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Vivo (2021)



Critic Consensus: Vivo offers few surprises, but this attractively animated adventure is enlivened by the catchy songs contributed by star Lin-Manuel Miranda.

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From Netflix and Sony Pictures AnimaFrom Netflix and Sony Pictures Animation -- the studio that brought you Oscar winner Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and this year's critically acclaimed blockbuster The Mitchells vs. The Machines -- comes Vivo, an animated musical adventure featuring all-new songs from Lin-Manuel Miranda, the Tony, Grammy, and Pulitzer Prize-winning creator of Hamilton and In the Heights. Vivo follows a one-of-kind kinkajou (aka a rainforest "honey bear," voiced by Miranda), who spends his days playing music to the crowds in a lively square with his beloved owner Andrés (Buena Vista Social Club's Juan de Marcos). 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 (three-time Grammy-winning Latin pop legend Gloria Estefan), inviting her old partner to her farewell concert 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 Marta, who lives a world apart, Vivo will need the help of Gabi (newcomer Ynairaly Simo) -- an energetic tween who bounces to the beat of her own offbeat drum to fulfill his owner's wishes.


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All Critics (95) | Top Critics (24)

A warm, colourful, family-friendly tribute to all things Cuban directed by Kirk DeMicco.

August 13, 2021 | Full Review…

Last year's biggest animated feature was Pixar's "Soul." The best thing about it was a rare feeling for music, an ability to express jazz visually and rhythmically. At times, "Vivo" does the same even better for Latin music.

August 12, 2021 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Vivo himself has charm and a delightfully kinetic scamper to go with themes of love and loss.

August 11, 2021 | Full Review…

Mindbogglingly, most of Miranda's endless string of projects are good-to-great, not vanilla corporate garbage, and the sweet new animated movie "Vivo" is no exception.

August 6, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Vivo becomes far less interesting the farther it gets from the strength of [its] heartwarming musical origins.

August 6, 2021 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The contrast between Gabi's improvisational approach and Vivo's preference for planning gives some extra energy to the story, and the songs are vivid and imaginative.

August 6, 2021 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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