Sing, from Illumination, is by the same people who brought you both Despicable Me movies, and the Minions movie. It’s The Muppet Movie, life is a movie, write your own ending. It’s The Little Rascals, putting on a musical variety show in their barn. It’s Cat’s Don’t Dance, with a rag-tag bunch of has-beens and wanna-be’s crowing together in a theater to do something amazing. The trope of the downtrodden performers trying to show the world what they’re really made of is one of the favorite underdog stories in motion pictures, revisited time and again.
The first of these two trailers for the same film introduces us to some appealing characters: a koala theater owner named Buster who thinks he’s come up with an idea to save his beleaguered theater; his sheepish accountant (he actually is a sheep); some pigs, one of whom is vastly under-appreciate by her uncaring spouse, another a completely self-involved singer/dancer who is frankly kind of a ham (yes, we went there); a tough-guy mouse who croons as smoothly as he makes his deals; the son of the leader of a gang of bank-robbing gorillas, who only wants to be a singer and has a golden, soulful singing voice. Each one has a brilliant light inside them, each stymied by their life situations, and each hoping with all their hearts for something more.
That’s Taron Egerton, star of the Kingsman movies, as the voice of the young gangster gorilla.
If you’re listening to Krypton Radio at the moment, pause the stream so that you can hear the sound in these two trailers, paradoxically released only one day apart. You’re really going to want to. Since this movie is essentially about music, there is a lot to hear.
We’re going to make a prediction about this one. If you sing, even a little, Sing will make you glad you do. If you don’t sing, Sing will make you want to.
Sing features a voice cast of all-stars, including Scarlett Johanson, Mattew McConaughey, Taron Egerton, Reese Witherspoon, Nick Offerman, Seth McFarlane, John C. Reily and about a dozen others. It is written and directed by Garth Jennings, and comes out December 21, 2016.