talented cast, the One and Only Ivan promises to be a bit of a tear-jerker, slightly reminiscent of Dumbo with its circus theme, but it takes a different turn. I haven’t been able to watch it yet but Saturday night has been set aside for a bucket of popcorn and getting to know Ivan.
Here’s a little more about the movie, straight from the Disney press release.
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; and Bryan Cranston as Mack.
School’s in session in many parts of the country, but if you need to give the kids something fun to occupy them, I’ve got a free The One and Only Ivan activity pages packet for download. Click on “Download” below to get the whole PDF packet.
If you haven’t yet seen the trailer, you can watch it here. Try not to tear up!
Print out these activity pages to get the kids in the mood for the movie, a story of friendship that ought to inspire us all to hold onto those we love.