Sing It Loud and Proud!
Movie Review by Megan Wahl, M Marketing+PR, www.mmarketingaz.com This is a sponsored post on behalf of Sing the movie. All opinions are my own. My family knows me. They always say make any show, commercial or movie with talking/singing animated animals and it’s guaranteed to make me Laugh Out Loud. Sing, the animated musical from the people who brought us Despicable Me and The Secret Life of Pets, is no exception.
From the start of this movie to the end I had a grin on my face from ear to ear (never mind the fact that my favorite Hollywood heart-throb, Matthew McConaughey, does the lead voice of Mr. Buster Moon…. these children’s animated movies are made to entertain parents, too, after all).
Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane and Scarlett Johansson are also among the star- studded lineup that lend their speaking and singing voices to Sing.
The plot is based on an old, run down theater that is in need of a fresh breath of air to help revive the once enchanting building and musical performances it supported. Mr. Moon, the owner of the theater, decides to hold a singing contest to generate excitement and, ultimately, make enough money to save the theater.
Mr. Moon has such a kind heart, that he has kept the same personal assistant on staff, a faithful one-eyed iguana named Miss Crawl (voiced by writer-director Garth Jennings himself) who is now much older and a little quirky. When Miss Crawl makes a serious type-o on the promotional flyer for the singing contest, the entire town lines up for auditions, in hopes of a big money payoff. However, money is only part of the lure for most of Sing’s other major characters, an assortment of talented animal hopefuls, which includes:
- Mike, a mouse on the hustle whose “rat pack” style is perfected by the voice of Seth MacFarlane;
- Rosita, a pink pig and mom of 25 piglets (Reese Witherspoon);
- Johnny, a teenage British gorilla (Taron Egerton) who doesn’t really want to follow in his father’s (Peter Serafinowicz) footsteps of bank-robber;
- Ash, a spiky porcupine with a punk-rock edge (Scarlett Johansson), whose acceptance onto the show jeopardizes her relationship with her loser boyfriend; and
- Meena (Tori Kelly), a painfully shy elephant at the back of the room with a voice of an angel, who is too scared to sing in front of others and ends up working as a stagehand for Moon.
With such a stellar cast on hand (even supporting and minor parts are voiced by the likes of Nick Offerman, Leslie Jones, Jennifer Saunders, Rhea Perlman, John C. Reilly, and Jennifer Hudson), you can’t help but tapping your feet and singing along with Sing.
If you like dancing pigs dressed in sequins, sensational teenage singing gorillas that can pull off a heist, and shy elephants with the voice of a legendary diva, then you and your children will absolutely love Sing. In fact, pre-order the DVD and the Soundtrack, because you will want to add this to your family movie night line-up.
Production companies: An Illumination presentation
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson,
John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton, Tori Kelly, Jennifer Saunders, Jennifer Hudson, Peter
Serafinowicz, Nick Kroll, Jay Pharoah, Leslie Jones, Nick Offerman, Beck Bennett.
Director/screenwriter: Garth Jennings
Co-director: Christophe Lourdelet
Animation directors: Patrick Delage, Pierre Leduc
Producers: Chris Meledandri, Janet Healy
Production and character designer: Eric Guillon
Editor: Gregory Perler
Music: Joby Talbot
Executive music producer: Harvey Mason Jr.
Music supervisor: Jojo Villanueva
Computer graphics supervisor: Boris Jacq
Casting: Allison Jones:
Rated PG, 110 minutes
All photos courtesy of singmovie.com