This week on Disney+ includes the premiere of the Walt Disney Studios film, The One and Only Ivan. We’re celebrating in our Library Highlights section with a list of other live-action talking animal movies streaming on Disney+. And the library gets bigger this week with the addition of the live-action adaptation of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Whatever you choose to stream this week, we hope it’s magical.
“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 vario us 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.”
Weird But True – “National Parks”
“To protect or enjoy? Hosts Carly and Charlie have two very different plans for the backyard and cannot come to an agreement. Carly thinks backyards are to be enjoyed, and Charlie thinks they should be protected. A visit with park rangers from Yellowstone National Park might just help settle Carly and Charlie’s debate.”
Muppets Now – “Sleep Mode”
“Scooter wakes up in horror to discover his all-nighters have finally gotten the best of him, and he has only 30 minutes to upload Muppets Now. With the clock ticking and his eyelids drooping, Scooter enlists Animal to help him stay awake. Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and his assistant, Beaker, conduct a series of vibrational experiments with the help of a lonely, outdated computer. The Swedish Chef uncovers the secrets of Spaghetti Carbonara when staring down his competitor, Giuseppe Losavio. Miss Piggy sits down with Aubrey Plaza to conduct a fabulous one-on-one interview. Later, she looks out for number one as she focuses on self-care with guests Linda Cardellini and Taye Diggs.”
One Day at Disney Shorts – “Heather Bartleson: Holiday Services”
New on Disney+
Disney’s 2017 live-action retelling of Beauty and the Beast includes the classic Alan Menkan and Howard Ashman songs from the animated classic along with a few new ones.
This 2020 Nat Geo special documents the first dive down to the Titanic wreckage in 15 years for a new look at the decay and the future of the world’s most famous shipwreck.
Explore the red planet through new satellite images to find out what it would be like to spend a day on Mars.
Live-Action Talking Animal Movies
Celebrate the premiere of The One and Only Ivan by checking out these live-action talking animal movies on Disney+!
- Alice in Wonderland
- The Cat from Outer Space
- The Country Bears
- Doctor Dolittle
- Doctor Dolittle 2
- George of the Jungle
- George of the Jungle 2
- Guardians of the Galaxy
- Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2.
- Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey
- Homeward Bound 2: Lost in San Francisco
- The Jungle Book
- The Jungle Book: Mowgli’s Story
- Lady and the Tramp
- The Lion King
- The Shaggy Dog
- The Shaggy D.A.
- Super Buddies
- Whispers: An Elephant’s Tale
This Week’s Holidays
Every day’s a holiday and you can celebrate all of them on Disney+!
- Friday, August 21st – Senior Citizens Day – Up
- Saturday, August 22nd – National Bao Day – Bao
- Sunday, August 23rd – Buttered Corn Day – Mickey's Trailer
- Monday, August 24th – National Waffle Day – Bolt
- Tuesday, August 25th – Kiss and Make Up Day – Mickey Mouse: “The Adorable Couple”
- Wednesday, August 26th – National Dog Day – How Dogs Got Their Shapes
- Thursday, August 27th – National Banana Lovers Day – The Jungle Book
Alex has been blogging about Disney films since 2009 after a lifetime of fandom. He joined the Laughing Place team in 2014 and covers films across all of Disney’s brands, including Star Wars, Marvel, and Fox, in addition to books, music, toys, consumer products, and food. You can hear his voice as a member of the Laughing Place Podcast and his face can be seen on Laughing Place’s YouTube channel where he unboxes stuff.