The story takes place in Havana, Cuba, and follows a musically gifted duo: Andrés Hernández (Juan de Marcos González) and his kinkajou—a tropical rainforest mammal—named Vivo (Miranda). When Andrés receives a letter from an old friend, he decides to travel to Miami to not only reconnect with her, but to also show her a song he wrote. Unfortunately, Andrés never gets the chance. So, Vivo dedicates his time to completing the mission.
In addition to Miranda and González, Vivo features an all-star voiceover cast, including Zoe Saldana (Rosa), Brian Tyree Henry (Dancarino), Nicole Byer (Valentina), Michael Rooker (Lutador), Gloria Estefan (Marta), Ynairaly Simo (Gabi), Katie Lowes (Becky), Olivia Trujillo (Eva), Lidya Jewett (Sarah) and David Baker (Florida bus driver).
If the movie sounds familiar, it’s probably because Vivo has been in the works for quite some time. It was originally supposed to hit theaters in 2020, but then it was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. After Sony signed a deal with Netflix, the film had a limited theatrical release before hitting the streaming service on August 6.
Vivo might sound like a kids-only flick, but it’s actually a must-watch for viewers of all ages (especially if you love feel-good stories).
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