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It's like The Voice - but for animals (with 'steeze')
Who said animations are just for kids? The creators of Despicable Me, Illumination Entertainment, have once again delivered the goods and brought us another family animation for all ages - Sing.
Buster Moon, a spirited and entrepreneurial koala is at the heart of the story, voiced by the much-loved Matthew McConaughey who brings his witty personality into every aspect of the fictional character. At age 6, his father took him to his first ever production, where his love for show-business blossomed, inspiring him to open Moon Theatre. But after years of unsuccessful shows, the theatre is in financial trouble, and Buster needs to find a way to make Moon Theatre great again. With that in mind, he strives to create the best musical show with a cast of other aspiring animal performers who are similarly trying to navigate their own personal troubles. Although Sing is a children's film featuring a full animal cast, the situations that the characters find themselves in are familiar to that of human life.
Moon's loyal but elderly one-eyed lizard assistant Mrs Crawl (voiced by director Garth Jennings), accidentally prices the prize money at $100,000 - money that Buster does not have. As the auditions take place, we are introduced to the hilarious main characters that make up this feel-good film, matched with an entertaining and vibrant soundtrack, it's impossible not to move your feet to the beat.
The finalists of the show include Rosita (voiced by Reese Witherspoon), an everyday stay at home mum of 25 piglets who dreams of doing something other than cleaning, washing and cooking, encouraged by her dancing partner Gunter to let her hair down. Scarlett Johansson also rocks us away with her alternative punk porcupine character who wants to make it in a world of superficial image-driven pop. Tori Kelly as the shy yet very talented elephant Meena attempts to overcome her stage fright, impressing us with her strong vocals that stand out amongst the other animals, and Taron Egerton as Johnny the English gorilla struggles to find a balance between being in his father's criminal gang, or following his dream of becoming a singer. Ultimately, each character comes to realise that the prize money does not exist, but it's their passion that encourages them to continue despite not winning anything in the end. Buster manages to pull off the best show to ever brace Moon Theatre, impressing the rich Nana Noodleman (Jennifer Saunders), who agrees to invest in the theatre.
The A-list cast mixed with familiar music and appealing cute animal characters makes this film a 2016 standout for anyone who enjoys a good laugh. Sing is filled with an undercurrent of meaningful notions about being brave, not giving up, following your dream, and that money isn't everything. Although it is a kids film, many adults will feel a spark ignite when watching this adorable flick. What are you waiting for? Perhaps it's time to chase your dream - these are a couple of things that come to mind when enjoying Sing. Alongside the main stars of the show, is Gunter (voiced by Nick Kroll) Rosita's dancing companion and a total highlight, who captivates the crowd with his comedic German accent, costume choices, and amusing and frivolous persona.
Overall, director Garth Jennings brings us another fantastic addition to his already impressive repertoire, having directed The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy in 2005. Head down to participating cinemas in Adelaide to enjoy this feature that is more entertaining than any reality music show.
Sing will be playing in cinemas around Adelaide from December 26