The story behind the film, or least its inspiration, is true. The movie is predicated on a beloved kids’s e-book by Katherine Applegate, who in flip was impressed by the real-life story of a western lowland gorilla that lived in a concrete enclosure in a mall in Tacoma, Washington for 27 years. Due to the efforts of animal rights organizations, the ape was transferred first to a zoo in Seattle after which Zoo Atlanta, the place he finally discovered to reside with different gorillas and spent the rest of his life till his dying in 2013.
Applegate fictionalized the story and altered the human characters, with Ivan and the opposite animals all performers in a day by day circus present on the mall. She additionally advised the story from Ivan’s point-of-view, as he and the opposite animals–together with a brand new child elephant named Ruby–slowly start to understand that the circus will not be the fitting place for them to reside out their lives.
“One in every of my kids learn the e-book and stated that they beloved it,” stated Jolie, who voices the circus’ elder elephant, Stella. “I learn it, and we form of talked about why it was particular and why it meant a lot to them.”
For White, retaining the spirit of the e-book whereas giving the story extra narrative muscle was crucial facet of writing the difference.
“I really feel like I used to be actually fortunate, as a result of the characters are so wealthy, and it’s so emotional and really soulful for a kids’s e-book or younger grownup e-book,” stated the author. “I don’t how you’ll essentially classify it. However, I believe that it wanted like a construction, like numerous these variations, the place you simply have to make it have extra of a plot, in a way.”