Vivo: We Speak with Director Kirk DeMicco and Writer Quiara Alegria Hudes

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Netflix’s latest animated musical Vivo tells of a one-of-kind kinkajou from Havana who finds himself in Miami on a mission of true love for his best friend. The movie has some tremendous talent behind it, including Lin-Manuel Miranda, Alex Lacamoire, Juan de Marcos González, Zoe Saldaña, and Gloria Estefan, among others.

In this interview, we spoke to Oscar nominated director Kirk DeMicco and writer Quiara Alegria Hudes about animated musicals and how they cracked the Vivo script.

Vivo follows a one-of-kind kinkajou (Lin-Manuel Miranda), who spends his days playing music to the crowds in a lovely square with his beloved owner Andreś (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 (Gloria Estefan), inviting her old partner to her farewell concert, it’s up to Vivo to deliver a message that Andrés never could. But to get to Marta, Vivo will need the help of Gabi (Ynairaly Simo) – an energetic tween who bounces to the beat of her own offbeat drum.

Vivo is the latest film by Oscar nominated director Kirk DeMarco and written by Quiara Alegria Hudes, with music composed by Alex Lacamoire, featuring the voice talents of Lin-Manuel Miranda, newcomer Ynairaly Simo, Juan de Marcos, Gloria Estefan, Zoe Saldaña, Michael Rooker, Brian Tyree Henry, Nicole Byer, Katie Lowes, Olivia Trujillo, and Lidya Jewett.

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