Meet The Characters Of ‘The One and Only Ivan’
The day has finally arrived Disney friends! If you’ve been counting down the days to The One and Only Ivan it is NOW up on Disney+ for you to enjoy – just in time for the weekend. For those following along with us here at MickeyBlog, you know that the movie is based on the beloved children’s book and a heartwarming story about the beauty of friendship, the power of visualization and the significance of the place we call home.
The film is a blend of CGI and Live-Action and features a colorful cast of loveable animal friends! To give you a flavor of this awesome flick we thought we’d do a brief rundown of the wild characters you’ll encounter.
IVAN (Sam Rockwell)
Let’s start with the star of the show. Ivan is a 400 lb silverback gorilla who is living in a shopping mall circus attraction. After meeting a new baby elephant, Ivan reassesses his life and explores a new route of self-express. Sam Rockwell had this to say of his character, “There are a few elements to Ivan that make him who he is. There’s an optimism to him. And then there’s a real dark quality to him in that he has sort of post-traumatic stress from the jungle and seeing his father killed and his sister dying that gives the character a lot of potency.”
STELLA (Angelina Jolie)
Stella, the African elephant has lived in the circus for years and served as a comfort to all of the other animals – especially Ivan. Jolie says of the character, “Stella knows that she won’t be around forever, and she’s trying to think of what needs to be understood for the next generation. She watches a new, young elephant come in, Ruby. She’s at that time in her life when she knows that she won’t have long, but she hopes the little elephant will have a life very different from hers.”
BOB (Danny DeVito)
Bob is a TV-loving scrappy stray dog who uses the mall as his adopted home. Before long he had befriended the animals at the circus attraction. Devito describes Bob as “a scruffy dog that comes around, and he and Ivan become friends. Bob is on his own. He can go anywhere he wants, but he prefers to stay there for a couple of reasons. First of all Ivan is the coolest guy. Second, Stella is the sweetest elephant you’ll ever want to meet. And there’s another good reason why he loves Ivan. Ivan has this big belly and he’s got this cage with a TV in there and Bob sleeps on Ivan’s belly. It’s the softest, biggest, most comfortable pad Bob’s ever had.”
SNICKERS (Helen Mirren)
Snickers is a glamorous poodle who lives with Mack, the owner of the mall’s circus attraction. Mirren explains that Snickers has a complicated relationship with Bob saying, “Snickers has this sort of love-hate relationship with Bob. You want them to get together but, of course, they’re never going to get together. It’s never going to happen.”
RUBY (Brooklynn Prince)
Bring on the baby elephant! When Ruby joins the circus, everyone falls instantly in love with her- especially fellow elephant Stella! Prince describes Ruby as “very inquisitive because she can ask like a hundred questions at the same time. She’s very cuddly. She’s very cute.”
HENRIETTA (Chaka Khan)
Music legend Chaka Khan who voices Henrietta which she describes as an alpha female chicken. She says, “We have a lot in common. Henrietta and I are both outspoken and speak our minds. We can cuss you out or nurture you. And I have those traits, as well.”
FRANKIE (Mike White, who also wrote the screenplay)
Nervous Frankie spends his days balancing a ball on the tip of his nose. Plain and simple.
MURPHY (Ron Funches)
Voiced by Ron Funches, Murphy is a white rabbit who drives around a little red fire truck and squirt people with a hose.
THELMA (Phillipa Soo)
Thelma, voiced by Phillipa Soo, is a macaw who likes to view the goings-on from her perch on Mack’s shoulder.
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