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The makers of 'Despicable Me' have delivered a fun, toe-tapping animated musical about various animals living in the city and pursuing their dream to be singers

This delightful animated feature from the studio behind the Minions movies takes a tired-sounding idea – a comedy set around a talent contest – and turns it into something winning and witty. ‘Sing’ is fast and frenetic, dashing from character to character, song to song. Our hero is a koala, Buster Moon (voiced by Matthew McConaughey), a throwback theatre owner-cum-producer down on his luck. With the help of his ageing female assistant, a lizard (voiced by the film’s writer-director Garth Jennings), Buster initiates a singing contest in an attempt to save his crumbling theatre. But a clerical error bumps the prize money up from $1000 to $100,000, and suddenly every singing beast in town is queueing at his door for a chance of winning the cash.

There’s Johnny (Taron Egerton), a British gorilla uneasy with his father’s criminal lifestyle; Rosita (Reese Witherspoon), the harried porcine mother of 25 hungry piglets; Meena (Tori Kelly), an extremely shy elephant; Ash (Scarlett Johansson), a jilted porcupine; and Mike (Seth MacFarlane), a crooning, boastful mouse. Like the most effective TV talent shows, ‘Sing’ balances snapshots of each creature’s home life with their emergence into the spotlight of potential fame. The rush of familiar music – Queen, Elton John, Leonard Cohen – often sung by the voice actors themselves, can feel like listening to a karaoke jukebox in overdrive, but a welcome focus on relationships, emotions and other details of each character’s life stops this feeling superficial.

Anyone who’s seen Disney’s recent ‘Zootropolis’ might find familiar the vision of a busy American city populated entirely by non-humans. But Jennings (‘Son of Rambow’, ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’) just runs with the idea without throwing any jokes or comments in its direction. The animation itself might not be the most inventive out there (this isn’t Pixar), but where ‘Sing’ soars is in its one-by-one attention to its ensemble of beasts and its obvious passion for music: it’s near impossible to watch this film and not be humming The Beatles’ ‘Golden Slumbers’ for days afterwards.

By: Dave Calhoun

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Rated: U
Release date: Friday January 27 2017
Duration: 108 mins

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Director: Garth Jennings
Screenwriter: Garth Jennings

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Alexandra L
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Illumination Entertainment have given us some of the funniest & smartest films of recent years and with ‘Sing’ they continue to deliver animation that adults want to see as much as their pint-sized compatriots. Taking a concept familiar to anyone who’s turned on their TV over the last decade of Saturday nights, the movie follows Buster Moon, a softly-furred but sassily-spoken koala who puts on a singing competition in order to raise the money needed to save his beloved theatre. As Moon, Matthew McConnaughey is terrific and every bit as amiable as you’d expect a cartoon version of him to be and, less than ably assisted by his ageing lizard secretary whose antics are literally eye-popping, he combs through & grooms some of the unlikeliest musical talents that pop up before us.


Funniest by miles is Nick Kroll’s Gunter, a sparkled-spandex wearing pig whose dance talents know no boundaries and who helps bring Reese Witherspoon’s downtrodden Rosita to life. You’ve also got a trio of egotistical frogs, a shy elephant hiding the voice of a true diva, a gorilla turning his back on the family life of crime and a wannabe-gangster mouse with ambitions that dwarf his diminutive size. John C Reilly, Seth MacFarlane and Scarlett Johansson are just three of the stars lending their tremendous talents to a cast of ragtag misfits and motley contenders for the crown of reality TV talent shows.


While it’s not quite as funny as last year’s ‘Secret Life of Pets’ or anything containing the Minions – I literally weep with laughter while watching the trailer for ‘Despicable Me 3’ – this is still a film that knows its audience and its subject matter and the script is, by turn, sweet, empathetic and moving. The message of being yourself and having confidence and allowing yourself to be true to who you are will speak to you whether you’re 5 or 45 and the animation itself is charming and at times, very very funny. If you’re looking for something to while away a Saturday afternoon in front of, ‘Sing’ will leave you upbeat, cheerful and humming at least one of the covered songs for hours afterwards.

elladacas
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I watched Sing a few days ago and I'm still talking about it !!! I loved it!! If you enjoy musicals then this animation was made with you in mind

The characters are interesting and endearing even when they're misbehaving. Its a funny,light hearted animation filled with songs we all know and love and voices you'll fall in love with.

Sonia C

Fun, frothy, frivolous & highly entertaining. Gunter the pig is worth the admission price alone. I had a massive smile on my face throughout & was laughing out loud at some of the visual gags & one liners. The final concert was surprisingly immersive- I felt like clapping at the end!!

Mazzie Cee
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I’m a sucker for an animated movie. However 'Sing' lacks the clever adult in-jokes that the likes of Shrek, Toy Story and Despicable Me have crafted. It would seem 'Sing' was counting for its unique feature, to be a heap of cute animals to belt out karaoke favourites and recent hits, which never seems enough. There are some funny moments like anything with the one-eyed Miss Crawley and the car wash scene, however whilst the kids may find this hilarious, I found this less fulfilling, but then I'm am over 10 years old..

Haley W
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A light hearted movie that will have you tapping your toes to the tunes belted out by the random clad of animals entering the singing contest.