(2021) (voices of Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ynairaly Simo) (PG)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Computer-Animated Musical: A singer-musician kinkajou travels from Havana to Miami in hopes of delivering his musician friend's never-heard song to his former singing partner.
Andrés Hernandez (voice of JUAN DE MARCOS) and his singer-musician kinkajou partner, Vivo (voice of LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA), routinely perform on the streets of Havana, and make a living from their musical performances. One day, Andrés receives word that his former singing partner and unrequited love interest, Marta Sandoval (voice of GLORIA ESTEFAN), who moved from Cuba to America and became a huge star, is having her last performance in Miami. And she wants him to join her on stage for one last collaboration.
But Andrés isn't sure, what with being an old man, and Vivo is quite happy staying in Cuba. Accordingly, when Andrés decides to go -- particularly to deliver a song he wrote for her that no one has ever heard -- Vivo tries to dissuade him. But once Vivo comes around, it's too late...forever. After meeting Andrés' niece, Rosa (voice of ZOE SALDANA), and her preteen daughter, Gabi (voice of YNAIRALY SIMO), Vivo secretly decides to return with them to Key West, determined to get his friend's song to Marta at Miami's Mambo Cabana club.
Gabi is quickly on board with Vivo's plan and defies her mom's order that the girl sell cookies with the other members -- Becky (voice of KATIE LOWES), Eva (voice of OLIVIA TRUJILLO), and Sarah (voice of LIDYA JEWETT) -- of the local Sand Dollars cookie club. Trying to elude them, Vivo and Gabi end up on a roundabout journey to Miami where they must contend with a huge python, Lutador (voice of MICHAEL ROOKER), while also helping spoonbill Dancarino (voice of BRIAN TYREE HENRY) find love with fellow spoonbill Valentina (voice of NICOLE BYER). With the clock ticking down to Marta's performance, the unlikely duo does what they can to get Andrés' song to her.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Those who enjoy computer-animated films featuring animals that talk - or are fans of Lin-Manuel Miranda (of "Hamilton" fame) - will probably want to see it.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG
- For some thematic elements and mild action.
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