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Anyone who’s paid even a little attention to popular culture in the past few years has a pretty good sense of what Lin-Manuel Miranda brings to the table. Between the filmed version of his musical triumph “Hamilton” last year and the movie adaptation of his previous work “In the Heights,” we’ve gotten a lot of Lin-Manuel.

But what if I told you you could have even more? Specifically, an animated musical about a singing kinkajou?

Yeah, I’m into it too.

“Vivo,” from Sony Animation, is currently streaming in Netflix. Directed by Kirk DeMicco and Brandon Jeffords from a screenplay by DeMicco and Quiara Alegria Hudes – not to mention original songs by Miranda – it’s a charming and heartfelt story about the lengths to which we will go to do right by the people who mean the most to us.

The animation is lovely, with some wonderful stylistic flourishes, and the narrative is sweetly simple. The film also features a strong voice cast, led by Miranda as the titular Vivo, and you only need to hear a few bars of the opening number to be VERY aware of who wrote the songs. With themes of love – both romantic and familial – and the difficulty of loss, it is a movie that offers all-ages appeal.

Published in Movies
Thursday, 09 March 2017 01:25

Previewing the 2017 World Baseball Classic

It's time for the world to take the field the 2017 World Baseball Classic has arrived. From March 6 through March 22, baseball teams from 16 different countries will try to win what has become the preeminent international competition within the sport.

Published in Sports

HAVANA Two of Major League Baseball's biggest names are in Havana as part of a sports diplomacy program that aims to foster personal ties between citizens of the U.S. and Cuba, two nations that have long seen eye-to-eye on little other their shared love for the sport.

Hall of Famer Barry Larkin and Ken Griffey Jr. a good bet to be enshrined after he becomes eligible are holding sports clinics for little-leaguers, talking baseball with Cuban fans and taking in a game featuring the powerhouse ball club Industriales.

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