The One and Only Ivan (PG) Hollywood 360 Radio Network Podcast

Disney + is streaming “The One and Only Ivan,” it’s based on a children’s novel written by K.A. Applegate and illustrated by Patricia Castelao. The book is about a silverback gorilla named Ivan who lived in a cage at a mall. The novel is written in first person from the point of view of Ivan, a gorilla. In 2013, it was named the winner of the Newberry Medal Award. It has won several other awards and is currently nominated to several reading lists.

Sam Rockwell, is the voice of Ivan, the owner of the mall and ringmaster is Brian Cranston. With a script penned by Mike Wright, and directed by Thea Sharrock, (“Me Before You”). Walt Disney Records has released the digital original soundtrack to Disney’s new movie “The One and Only Ivan,” streaming exclusively on Disney+. The movie and soundtrack feature an original score by composer Craig Armstrong and the original end-credit song, “Free” written by Diane Warren and performed by Charlie Puth.  The digital soundtrack is available now.

The original song “Free” written by iconic songwriter Diane Warren, sets the tone and intended message of the film. She has said, “The theme of this movie deeply touched my heart and I hope my song deeply touches yours as well. Charlie Puth brought this song to life in a way nobody else could. It is a very special and meaningful song to me, and I hope it becomes one for you as well. I hope it makes you feel a little more free.” I believe her wish has come true as the beautiful, touching song emphasizes the importance of animals truly living free. Singer, Charlie Puth is only 28 years old, his voice resonates as we view this heartwarming fantasy story. This is a great family film for all to enjoy and appreciate its message.

Cast: 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, the mall’s owner.

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Sarah Knight Adamson©August 30, 2020