Singing animals. A koala bear hustler. A mouse who can channel Sinatra.
BQB here with a review of Sing.
Non-Disney animation studios have always been at a disadvantage. They’ve put out some great, funny films over the years, but rarely do they ever churn out something that could be called a “classic.”
Disney’s got the schmaltzy, heart string tugging formula down and it doesn’t hurt that they have a couple of parks to indoctrinate kids into their universe at a young age either.
I think Illumination, the studio who gave us those pesky minions, have brought us an instant classic with Sing.
Matthew (“Aw right, aw right, aw right”) McConaughey voices producer/down on his luck charlatan Buster Moon, a koala bear desperately trying to save the theater his father helped him build. He thinks an American Idol-esque singing contest will do the trick, but alas, a typo on the advertising flyers courtesy of his incompetent secretary/iguana Miss Crawly lands him in hot water.
- Rosita (Reese Witherspoon) – A pig/stay at home mom who feels her vocal talents are being wasted in a life spent washing clothes and grocery shopping.
- Mike (Seth MacFarlane) – A mouse who sings like Frank Sinatra with a gambling program that has left him in hock to a bunch of angry bears.
- Ash (Scarlett Johansson) – A punk rocker porcupine, or “punkupine” if you will, trying to decide whether or not to stick with her loser boyfriend/bandmate or strike out on her own.
- Johnny (Taron Egerton) – A gorilla forced into a life of crime by his bank robbing father.
- Meena (Tori Kelly) – A shy elephant who would be a great singer if she can just get up the nerve.
Along the way, there are frogs who appropriately sing Van Halen’s Jump, bunnies who pay tribute to Sir Mix-a-Lot, and an alligator who sings the Humpty Dance.
Each character has his/her own reasons for wanting to win the contest and by the end of the film you find yourself rooting for all of them. The kids will enjoy it but you will too.
STATUS: Shelf-worthy. Worth a trip to the theater.