Last week, Disney’s CFO Christine McCarthy revealed that Disney was going to be making an impairment charge of around $1.5 billion dollars to write off dozens of Disney+ & Hulu Originals, which includes shows like “Willow” and films like “Flora & Ulysses”, which are no longer deemed a valuable asset, to sort out the finances of the streaming division, following years of spending heavily chasing Netflix and during the pandemic boom.

One of the titles being removed from Disney+ globally on May 26th 2023, is going to be “The Only And Only Ivan”, which is about a gorilla named Ivan, who tries to piece together his past with the help of an elephant named Stella as they hatch a plan to escape from captivity.

Over the weekend, the film’s star Bryan Cranston took to Instagram to share some thoughts on the film’s upcoming purge from Disney+.

I heard the news that my film, ‘The One And Only Ivan’ is being pulled from Disney+ as early as next week. I was very proud of this sweet, family movie that was released after the COVID Lockdown began. And I urge you to gather your kids, or nieces & nephews, make some popcorn, and watch this engaging and delightful story that was based on real events!”

“The real life guy that I play actually adopted a baby gorilla (Ivan) and raised him in a Washington state suburb. A crazy true story!! Thanks to Disney for giving us the opportunity to make this movie in the first place. I just know that it will make for really great family time – but you have to do it this weekend before it disappears forever. I promise, you’ll be glad you saw it. Have a great weekend… Bryan.”

If you haven’t already watched “The Only And Only Ivan”,  or want to watch it again, I’d suggest doing so this weekend, because it’s likely to be gone from Disney+ by the end of next week.

Disney is still finalising the final list of everything that’s going to be removed from Disney+ later this month to write off almost $1.5 billion dollars, so there is still a chance this film survives, if there is enough social media backlash, which it has already done with the documentary, “Howard“.

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Roger Palmer

Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a kid and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney Parks around the globe and has a vast collection of Disney movies and collectibles. He is the owner of What's On Disney Plus & DisKingdom. Email: Twitter: Facebook:

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