A gifted Kinkajou embarks on a journey to Miami, Florida to deliver a song to an old associate of his friend. Joining him in his quest is Gabi, a spirited young gal whose insufferable nature threatens to destroy the bond they forge.
Vivo is entertaining enough, thanks to its unique array of musical numbers. What it lacks in story and depth, it makes up for in the wonderful songs and dazzling visuals.
Helmed by Kirk DeMicco, this animated musical stars Lin-Manuel Miranda as a mammalian creature named Vivo who is gifted in music. When his longtime pal unexpectedly passes away, he takes it on himself to fulfill his dying wish and go to Miami, Florida where he must deliver a song to a famous singer.
Vivo hides in the backpack of a girl named Gabi (she is the grand-niece of his late friend). Though musically inclined, she lacks the finesse that the art form needs.
Together, Vivo and Gabi go on a journey of adventure, friendship, and musical renditions, learning some valuable lessons along the way.
The plot is cliche and the story is more or less a rip-off of most musicals and animated movies. The character designs are a little disappointing, with the first 20 minutes of the film almost unbearable to watch.
Thankfully, the pace picks up and things become interesting when Gabi and Vivo begin their musical journey.
The voice acting is not bad and the best part of the movie is the songs and the bright and colourful visual illustrations that go with them.
Lin-Manuel Miranda may not be an outstanding voice actor but the dude sure knows music and how to compose memorable songs.
In all, Vivo isn't on par with some of Disney's best animated movies but it carries with it the basic elements that make for a fun and entertaining encounter.