We’ve seen one or two (thousand) studio toons that feature talking animals. Now get ready for the fauna to kick it up a notch. Looking past this summer’s The Secret Life Of Pets and coming off last year’s megahit Minions, Illumination Entertainment gives us a first look at its Christmas release Sing. Or maybe, in homage to a once-popular, soon-to-be-overwith competition series, Animal Idol.
Matthew McConaughey voices Buster Moon, a koala whose once-bustling theater is on the skids and who comes up with a plan to revive it: by holding a singing contest that’s open to everyone and boasts a $100,000 prize. Naturally, it draws the talented, the not-as-talented and the William Hungs of the animal kingdom. Among the top contestants are a crooning, conning mouse (Seth MacFarlane), a teenage pachyderm with stage fright (Tori Kelly), a wiped-out sow (Reese Witherspoon) with a Duggar-like brood of piglets, a wanted gorilla (Taron Egerton) looking to escape his family’s felonious past and a punk-rock porcupine (Scarlett Johansson) trying to break free from an overbearing boyfriend. Got all that?
Awash in hit records that will keep grownup toes tappin’, Sing comes from writer-director Garth Jennings. Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy are the producers. Universal opens the songfest December 21. Give the teaser a look and listen, and tell us what you think.