Vivo is an upcoming American computer-animated musical film produced by Sony Pictures Animation. The film is directed by Kirk DeMicco and co-directed by Brandon Jeffords, from a screenplay by Quiara Alegría Hudes and DeMicco, and a story that was based on the original idea by Peter Barsocchini, with songs written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, who voices the title character in the cast that also features the voices of Ynairaly Simo, Zoe Saldana, Juan de Marcos González, Michael Rooker, Brian Tyree Henry, Nicole Byer, and Gloria Estefan. The film marks Sony Pictures Animation's first musical film.
The film was first pitched to DreamWorks Animation in 2010 by Miranda but was canceled due to the restructuring at the company in 2015. It was later revived and fast-tracked by Sony Pictures Animation on December 14, 2016.
Vivo was originally intended for a theatrical release in the United States on June 4, 2021 by Sony Pictures Releasing under the Columbia Pictures label, but its release was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, the film is scheduled for a theatrical and digital release on Netflix on August 6, 2021.
Vivo follows a one-of-kind kinkajou (Lin-Manuel Miranda) who spends his days playing music to the crowds in a lively Havana square with his beloved owner Andrés (Juan de Marcos González), Who plays the street organ. Though they may not speak the same language, Vivo and Andrés are the perfect duo through their common love of music. But when tragedy strikes shortly after Andrés receives a letter from the famous Marta Sandoval (Gloria Estefan), inviting her old partner to her farewell concert in Miami, Florida with the hope of reconnecting, it's up to Vivo to deliver a message that Andrés never could: A love letter to Marta, written long ago, in the form of a song. Yet in order to get to the distant shores of Miami, Vivo will need to accept the help of Gabi (Ynairaly Simo) – an energetic girl who bounces to the beat of her own offbeat drum with her kind but bossy mother, Rosa (Zoe Saldana).
- Lin-Manuel Miranda as Vivo, a singer-musician kinkajou (or rainforest "honey bear")
- Ynairaly Simo as Gabi, An energetic blue girl and Andrés's grand-niece
- Zoe Saldana as Rosa, Gabi's kind but bossy mother
- Juan de Marcos González as Andrés, Vivo's owner and an organ grinder
- Michael Rooker as Lutador, a villainous Everglades python
- Brian Tyree Henry and Nicole Byer as a pair of star-crossed spoonbills
- Gloria Estefan as Marta Sandoval
- Leslie David Baker as a Florida bus driver
- Katie Lowes, Olivia Trujillo, and Lidya Jewett as a trio of well-meaning but overzealous scout troopers
- Danny Trejo as Minister
- Snoop Dogg as Truly
- Tiffany Haddish as Tried
- Awkwafina as Oink
- Ben Schwartz as Noch
- Jane Lynch as Amanda, Andres’s wife
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The film's origins trace back to 2010, when Lin-Manuel Miranda pitched an idea for a film to DreamWorks Animation following the success of his stage musical In the Heights. Due to a restructuring in 2015, DreamWorks eventually dropped the project. On December 14, 2016, Sony Pictures Animation eventually acquired the project from DreamWorks and fast-tracked it under the name Vivo, which was based on an original idea by Peter Barsocchini, with Kirk DeMicco directing, Lisa Stewart producing, Laurence Mark executive-producing, and Quiara Alegría Hudes writing the screenplay from a story by Barsocchini. On June 12, 2019, Kristine Belson announced at the 2019 Annecy International Animated Film Festival that Rich Moore would join the film as co-producer of the film with Roger Deakins serving as the film's visual consultant. The cast was announced on April 26, 2021.
On December 14, 2016, it was revealed that Miranda would be writing 11 songs for the film. On April 26, 2021, it was reported that recurring Miranda colaborator Alex Lacamoire will work on the film as score composer and executive music producer. A song released for the film will be Gimme Hope Jo’anna by Eddy Grant.
On December 14, 2016, the film was scheduled to be theatrically released on December 18, 2020. On January 26, 2018, the film's theatrical release date was moved a month earlier, to November 6, 2020. On November 1, 2019, the film's theatrical release date was moved to April 16, 2021. On April 24, 2020, the film's theatrical release date was moved to June 4, 2021 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. On April 26, 2021, Sony announced the cancellation of the film's theatrical release and sold the licensed film rights to Netflix, Sony still retains the home entertainment and linear TV rights however. The film is scheduled to be released in select theaters and on Netflix on August 6, 2021