SING by Universal Pictures is Coming to Theaters December 21
How many of you remember watching Star Search when you were younger? Did you ever dream of getting up on the stage and singing yourself? I remember wishing, even doing that with my friends. For years my siblings would throw a word out and see if I could sing a song about whatever it was. I LOVED to sing. Even in my early 20’s I would sing karaoke with a few close friends/family members, it wasn’t until I got sick that I stopped singing. This wouldn’t stop me though when I attended local gatherings and we’d sing holiday songs. Yes, I still love to sing. My kids love to sing, so why would I miss out on watching SING by Universal Pictures. This looks like such a cute movie, one many of us can relate to as well.
About the film
Illumination has captivated audiences all over the world with the beloved hits Despicable Me, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, now the second-highest-grossing animated movie in history. Following the release of this summer’s comedy blockbuster The Secret Life of Pets, Illumination presents Sing this holiday season. How many of you went and saw that? I really liked that movie and so did the kids, in fact the younger boys want dogs now because of it.
With its highly relatable characters, heart and humor, the first collaboration between writer/director Garth Jennings (Son of Rambow, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) and Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri marks the sixth fully animated feature from the studio.
The event film stars Academy Award® winners Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon, alongside Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton and Grammy Award-nominated Tori Kelly.
Set in a world like ours but entirely inhabited by animals, Sing stars Buster Moon (McConaughey), a dapper koala who presides over a once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times. Buster is an eternal—some might even say delusional—optimist who loves his theater above all and will do anything to preserve it. Now faced with the crumbling of his life’s ambition, he has one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the world’s greatest singing competition. Come on we all know a competition will draw out anyone trying to either get lucky with fame or take a chance they never thought they had.
Five lead contestants emerge: Mike (MacFarlane), a mouse who croons as smoothly as he cons; Meena (Kelly), a timid teenage elephant with an enormous case of stage fright; Rosita (Witherspoon), an overtaxed mother run ragged tending a litter of 25 piglets; Johnny (Egerton), a young gangster gorilla looking to break free of his family’s felonies; and Ash (Johansson), a punk-rock porcupine struggling to shed her arrogant boyfriend and go solo. Egerton’s character kind of breaks my heart since he doesn’t want in the family business and must break his father’s heart telling him and explaining he ust wants to sing. In a time where a child struggles to find themselves he is faced with all types of obstacles.
Each arrives under Buster’s marquee believing that this is their shot to change the course of their life. And as Buster coaches each of his contestants closer and closer to the grand finale, he starts to learn that maybe the theater isn’t the only thing that is in need of saving.
Featuring more than 65 hit songs, Sing is produced by Meledandri and his longtime collaborator Janet Healy. Together, they have produced all of Illumination’s films since the studio’s inception. Released by Universal Pictures, Sing arrives in theaters on December 21, 2016.
Stay tuned, there’ll be a giveaway coming up very soon for this.