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American Idol – the animal edition.

If you asked me to sum up Illumination’s newest animated venture, SING, that is exactly what comes to mind. But I know what you are thinking – how many talking animal movies can one see in the course of a year? And American Idol – that was so done many seasons ago. How can this movie be any good at all? Give it a chance….

Without giving away any spoilers, the characters of SING will warm your heart and be a welcome treat for your whole family this holiday season. All too much we are exposed to movies that bring doom and gloom or excessive violence, inappropriate scenarios or too much innuendo. SING is devoid of all that.

Instead, SING brings this message:

Don’t let fear stop you from doing what you love.

SING does not promise to be the next blockbuster hit. But for a holiday movie, this is a welcome treat that will have everyone leaving the theater feeling good with a message that resonates. SING focuses on people coming together, for a common good, and bettering all involved.  To quote Buster Moon, “You know what’s great about hitting rock bottom, there’s only one way left to go, and that’s up!”

Wondering if the kids will like SING? Here is my 9 year old’s opinion:

Sing is about a koala, Buster, who has a theater that is hitting hard times. So Buster decides to put on a singing competition. I love the movie setup and how the theater is modeled after an old, rustic, crumbling theater you might pass on a road trip. The movie animation is so detailed. The animation seemed like it was filmed in a real place. The characters are: Buster Moon, a koala; Mike, a mouse; Mrs.Crawl, an iguana; Miss Nana Noodleman, a sheep; Rosita, a pig;  Ash, a porcupine; Johnny, a gorilla;  Eddie Noodleman, a sheep;  Meena an elephant;  and finally, Gunter, a very funny pig.

My favorite character was Meena who is a shy elephant who has a very pretty singing voice. She is my favorite character because she faces her fears just before the movie and is a good animal who will do anything to help make the show  go on. Meena is very kind and is very helpful someone who a parent would want their kid to be like.

The whole movie is just amazing,and has some heartwarming family parts, something the whole family will enjoy.

Released by Universal Pictures, Sing arrives in theaters on December 21, 2016.


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. 

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. 

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.

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.

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