Netflix has released the first Vivo clip from Sony Pictures Animation’s forthcoming animated musical movie, featuring Lin-Manuel Miranda as the voice of the titular kinkajou. The film is scheduled to make its debut on Friday, August 6.
The video, which you can check out in the player below, features Vivo and his offbeat new friend Gabi as they sing their way through the Florida Everglades. It also provides us a preview of the song titled “Keep the Beat,” which was written by Miranda.
Vivo is an animated musical adventure that follows a one-of-kind kinkajou (aka a rainforest “honey bear,” voiced by Miranda), who must find his way from Havana to Miami in order to deliver a song on behalf of his beloved owner and mentor Andres, which will be voiced by Buena Vista Social Club’s Juan de Marcos González.
The film is an exhilarating story about gathering your courage, finding family in unlikely friends, and the belief that music can open you to new worlds. It has an impressive voice cast led by Lin-Manuel Miranda as Vivo along with three-time Grammy-winning Latin pop legend Gloria Estefan as the love of Andres’ life, Marta and newcomer Ynairaly Simo as Andres’ grand-niece, Gabi.
The voice cast also includes Zoe Saldana, Michael Rooker, Brian Tyree Henry, Nicole Byer, Leslie David Baker, Katie Lowes, Olivia Trujillo, and Lidya Jewett. It will feature original songs written by Lin-Manuel Miranda and composed by Alex Lacamoire.
Vivo is directed by Oscar nominee Kirk DeMicco (The Croods) and Brandon Jeffords (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2) from a screenplay written by Pulitzer Prize winner Quiara Alegría Hudes, who previously worked with Miranda on the Tony-winning musical In the Heights.