Illumination Entertainment have scored hits with “Despicable Me” and spinoff “Minions,” and in 2016 they are hoping to knock two out of the park. “The Secret Life Of Pets” hits this summer, with the studio betting on animated cats and dogs packing ’em in (and to be fair, it does look kinda of cute). And then this holiday, they’re want to make you “Sing.”
Directed by Garth Jennings ( “Son of Rambow,” “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”), and featuring a star-studded voice cast including Matthew McConaughey, 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, the movie’s premise is basically an animal “American Idol.” Here’s the official synopsis:
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.
Packed with 85 songs, “Sing” opens on December 21st. Watch below.