“Is this going to have a lot of music in it?” my youngest asked me as we started the newest animated film NOW STREAMING on Netflix! Many thanks to our friends at Netflix for the prescreened access. After I finished up my homework, we got cozy in the bed and hit play. Here are my thoughts and review of Vivo on Netflix, August 6th. You’re going to LOVE it!
Vivo is a family film that will quickly become a favorite. You can expect a beautifully vibrant film, with catchy songs, tender moments, and the musical magic that only Lin-Manuel Miranda can bring to an animated film. You’ll want to add Vivo to your summer viewing list. Vivo is now streaming on Netflix.
Vivo is a South American mammal or “honey bear” voiced by Lin-Manuel Miranda, that finds himself in Havana, Cuba and befriends an elderly musician named Andrés. Within the first 15 minutes the unthinkable happens and Vivo’s adventure begins. But, not before he sings a beautiful song in the town square with Andrés.
The Rhythm is Going to Get You
I had to name the section this because of the music. After the first musical number, Ezra turns to me and says, “Is this going to be a musical?” I said, “Let’s give it a chance and keep wathching.” Once the film gets going we meet his grand niece Gabi, voiced by Ynairaly Simo (13) in her first official big role. Simo’s role also includes singing, so yes, there is much music in the film, but don’t let that deter you. You’ll be tapping your toes and dancing along and not even realize it. Gabi and Vivo embark on an epic adventure to get a musical message to Andrés’ former musical partner and secret beloved, famous Cuban singer Marta Sandoval, voiced by the amazing Gloria Estefan.
Vivo might seem like any other animated film on a streaming service, however it is multifaceted; it includes great messages about self discovery, self-empowerment, music, love and loss. There are a few scary moments in the film that involve a big python in the swamps of the Everglades, played by Michael Rooker so consider your children’s ages. I would encourage ages 8+ for this film. The message of family loss is strong in the film, but there is also resilience and friendship. Expect to have conversations about the film after viewing that will be great teachable moments for parents.
We loved it. Ezra asked when the movie would be available because he said he couldn’t wait to watch it again. He’s got plans with Netflix after school.
Vivo is directed by Kirk DeMicco and the amazing cast is comprised of: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ynairaly Simo, Zoe Saldana, Juan de Marcos González, Bryan Tyree Henry, Gloria Estefan.