Ivan, of the Exit 8 Big Top Mall, spends a lot of time trying to debunk people's misconceptions about gorillas. His friends, both human and animal, know that he is the rock of their world, and that he will love them always. Ivan is the model of tolerance and patience in the face of difficulty and misunderstanding. He is artisitic and a thinker, masterminding a plan to save all of the animals from the demise of the Exit 8 Big Top Mall. With his human friend Grace, they will take on anyone who tries to stop them.