Image: Illumination

While he may not be the best businessman, Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey) has the spirit of a showman; and anyone who is serious about showbiz knows one key thing. The show must go on! In an attempt to save his beloved theatre, Moon decides to host a singing contest. Que all animals great and small! From a tiny snail to a giraffe whose head in in the rafters, there are auditions of all kinds, their acts and varied as their species.

In the end, the line-up includes Gunter (Nick Kroll) and Rosita (Reese Witherspoon), two pigs with very different styles, Mike (Seth MacFarlane), a little mouse with big opinions of himself, Ash (Scarlett Johansson), the rock and roll porcupine, chronically shy elephant, Meena (Tori Kelly), and Johnny (Taron Egerton) the gorilla, wanting to find something more than the family business.

“When you’ve reached rock bottom, there’s only one way to go, and that’s up!” – Buster Moon

Having the title Sing, you can expect something special about the soundtrack. the auditions scene alone has more songs in it than you could count. Some musical pieces fit stereotypically to the animal characters performing, while others step out of the box, showing that you can do you, not just what people expect of you. Those who aren’t heavily into music will simply be able to enjoy the up beat songs, while for those with a little more knowledge may be able to identify reworks of their favourite songs in the background of some scenes.

As for the story line, it’s something that could have quite successfully been done live action instead of animation; the animal characters make a film that could have been for an older audience more entertaining for children, thus creating a great family film.

Of course, no children’s movie is complete without it moral and this film spells it out with one simple quote. “Don’t let fear stop you from doing the things you love!” – Buster Moon.


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