Sing focuses on the character of Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey) a koala who grew up with a passion for theatre and dreamed of one day putting on his own hit show. After years of trying and failing, Buster is slowly losing customers, losing interest and losing his theatre. One last gasp attempt of salvation has Buster putting on a local singing competition where the winner will receive a cash prize of $1000 and a role in the theatre’s latest talent show style production. Flyers are printed but Buster’s one eyed iguana secretary misprints the flyer with a $100,000 cash prize. People come flocking for miles around to audition but will Buster be able to get the money?
Sing is a predictable yet loveable animation, which looks so incredible on the big screen. Filled with over 85 hit songs, the show is jam packed with good vibes and hilarious out-comes. A lot of heart, emotion and soul went into this animation, it doesn’t feel run of the mill it really becomes a deep exploration of talent, music, theatre and the pursuit of happiness.
Every character has a carefully wound back-story from Rosita (Reese Witherspoon) a pig with a wonderful singing voice, Johnny (Taron Egerton) a young gorilla who doesn’t want to go into his father’s business of bank robbing, Meena (Tori Kelly) an elephant who’s too shy to perform and show off her beautiful voice, a rock-star porcupine (Scarlett Johansson) who’s boyfriend tries to steal the lime-light at every turn and Mike (Seth MacFarlane) a Frank Sinatra style arrogant mouse.
Where the film doesn’t show us anything we’ve seen before (It eerily resembles a Pitch Perfect / theatrical crossover) what it does show us is heart, and lots of it. It’s not a game-changer but it’s a funny, well thought out and a fun, festive good time.
One for all ages, Sing really is a high note above any animation that has come out for some time.