The upcoming animated film “Vivo” is the latest project from Sony Pictures Animation, the same company that produced “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” and “The Mitchells vs. The Machines.” Whereas those films are both fantastical and action-packed, “Vivo” is a musical that takes place in a world resembling our own.
Its central character is the titular Vivo, a kinkajou that befriends a talented musician named Andrés in his hometown of Havana, Cuba. Vivo is voiced by Broadway superstar Lin-Manuel Miranda, who will thus lend his voice to songs featured in the film. The role of Andrés is performed by Juan de Marcos González, a real-life Cuban musician as a member of the group Buena Vista Social Club. Andrés’ grand-niece Gabi (newcomer Ynairaly Simo) ends up joining Vivo on a journey to deliver a love song from Andrés to his old musical partner, Marta Sandoval, voiced by Cuban-American pop singer Gloria Estefan.
Netflix, which is where the film will premiere, first released a teaser for “Vivo” in April, introducing Vivo and Andrés. Then, on July 21, Netflix premiered a full-length song from the film, titled “Keep the Beat.” Now, Netflix has finally released a proper, two-minute-long trailer for the film in advance of its early August release.