Lin-Manuel Miranda is everywhere these days. Following “In The Heights” this summer based on one of his plays and the “Tick, Tick Boom” musical starring Andrew Garfield arriving later this year, Miranda is practically ubiquitous. But there’s more. He’s also the lead voice and has written all the original songs to the Netflix animated film, “Vivo.”
“Vivo” follows a musically gifted kinkajou who embarks on a journey of a lifetime to deliver a song to his cherished owner’s long-lost love. “Viivo” features the voice talent of Lin-Manuel Miranda, Juan de Marcos, newcomer Ynairaly Simo, and famous Cuban Latin pop singer Gloria Estefan.
Directed by Kirk DeMicco and written by DeMico and Quiara Alegría Hudes also features Zoe Saldaña (Rosa), Brian Tyree Henry (Dancarino), Michael Rooker (Lutador), and Nicole Byer (Valentina), Here’s the official synopsis:
A one-of-kind kinkajou (voiced by Lin-Manuel Miranda) embarks on an unforgettable musical adventure to deliver a love song to Marta (voiced by Gloria Estefan) on behalf of his owner Andrés (Buena Vista Social Club’s Juan De Marcos). Watch Vivo only on Netflix on August 6. The film features all-new original songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda, a score by Alex Lacamoire, and a screenplay by Quiara Alegría Hudes and director Kirk DeMicco (The Croods). Vivo is co-directed by Brandon Jeffords (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2) and voiced by Zoe Saldaña as an overprotective mother, newcomer Ynairaly Simo as her rebellious daughter Gabi, Michael Rooker as a villainous Everglades python, Katie Lowes, Olivia Trujillo & Lidya Jewett as a trio of well-meaning but overzealous scout troopers, Brian Tyree Henry & Nicole Byer as a pair of star-crossed spoonbills, and Leslie David Baker as a Florida bus driver. VIVO is an exhilarating story about gathering your courage, finding family in unlikely friends, and the belief that music can open you to new worlds.
From Netflix and Sony Pictures Animation, this adventure of a lifetime to deliver a song to his cherished owner’s long-lost love, “Vivo,” premieres on August 6 on Netflix. Watch the official trailer below.