Know the Voice Cast: ‘Vivo’

Vivo Voice Cast - Lin-Manuel Miranda as Vivo and Ynairaly Simo as Gabi Hernández

The Vivo voice cast includes Lin-Manuel Miranda, Zoe Saldana and Brian Tyree Henry. This info article contains spoilers for Netflix’s 2021 collaboration with Sony Pictures Animation. Check out more streaming guides in the Know the Cast section.

Lin-Manuel Miranda headlines Vivo as the title character, a kinkajou who plays music in the streets of Havana. The lively character attempts to honor his late owner, Andrés, by traveling to Florida and delivering a hand-written song to the man’s former love interest, Marta (who left her homeland as a young woman and became a famous singer). For Vivo, director Kirk DeMicco (The Croods) co-wrote the screenplay with Quiara Alegría Hudes (In the Heights). The movie features original music from Miranda, who both sings and raps as the titular honey bear.  See below for a Know the Cast breakdown, which includes side-by-side images of Vivo’s cast members and characters.

Vivo Voice Cast: Lin-Manuel Miranda as Vivo

Vivo Voice Cast - Lin-Manuel Miranda as Vivo

Character Profile: A Cuban kinkajou who performs music in Havana with his owner, Andrés Hernández. After the elder musician passes away, Miranda’s character travels to Miami to deliver a love letter/song to the man’s former love interest, Marta Sandoval. In Florida, Vivo evades predators en route to Miami.

Miranda’s Resume: Creator and Star of Hamilton, Lee Scoresby in His Dark Materials, Fenton Crackshell-Cabrera in DuckTalesPiragüero in In the Heights

Vivo Voice Cast: Ynairaly Simo as Gabi Hernández

Vivo Voice Cast - Ynairaly Simo as Gabi Hernández

Character Profile: A Key West resident and member of the Sand Dollar cookie-selling troupe. As the grand-niece of the late Andrés, she clashes with her single mother and sneaks away with Vivo. By the climax, Gabi learns to cope with her father’s death by helping others.

Simo’s Resume: Herself in Creative Galaxy

Vivo Voice Cast: Zoe Saldana as Rosa Hernández

Vivo Voice Cast - Zoe Saldana as Rosa Hernández

Character Profile: Gabi’s mother, the widow of Andres’ nephew. She’s supportive of her daughter but often feels disrespected. Rosa doesn’t view herself as funny or musical, so she takes a practical approach when communicating with her daughter.

Saldana’s Resume: Laila in Drumline, Neytiri in Avatar, Cataleya in Colombiana, Uhura in Star Trek, Gamora in the MCU

Vivo Voice Cast: Juan de Marcos as Andrés Hernández

Vivo Voice Cast - Juan de Marcos González as Andrés Hernández

Character Profile: A legendary Cuban musician and Vivo’s owner. He intends to reunite with his former love interest, Marta, but passes away before her farewell performance. Vivo acquires a song that Andrés wrote for Marta and leaves for Florida to deliver it in person.

Marcos’ Resume: A Member of the Cuban Band Buena Vista Social Club

Vivo Voice Cast: Brian Tyree Henry as Dancarino

Vivo Voice Cast - Brian Tyree Henry as Dancarino

Character Profile: A hopeless romantic spoonbill who struggles to connect with others. Vivo teaches Dancarino how to properly communicate with his love interest, Valentina. He’s a passive character but has good intentions.

Henry’s Resume: Scrapper in Boardwalk Empire, Alfred “Paper Boi” Miles in Atlanta, Daniel Carty in If Beale Street Could Talk, Jefferson Davis in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Mike in Child’s Play

Vivo Voice Cast: Nicole Byer as Valentina

Vivo Voice Cast - Nicole Byer as Valentina

Character Profile: Dancarino’s love interest. She appreciates his plumage but makes awkward movements with her beak. She offers advice to Dancarino and helps Vivo evade predators.

Byer’s Resume: Office Nicole in Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, Jataun in Transparent, Leslie in All About Nina, Trudy Judy in Brooklyn Nine-Nine, 40 Oz. Bottle in Woke

Vivo Voice Cast: Gloria Estefan as Marta Sandoval

Vivo Voice Cast - Gloria Estefan as Marta Sandoval

Character Profile: A famous singer who knew Andrés in the past. She sends him a letter and requests his attendance at her farewell concert in Miami. By the end of Vivo, Marta learns about Andrés’ death and honors him by performing a song that he wrote for her decades prior.

Estefan’s Resume: A Three-Time Grammy Award Winner and Former Lead Singer of The Miami Sound Machine

Vivo Voice Cast: Michael Rooker as Lutador

Vivo Voice Cast - Michael Rooker as Lutador

Character Profile: An everglades python who hates noise. He chases Vivo up a tree but falls during a leap.

Rooker’s Resume: Henry in Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, Frank Bailey in Mississippi Burning, Sherman McMasters in Tombstone, Merle Dixon in The Walking Dead, Yondu Udonta in the MCU


The Vivo voice cast also includes Katie Lowes (Scandal), Olivia Trujillo (For All Mankind), Lidya Jewett (Good Girls), Christian Ochoa (Pitch) and Danny Pino (Mayans M.C.).

Q.V. Hough (@QVHough) is Vague Visages’ founding editor.

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