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The One and Only Ivan
(2020)
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Composed and Produced by:

Conducted by:
Cecilia Weston

Orchestrated by:
Dave Foster
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Walt Disney Records
(August 21st, 2020)
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Commercial digital release only, with high resolution options.
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Buy it... if you have long wished that Craig Armstrong would create a full-length extension of his brief but gorgeous, heart-warming score for Love Actually.

Avoid it... if the simplicity of Armstrong's constructs and their indelibly positive spirit are too quick to understate challenging moments, annoying listeners not forgiving of such unyieldingly charming tones.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,963
WRITTEN 2/20/21
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The One and Only Ivan: (Craig Armstrong) Inspired by the real-life Ivan the Gorilla who entertained numbskull humans for 27 years in a Tacoma, Washington mall, the highly acclaimed Katherine Applegate children's novel told of Ivan and a group of other (this time talking) animals striving to live, entertain, and someday be free from a circus-like mall. The 2020 movie adaptation of The One and Only Ivan is a live action telling of this heartwarming story, following Ivan through the end of his captivity and transition to relative freedom at a zoo. The bond between the gorilla and the numerous other animals is comedically explored, and a young daughter of a mall janitor encourages Ivan's ability to wow audiences with his artwork. Tension with the mall's master yields an escape attempt and eventual reconciliation. It's about as stereotypically saccharine an outing to be expected from Disney, which was forced to release the movie to the digital realm rather than its desired late summer theatrical debut. Reviews were generally positive, as there was little with this predictable formula that could go wrong. While voice actress Angelina Jolie also produced the movie, the director's chair for The One and Only Ivan was occupied by relative newcomer Thea Sharrock, whose only major credit was 2016's Me Before You. That film featured an original score by Scottish composer Craig Armstrong, who, after bursting into the mainstream feature scene in the late 1990's and winning a BAFTA, Golden Globe, and Grammy for Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge and Ray, settled into a career of concert recordings and comparatively little-known scoring assignments. While Armstrong has never captured the same attention from his Romeo + Juliet and Plunkett & Macleane days, his 2010's works often provided singular highlights worth exploring. One consistency of the composer's career has been a sense of restrained orchestral lyricism, his music typically introspective and more simplistically constructed and orchestrated. If he were to dive headlong into the romance genre, for which he earned renewed attention with 2004's Love Actually, his methodology would be described as a combination of Rachel Portman and John Barry at their more affable. Most importantly, Armstrong has the ability to crank out highly evocative cues in his works, and "There's a Mystery in Everything" from 2019's Mrs. Lowry and Son serves as a good preview for his approach to The One and Only Ivan's score. An average, unrelated Dianne Warren pop song rounds out the soundtrack.


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106 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.53 Stars
***** 25 5 Stars
**** 33 4 Stars
*** 28 3 Stars
** 14 2 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 59:05
• 1. Through the Mall (2:02)
• 2. Julia (1:06)
• 3. Julia Gives Ivan Crayons (0:59)
• 4. Ivan's Beetle (0:53)
• 5. Ivan Puts on a Good Show (1:28)
• 6. Ivan Remembers (1:15)
• 7. Ivan and Stella (0:42)
• 8. Julia's Theme (0:52)
• 9. Ruby's Arrival (1:15)
• 10. Meet Ruby (2:14)
• 11. Ruby Asleep (0:34)
• 12. Are You a Monkey (0:59)
• 13. Ruby's First Show (0:59)
• 14. Ruby Performs (1:05)
• 15. Stella's Story (0:51)
• 16. Brave Ruby (2:09)
• 17. Ivan's Story (0:52)
• 18. Stella Leaves (2:08)
• 19. Mack and Ruby (1:29)
• 20. Mack Trains Ruby (1:17)
• 21. Ivan and Ruby (2:01)
• 22. Ivan Refuses to Paint (1:44)
• 23. Arriving at the Forest (2:19)
• 24. You Can't Be Out Here (1:23)
• 25. Ivan's Memories (1:38)
• 26. Ivan's Capture (0:50)
• 27. Life Returns to Normal (1:11)
• 28. Ivan's New Plan (1:42)
• 29. Ivan's Painting Revealed (1:22)
• 30. Julia Wants Ivan to Be Free (0:50)
• 31. Ivan Discusses His Plan (2:22)
• 32. Ivan's Farewell (1:41)
• 33. Ivan is Set Free (3:20)
• 34. Reflections of Ivan (3:36)
• 35. The Reunion (1:42)
• 36. Ivan Orchestral Suite (2:29)
• 37. Free - performed by Charlie Puth (3:48)

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