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Get ready to dance when “Vivo” arrives on Netflix on Friday, August 6. The new animated musical from Sony Pictures Animation (the studio behind “The Mitchells vs. the Machines” and “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse“) features a little bit of everything. It’s got friendships new and old, long-lost loves, an illuminating journey to vibrant locations, an adorable creature at the center of the action, and, of course, some really great songs for audiences to sing along to. “Vivo” is also made by some of the finest talents in the film industry and features an all-star vocal cast to bring the characters and their musical stylings to life.
The film tells the story of a musically gifted kinkajou, also known as a “honey bear,” who spends his days happily entertaining the crowds at Havana Square with his favorite two-legged friend, Andrés. But everything changes for them when Andrés receives a letter from Marta Sandoval, a singing superstar who used to share the stage with him and was the love of his life — even if she didn’t quite know it at the time. Soon after, tragedy strikes for the pair, and it’s up to little Vivo to make the brave journey all the way from Cuba to Miami to let Marta know how Andrés truly felt about her. How? By delivering to her the love letter he committed to song so many years before. This might begin as a solo mission, but Vivo won’t have to go it all alone. Along the way, he’ll befriend a boisterous young lady named Gabi, who’s just as amped about this romantic mission as she is to have a furry new friend in Vivo. As the film’s title indicates, this is one movie that’s truly alive with excitement.
Before this touching new tale arrives, here’s a look at what else you should know about “Vivo.”