With most theaters shut down in the wake of COVID-19, studios are working to adapt release schedules. Disney announced two films, The One and Only Ivan and Magic Camp, will bypass theaters entirely and instead premiere on Disney+.
The One and Only Ivan adapts the award-winning book from Katherine Applegate. The live-action/CGI blend movie tells the story of 400-pound silverback gorilla Ivan who lives in a shopping mall. When a baby elephant named Ruby arrives from the wild, Ivan remembers his past in the jungle and starts to question his life and identity.
The animal cast features the voice of Sam Rockwell as Ivan the gorilla, 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, Brooklyn Prince as Ruby the baby elephant, Ron Runches as Murphy the rabbit, Phillipa Soo as Thelma the parrot. The live-action cast includes Bryan Cranston, Ramon Rodriguez, and Ariana Greenblatt.
Magic Camp has been in the works for a while at Disney, having experienced pre-COVID production delays back in 2018. Steve Martin penned the story in which a group of misfit campers help a down-on-his-luck magician rediscover his love of magic.
Magic Camp stars Adam DeVine, Gillian Jacobs, and Jeffrey Tambor.
Both films arrive on Disney+ August 14.
Another Disney delay
Fans have been eagerly awaiting the release of Disney’s live-action Mulan. The film should have hit theaters back in March, but COVID-19 delayed the release.
Disney last pushed the theatrical release of Mulan to August 21. But with many theaters still closed around the world, it seems unlikely that Disney will follow through with this plan. On the other hand, the company definitely wanted to bring in the box office bucks with Mulan, so it also seems unlikely it will get a straight-to-streaming release.
What’s a Mulan fan to do? Keep playing the waiting game…