Vivo is an upcoming 2021 American computer-animated musical comedy film produced by Sony Pictures Animation and Columbia Pictures 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.

Originally slated for a theatrical release on June 4, 2021 by Sony Pictures Releasing, the film was acquired by Netflix, and is now currently scheduled to be released on an unknown date in 2021.


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.


  • Lin-Manuel Miranda as Vivo, a kinkajou
  • Zoe Saldana as Rosa, Gabi's mother.
  • Brian Tyree Henry and Nicole Byer as a pair of star-crossed spoonbills
  • Michael Rooker as Lutador, a villainous Everglades python.
  • Leslie David Baker as a Florida bus driver.
  • Gloria Estefan as Marta Sandoval, a music superstar.
  • Ynairaly Simo as Gabi, an energetic preteen who bounces to the beat of her own offbeat drum.
  • Juan de Marcos as Andrés, Vivo's beloved owner.
  • Katie Lowes, Olivia Trujillo, and Lidya Jewett as a trio of well-meaning but overzealous scout troopers.


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.[6][7]



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