As the creative minds behind Despicable Me and the Minions spinoff movie, it’s little wonder why Illumination Entertainment’s upcoming animation Sing has garnered so much excitement.
Written and directed by Garth Jennings, the star-studded romp follows a chirpy koala called Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey), a theater manager keen to restore his once-proud home to its former glory. Buster’s ‘eureka!’ moment comes when he settles on the idea to host a singing competition, swinging open the theater doors to animals from every walk of life. Much like Zootopia before it, Jennings’ picture imagines a world completely devoid of humans, though today’s trailer stands as a pointed reminder that Sing has personality in spades.
Rubbing shoulder to furry shoulder with McConaughey are Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton, Tori Kelly, Nick Kroll, Jennifer Saunders, Peter Serafinowicz, Leslie Jones, Jay Pharoah, Nick Offerman and Beck Bennett.
Sing opens its doors to the American public on December 21. A UK release has been penciled in for January 27.
Set in a world like ours but entirely inhabited by animals, Sing stars Buster Moon (Academy Award® winner Matthew McConaughey), a dapper Koala who presides over a once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times. Buster is an eternal optimist — okay, maybe a bit of a scoundrel — who loves his theater above all and will do anything to preserve it. Now facing 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: A mouse (Seth MacFarlane) who croons as smoothly as he cons, a timid teenage elephant (Tori Kelly) with an enormous case of stage fright, an overtaxed mother (Academy Award® winner Reese Witherspoon) run ragged tending a litter of 25 piglets, a young gangster gorilla (Taron Egerton) looking to break free of his family’s felonies, and a punk-rock porcupine (Scarlett 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.