Sing Reviewed by Cam Eagle

The Premise
Set in a world like ours but entirely inhabited by animals, Buster Moon a dapper koala presides over a once-grand theatre that has fallen on hard times. Now faced with the crumbling of his life's ambition, he has one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory with a contest where the winner takes all.

The Review
Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey), a koala, is an eternal-some might even say delusional-optimist who loves his theatre above all and will do anything to preserve it. He enthusiastically produces what could be the world's greatest singing competition. Once the finalists are selected, Buster encourages his contestants to sing as ‘all your worries go away when you sing.’

Meenah (Tori Kelly), a shy elephant is both Buster’s protégé and his inspiration in this musical. This heartwarming moment is echoed by Johnny (Taron Egerton) making his dad proud and stealing the show, singing something he obviously loves and can actually do well.

From a crooning mouse (Seth MacFarlane) to an overtaxed mother pig (Reese Witherspoon), Sing is a big bunch of fun that keeps you smiling from the auditions to the closing credits.

This slightly predictable but delightful film has some genuine surprises and laugh out loud moments.

Nick Kroll brings a thespian German pig (Gunter) to life with quirky eccentricities; the frog trio has troubles when the lead is described as an intolerable egomaniac; And Scarlett Johansson rocks a punk porcupine (Ash) to life with mohawk spikes.

You’ll find yourself singing the songs from this movie for days to come.

The Verdict
Whatever your expectations of Sing, they will be met if not exceeded by this delightful film, full of the feel-good magic of singing animals.

The Trailer

The Info
Releases: 8th December 2016
Rating: G
Duration: 108 minutes 
Genre:  Animation, Family
Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Tori Kelly, Leslie Jones, Taron Egerton, John C. Reilly, Nick Kroll
Director: Garth Jennings

The Extras
The film features over 85 hit songs from the 1940s to the present day.

In the first time in an animated feature, Taron Egerton (the gorilla Johnny) sings 'The Way I Feel Inside' by The Zombies and 'Stay With Me' by Sam Smith, as seen in the full-length official trailer.

This is the first time that two Illumination films have been released in the same year. The Secret Life of Pets (2016) which released five months before Sing.

As the fourth animated feature film of 2016, next to Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016), The Angry Birds Movie (2016), and Zootopia (2016), Sing is set in a world of anthropomorphic animals.

This is the second film in 2016 to feature Scarlett Johansson in a voice-over role, following The Jungle Book (2016).

A sneak peek of the teaser trailer was released on February 11, 2016, featuring animals singing certain popular songs: 1.) A pig singing (and dancing to) 'Bad Romance' by Lady Gaga. 2.) A buffalo singing 'Butterfly' by Crazy Town. 3.) A sheep singing 'Kiss from a Rose' by Seal. 4.) A trio of rabbits singing 'Anaconda' by Nicki Minaj. 5.) A snail singing 'Ride Like the Wind' by Christopher Cross. 6.) The pig that tripped was starting to sing 'Venus' by Bananarama.

This is Seth MacFarlane's first voiceover work in a full-length animated feature not under his studio's Fuzzy Door Productions label.