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Vivo is a 2021 American computer-animated musical comedy film produced by Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation and animated by Sony Pictures Imageworks. The film is directed by Kirk DeMicco, co-directed by Brandon Jeffords, from a screenplay by Quiara Alegria Hudes and Kirk DeMicco and a story that was based on the original idea by Peter Barsocchini, with songs written by Lin Manuel Miranda.

The film was released in select theatres on July 30, 2021, and digitally on Netflix on August 6, 2021. The film received generally positive reviews from critics, who praised the animation, voice performances, and musical numbers.

Premise

An animated musical adventure featuring all-new songs written and performed by Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, Vivo follows a one-of-kind kinkajou (aka a rainforest “honey bear”), who spends his days playing music to the crowds in a lively Havana square with his beloved owner Andrés. 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, inviting her old partner to her farewell concert in Miami 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 – an energetic preteen who bounces to the beat of her own offbeat drum. 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.

Cast

  • Lin-Manuel Miranda as Vivo, a kinkajou
  • Ynairaly Simo as Gabriela Hernández, an energetic preteen who bounces to the beat of her own offbeat drum.
  • Zoe Saldana as Rosa Hernández, Gabi's mother.
  • Juan de Marcos as Andrés Hernández, Vivo's beloved owner.
  • Brian Tyree Henry as Dancarino
  • Gloria Estefan as Marta Sandoval, a music superstar.
  • Michael Rooker as Lutador, a villainous Everglades python.
  • Nicole Byer as Valentina
  • Katie Lowes as Becky
  • Olivia Trujillo as Eva
  • Lidya Jewett as Sarah
  • Christian Ochoa as Montoya
  • Albert Sergio Laguna as Israel
  • Brandon Jeffords as Mr. Henshaw
  • Gloria Calderón Kellett as Gloria the Stage Manager
  • Leslie David Baker as a Florida bus driver
  • Danny Pino as Bus Driver
  • Alex Lacamoire as Fan Outside the Mambo Cabana
  • Aaron LaPlante as Key West Dog
  • Rich Moore as Iguana
  • Tessie Santiago as Mambo Cabana Ticket-Taker
  • Paolo Andino, Omar Avila, Ranjani Brow, William Calvert, Oscar Camacho, Catero Colbert, Mimi Davila, Eileen Galindo, Michelle Jubilee Gonzalez, Jason Griffith, Sandra Caridad Hernández, Bridget Hoffman, Ashley Lambert, Scott Menville, Alain Mesa, David Michie, Richard Miro, Maylin Morera, Jonathan Nichols, Juan Pacheco, Melissa Pino, Jacqueline Pinol, Gustavo Rex, Adriana Sevan, Jaquita Ta'le, Randy Thom, Shelby Young as Additional Voices

Development

In December 2016, Sony Pictures Animation 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 attached to direct, Lisa Stewart set to produce, Laurence Mark serving as executive-producer, and Quiara Alegría Hudes writing the screenplay from a story by Peter Barsocchini with a release date of December 18, 2020. It was also revealed that Miranda would be writing 11 songs for the film. [1] In January 2018, the film's theatrical release date was moved a month earlier, to November 6, 2020.[2] In June 2019, Sony Pictures Animation head Kristine Belson announced that Rich Moore would join the film as co-producer of the film with Roger Deakins serving as the film's cinematographer.[3] In November 2019, the film's theatrical release date was moved to April 16, 2021.[4] In April 2020, the film's theatrical release date was moved to June 4, 2021 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.[5] In April 2021, Netflix acquired streaming rights to the film and will be released on the streaming service; Sony still retains rights for the film in China with the help of One Cool Films.[6][7]

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Release

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, only to be delayed 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 licensed the film rights to Netflix, with Sony retaining home entertainment, linear TV, and Chinese distribution rights. The film was released in select theatres on July 30, 2021, and on Netflix on August 6, 2021.

Reception

On Rotten Tomatoes, 86% of 95 critics have given the film a positive review with an average score of 6.80/10. The film's critical consensus reads: "Vivo offers few surprises, but this attractively animated adventure is enlivened by the catchy songs contributed by star Lin-Manuel Miranda." On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 66 out of 100, based on 22 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".

Maya Phillips of The New York Times praised Miranda's singing and said "Miranda’s songs incorporate his signature rapid-fire rapping, along with quick tempo changes and genre mash-ups. Gabi’s song, “My Own Drum,” with its grade-school Nicki Minaj-esque rap and auto-tune, is the jam I didn’t know I needed in my life. “Vivo” has cuteness to spare, even if the rest is hit or miss. But, we all know, the beat goes on." Brian Lowry of CNN also concurred with Phillips and said "Lin-Manuel Miranda brings his stage-honed chops to another animated movie in ""Vivo," a sweet if slight love story built around an inordinately resourceful kinkajou. Premiering on Netflix, Miranda's songs elevate a small-boned effort—call it cute, without that being pejorative—with an unabashedly romantic streak." Benjamin Lee of The Guardian rated the film 3 stars out of 5 and wrote "But while Vivo shares the expensive sheen and general good nature of Sony’s last hand-me-down, it falls short on just about everything else, a sweet and colourful musical adventure that isn’t quite sweet and colourful enough, coasting on simple pleasures that fade as soon as the music stops."

Petrana Radulovic of Polygon was more critical about the film, and said in her review that while the music was "definitely one of the film’s highlights," the musical deviations in the film makes it feel "like an animated version of a Hamilton outtake." She went on to praise the animation and visual style of the film, stating it "all meshes together in a beautiful symphony," but criticized the story. David Ehrlich of IndieWire gave the film a C grade and wrote "It’s a fun premise for a great adventure, and a valuable lesson for kids who are liable to get blindsided by the realization that “now” is not “forever.” The only problem is that “Vivo” grows increasingly generic and forgettable as the film goes on, and the closer its furry hero gets to finding a silver lining, the more viewers wish that he never went looking for one at all." Peter Debruge of Variety also gave the film a somewhat positive review, saying "the film boasts the rich, professional look of first-rate computer animation, even if “Vivo” plays by a more conventional stylebook than the studio’s [Sony Pictures Animations] recent breakthroughs “The Mitchells vs. the Machines” and “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.” The character designs are fine, if not especially inspired."

Vivo was the highest viewed film on Netflix in the month of August, with 493 million minutes in its first full week, translating to roughly 5.7 million viewings for the week of August 2nd to August 9th. Netflix announced in its Q3 2021 earnings call that 46 million accounts had sampled the movie.

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Films: Vivo
Characters
VivoGabiRosaAndrésLutadorMarta SandovalDancarinoValentina
Songs
One of a KindOne More SongMy Own DrumMambo CabanaKeep the BeatLove's Gonna Pick You UpTough CrowdRunning Out of TimeInside Your HeartGrand Finale
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