Imagine an animated X factor; but instead of weepy teens, the spotlight is on pigs in leotards and various other charismatic critters. Illumination is most notable for creating Despicable Me yet Sing is more reminiscent of Zootropolis, without the political subtext and a whole lot more showbiz. Part-time impresario and full-time Koala Buster Moon’s (Matthew McConaughey) theatre is on the brink of financial collapse. In a desperate attempt to save it, he plots a singing competition. The contestants flood in, including a pig housewife (Reese Witherspoon) a porcupine with an equally prickly attitude (Scarlett Johansson) and of course, a Gorilla with a passion for piano. Sing continues to tick all the typical talent show boxes, as the painfully shy underdog (under-elephant) stuns the audience and leaves the other over-confident creatures in the shadows. The fun is infectious, but is it enough to restore Buster’s theatre to its former glory?
“The breakneck pacing and the fizzing energy of the storytelling make this an unexpectedly joyful experience.” (Guardian)
“Sing swiftly makes it clear that it’s not here for anything other than a good time. And a good time it has” (NME) (research Grace Atkins). It should teach the X-Factor something, but its not listening.