The upcoming animated film Koati has Hispanic talent all over it! Grammy-winner salsa superstar Marc Anthony and his Magnus Studios team join executive producer and lead actress Sofía Vergara in this feature comedy. “I am thrilled to join Sofía in a project where for the first time a renowned team of Hispanic producers, music stars, comedians, and actors come together outside of Hollywood to create an animated movie set up in the Latin American rainforests, which I feel is really exciting and long overdue,” the singer said, as reported by Deadline.
“I will leave no stone unturned on the music being authentic and celebrating the amazing story and message of Koati. It’s time to show the world and share what we Latinos have been enjoying for years in a very fun, inspirational film,” Marc Anthony added.
The New York-born Puerto Rican will executive produce the soundtrack of the movie alongside songwriter Julio Reyes Copello. Koati will include ten original songs, all from influential Latinx artists.
The film follows the story of three heroes — Nachi, “a free-spirited coati,” Xochi, “a fearless monarch butterfly”; and Pako, “a hyperactive glass frog” — who embark on an adventure to avoid an evil coral snake named Zaina from destroying a hidden rainforest of Latin America, “The Land of Xo.”
According to the official Instagram account of the movie, the features is “a gift from Latin America to the world.”
“Koati is a beautiful animated film full of fun and exotic characters that will make you laugh and also touch your heart. I couldn’t dream of a better partner than Marc Anthony to bring this project to life with authentic and powerful Latin American music,” said the Colombian actress. “Our team is very proud to finally share Koati with families around the world very soon!”
The animated movie has also been produced in English and Spanish with a cast that includes the voices of Oscar nominee Adriana Barraza, Joe Manganiello, Eduardo Franco, Evaluna Montaner, and Sebastián Villalobos.
Rodrigo Pérez-Castro is the project director, Simón Varela is the production designer and visual development artist, Ligiah Villalobos is the writer and cultural consultant, and Julio Reyes Copello is the producer. The team also includes producer and creator Anabella Dovarganes-Sosa, executive producer-chief story consultant Melissa Escobar and executive producers Luis Balaguer and Felipe Pimiento.
Koati is expected to be released later this year.