Sing

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From animation studio Illumination Entertainment (Minions). A koala named Buster attempts to drum up business for his failing theatre by launching a singing competition. Features the voices of Scarlett Johansson, Matthew McConaughey, Seth MacFarlane, Reese Witherspoon, Taron Egerton and musician Tori Kelly.

Five lead contestants emerge: A mouse (MacFarlane) who croons as smoothly as he cons, a timid teenage elephant (Kelly) with an enormous case of stage fright, an overtaxed mother (Witherspoon) run ragged tending a litter of 25 piglets, a young gangster gorilla (Egerton) looking to break free of his family’s felonies, and a punk-rock porcupine (Johansson) struggling to shed her arrogant boyfriend and go solo. Each animal arrives under Buster’s marquee believing that this is their shot to change the course of their life.

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Illumination Entertainment

Animated, Comedy, Kids & Family, Musical

108mins

Rating: G

USA

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Look, if there’s one thing that can bring holiday cheer this festive season it’s a housewife pig fulfilling her dreams of singing Taylor Swift under the dazzling lights of whatever the animal equivalent of Broadway is. At least that’s what Minions-masters Illumination Entertainment’s Sing is banking on, taking the delightful animal world of Zootopia, stripping it of its complex moral teachings, and chucking in a whole lot of absolute pop bangers to boot.

The premise is simple enough for both a kid and a hungover adult to enjoy: a down and out koala called Mr Moon (Matthew McConaughey) needs to save his crumbling theatre and restore his father’s pride. He decides to hold open X Factor: Animal Kingdom-style auditions to star in his next production, dangling a $100,000 in prize money that may or may not exist. In comes a plethora of crooning creatures of every creed, from a chauvinistic mouse (fittingly voiced by Seth MacFarlane) to a punky hedgehog embodying pure first generation Avril Lavigne (Scarlett Johansson) to help save the day and put on The Best Show Ever.

The music from the likes of Katy Perry, Carly Rae Jepsen and Kelly Clarkson, I feel pretty safe saying you’d be a stone cold monster not to enjoy the soundtrack, even more so when it’s coming from a pig dressed like Goldmember. With several uproarious roadblocks and characters popping up along the way (big fan of the light-up squid), Sing will bring a smattering of laughs and hell of a lot of toe-tapping, but fails to hit any higher notes beyond being a cute jukebox musical.

Stuff.co.nz (James Croot)

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Your enjoyment will depend on your tolerance for flatulent bison, celebrity voice artists and Elton John songs from the 1980s.

Time Out New York

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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...

Variety (USA)

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Jennings and his cast manage to deliver a steady supply of laughs, while respecting one of Illumination’s core principles: It’s OK to be silly.

Guardian (UK)

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God, it’s so obnoxious. And the worst thing is that it works. I was smiling and applauding at the end, then I had to take a long walk alone to wonder what was wrong with me.

Hollywood Reporter

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Illumination’s latest plays to the company’s strengths, with inventive character and background design, hyper-rendered animation that pushes the technology envelope...

New York Times

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The aggregate effect is like aesthetic insulin shock, albeit from an artificial sweetener.

New York Post

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Who doesn't love a flamboyant, spandex-wearing swine with a Swedish accent who adores Lady Gaga? And there's a black sheep who is literally a black sheep.

FilmInk (Australia)

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Fun, entertaining, gorgeously animated, and full of good tunes...

Cute but kinda boring - good toe-tapping soundtrack though

'Sing' is a cute movie with a good soundtrack. I was tapping my toes along to the songs and there were a few laughs - it certainly wasn't hilarious though. The first hour was quite boring and disjointed. I could see some kids near me getting restless. It's really the last 30 minutes that saves this film. Not a patch on the likes of Zootopia or Moana though.


Sing

Sing is surprisingly good, better than I expected it to be. Fun and entertaining kids movie. The animation is pretty good. I was quite impressed with some of the actors' singing. Taron Egerton (Eggsy from Kingsman) is a fantastic singer. I noticed some of the animal character designs looked the same. It's not as edgy as Zootopia, but I had fun watching Sing. Grade: B-