Nope, not Vivo!

Next year, Sony Pictures Animation will release Vivo, a new animated musical featuring 11 songs written by Hamilton‘s Lin-Manuel Miranda. According to the studio, Vivo tells the tale of  “a capuchin with a thirst for adventure — and a passion for music — who makes a treacherous passage from Havana to Miami to fulfill his destiny.”

Of course, there need to be toys for such an adventure, and Florida-based Jazwares is stepping up to the plate thanks to a new licensing deal with Sony Pictures Consumer Products.

Jazwares First ActThe collection will include figures, play sets, and plush, with a line of musical instruments to be designed and marketed through Jazwares’ wholly-owned subsidiary First Act. All products are expected to hit retail next fall, just in time for Vivo‘s debut in U.S. theaters on Nov. 6, 2020.

“Finding a property as committed to the importance of music in a child’s life as we are is a special, connected experience for us. Our line will bring to life Vivo’s journey from Havana to sunny South Florida! Consumers can look forward to products that bring lush settings and vibrant characters to life incorporating music every step of the way,” says Laura Zebersky, chief commercial officer at Jazwares.

“We couldn’t imagine a better fit for Vivo than Jazwares. Their love for music and ability to create great products will allow fans to bring the magic of Vivo home,” says Jamie Stevens, EVP of Sony Pictures Consumer Products.

Top Photo: It’s not Vivo, but since there’s no stills from the film available, we used a stock photo of a monkey. Thanks, Pixabay!

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James Zahn

James Zahn

James Zahn, AKA The Rock Father, is Editor-in-Chief of The Toy Book, a Senior Editor at The Toy Insider and The Pop Insider, and Editor of The Toy Report, The Toy Book‘s weekly industry newsletter. As a pop culture and toy industry expert, Zahn has appeared as a panelist and guest at events including Comic-Con International: San Diego (SDCC) Wizard World Chicago, and the ASTRA Marketplace & Academy. Zahn has more than 30 years of experience in the entertainment, retail, and publishing industries, and is frequently called upon to offer expert commentary for publications such as Forbes, Marketwatch, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, USA Today, Reuters, the Washington Post, and more. James has appeared on History Channel’s Modern Marvels, was interviewed by Larry King and Anderson Cooper, and has been seen on Yahoo! Finance, CNN, CNBC, FOX Business, NBC, ABC, CBS, WGN, The CW, and more. Zahn joined the Adventure Media & Events family in 2016, initially serving as a member of the Parent Advisory Board after penning articles for the Netflix Stream Team, Fandango Family, PBS KIDS, Sprout Parents (now Universal Kids), PopSugar, and Chicago Parent. He eventually joined the company full time as a Senior Editor and moved up the ranks to Deputy Editor and Editor-in-Chief.