Netflix debuted a new clip from the upcoming animated musical film, Vivo, featuring actor and playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda belting out his own original song titled "Keep the Beat."
The three-minute clip, posted on Wednesday, July 21, starts off with the titular character Vivo, played by Miranda, singing about his uncertainties as he finds himself traveling through the Florida Everglades. He is accompanied by Gabi, an energetic tween who seems to be little off-beat when it comes to music.
The clip ends with Vivo and Gabi, having briefly bonded after playing with some drumsticks, singing together in an upbeat duet.
Vivo tells the story of a musically talented kinkajou (more widely known as a rainforest honey bear) named Vivo who is owned by a musician named Andrés. With their common love for music, the pair spend their days together singing songs and playing music to people in a lively square.
However, when Andrés receives a letter from the famous Marta Sandoval inviting him to join her farewell concert, Vivo is then tasked with delivering a song to his owner’s long-lost love. Together with Gabi, Vivo must make his way towards Marta, who lives miles away, before it’s too late.
Along with Miranda, the film stars the voices of Cuban musician Juan de Marcos, newcomer Ynairaly Simo, Guardian of the Galaxy’s Zoe Saldaña and Michael Rooker, Brian Tyree Henry (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse), Nicole Byer (Nailed It!), and Cuban-born singer Gloria Estefan.
The film is produced by Sony Pictures Animation and features new songs from Miranda, the Pulitzer Prize-winning creator of Hamilton and In the Heights.
Aside from Vivo, Miranda is also involved in writing original songs for Encanto, another animated musical film by Disney.
The film is directed by Kirk DeMicco, who was nominated for an Academy Award for his work in The Croods, and is co-directed by Brandon Jeffords. Vivo is set to premiere on Netflix on August 6. – with reports from John Patrick Magno Ranara/Rappler.com
John Patrick Magno Ranara is a Rappler intern.