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The One and Only Ivan

Updated: May 9

Ivan, the Mighty Silverback, lives at Exit 8 Big Top Mall in his small and cluttered domain with not much to eat besides crayons, banana peels, and the occasional insect that passes through. Ivan rarely misses his life in the jungle, in fact he barely ever thinks about it at all.


Being a roadside attraction isn't too exciting until Ivan has someone to look after. Someone to protect. When Ruby the elephant enters his life, Ivan has a goal. He made a promise to the late Stella, his old elephant pal to protect Ruby at all costs. Using his artistic talents, he hatches a plan that eventually leads to both his and Ruby's freedom. Inspired by the true story of Ivan, the silverback Gorilla who spent 30 years alone in a cage at an indoor mall, The One and Only Ivan tells the tale that Ivan couldn't tell himself.

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