Walt Disney Records is to release the digital original soundtrack to Disney’s new movie The One and Only Ivan. It is streaming exclusively on Disney+. The movie is directed by Thea Sharrock (Me Before You), and the movie and soundtrack feature an original score by composer Craig Armstrong, and the original end-credit song Free written by Diane Warren and performed by Charlie Puth. The digital soundtrack will be available day and date with the movie, on August 21. Free is featured in a new TV spot HERE.
Diane Warren wrote the original song Free. She is an 11-time Oscar nominee and GRAMMY, Emmy and Golden Globe award winner. Moreover, her songs are featured in over 100 motion pictures and has been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. “I’m so proud to have written the song Free for Thea Sharrock’s amazing movie The One and Only Ivan. The theme of this movie deeply touched my heart and I hope my song deeply touches yours as well. Charlie Puth brought this song to life in a way nobody else could. It is a very special and meaningful song to me, and I hope it becomes one for you as well. I hope it makes you feel a little more free,” said Diane Warren.
Multi-GRAMMY nominated and multi-platinum singer/songwriter/producer, Charlie Puth, performs Free. Astoundingly, at only 28 years old, Puth has proven to be one of industry’s most consistent hitmakers and a celebrated, multi-dimensional artist. In addition, Puth has already amassed eight multi-platinum singles, four GRAMMY nominations, two Billboard Music Awards, a Critics’ Choice Award, and a Golden Globe nomination.
“It was very exciting to work on this movie and to collaborate with the incomparable Diane Warren on the song “Free,” said Charlie Puth.” I can’t wait for everyone to hear what we created together for this special film.”
The soundtrack features score by GRAMMY-winning Scottish born composer Craig Armstrong. Through his orchestral writing, electronic music and wide ranging artistic collaborations in classical and film music, Craig Armstrong’s distinct compositional voice has received worldwide acclaim. Also, he has composed scores for both Hollywood and independent films, from Peter Mullan’s directorial debut The Close Trilogy to the BAFTA, Ivor Novello and Golden Globe Award-winning scores for Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge! Recent projects include Giuseppe Capotondi’s The Burnt Orange Heresy and Oliver Stone’s Snowden.
The One and Only Ivan:
An adaptation of the award-winning book about one very special gorilla, Disney’s The One and Only Ivan unforgettable tale about the beauty of friendship, the power of visualization and the significance of the place one calls home; a 400-pound silverback gorilla who shares a communal habitat in a suburban shopping mall with Stella the elephant, Bob the dog, and various other animals. However, 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.
The movie stars: Sam Rockwell as the voice of Ivan; Angelina Jolie as the voice of Stella; Danny DeVito as the voice of Bob the dog; Helen Mirren as the voice of Snickers the poodle; Brooklynn Prince as the voice of Ruby; Ramon Rodriquez as the mall employee George; Ariana Greenblatt as George’s daughter Julia; Chaka Khan as the voice of Henrietta the chicken; Mike White as the voice of Frankie the seal; Ron Funches as the voice of Murphy the rabbit; Phillipa Soo as the voice of Thelma the parrot; and Bryan Cranston as Mack, the mall’s owner. Thea Sharrock directs The One and Only Ivan from a screenplay by Mike White. Also, it is based on Applegate’s book and is produced by the late Allison Shearmur, Angelina Jolie and Brigham Taylor. Sue Baden-Powell and Thea Sharrock serve as executive producers.