Lin-Manuel Miranda started working on the tale and music for the animated musical Vivo in 2009, but the songs finished up sitting in his trunk for a number of a long time though In the Heights and Hamilton took place. The Tony-successful author revisited the project with his In the Heights collaborator Quiara Alegría Hudes, and the outcome is the initially-ever musical from Sony Photographs Animation, streaming now on Netflix.

The film follows the adventures of Vivo, a kinkajou (a.k.a. a rainforest honeybear) as he groups up with tween Gabi to produce a musical love letter from his proprietor in Havana to a long-shed enjoy in Miami. The two are reverse personalities: Vivo, voiced by Miranda, is controlled and graceful Gabi, voiced by newcomer Ynairaly Simo, is buck wild.

“I imbued this character of Gabi with a large amount of daily life and creativity, spunk and pizzaz, and wildness,” Hudes states. “I was really energized to compose a wild woman. I truly feel like a ton of the girl figures that I iconically grew up with in fairytales were dealing with being superior girls, and working with staying pleasant. I needed Gabi to not be working with that.”

Study: Watch ‘Keep the Beat’ From Vivo, the Animated Musical With Songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda

These opposites arrive to engage in in other elements of the film as very well, contrasting the previous-planet Cuban music with the loud, neon sounds of Miami. Tony winner Alex Lacamoire, himself a Cuban-American from Miami, composed the rating for the movie and serves as govt music producer. “I assume that this motion picture is a true appreciate letter to Cuba, and Cuban music, and to what it indicates,” he states. Lacamoire, along with Miranda, imbued the rating with the sounds of Havana—salsas, boleros, danzón, reggaeton, and the flute of the charanga. And, of system, there is certainly a rap for wild youngster Gabi.

In the long run, Vivo and Gabi, tasked with delivering this love letter, journey from Havana by way of the Everglades to Miami. The letter reunites the two aged enjoys, Andrés and Marta, voice by Buena Vista Social Club’s Juan De Marcos and Grammy-successful Latin pop legend Gloria Estefan, but also brings Vivo and Gabi collectively.

“It truly is a love letter to audio, and to what it can do,” suggests co-director and co-screenwriter Kirk DeMicco.

Miranda provides: “What is fascinating is it is about songs staying capable to bridge distances. It is really about how audio and enjoy are definitely kind of the identical point.”

The musical also capabilities the voice about talent of Zoe Saldaña as Gabi’s mother, Michael Rooker as a villainous Everglades python, Brian Tyree Henry and Nicole Byer as a pair of star-crossed spoonbills, and Katie Lowes, Olivia Trujillo, and Lidya Jewett as a trio of scouts. It is really manufactured by Lisa Stewart, Michelle Wong, and Loaded Moore and government made by Miranda, Laurence Mark, and Louis Koo Tin Lok.