It took director Garth Jennings 5 years to conceive and create his first animated movie. Now, finally, this film is ready for release this Friday. Produced by Chris Meledandri, the man behind the “Despicable Me“ movies, and this year’s animated hit “The Secret Life of Pets“, Sing is a shifty theater owner, a koala named Buster, whose only way to save his business is to put on a singing competition with the help of his best friend. This animated kids’ movie would be filled with pop songs and all the characters would be animals. So, after Zootopia, if you’re eager to immerse yourself in another animal kingdom, Illumination Entertainment’s got you covered with Sing.
Before this Hollywood animated movie gets released this Friday, here are the five things you need to know about Sing.
1. Sing is all about a Koala named Buster Moon who is a local theatre owner, struggling to keep the lights on with the bank breathing down his neck who makes a last-ditch effort to save the theatre by staging a singing competition, with the help of his best friend.
2. From the director who is known for his films like “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” and “Son of Rambow,”, Sing an animated movie comes as a surprise. Garth Jennings returns from a nine-year hiatus with his first animated feature. He took about five years to conceive and develop this film.
3. The star cast is just superb. When it comes to the voice cast, Jennings was unwilling to settle for just any voice talent. He has managed to pull together an ensemble voice cast that that includes Scarlett Johansson, Leslie Jones, Matthew McConaughey, Seth MacFarlane, John C. Reilly, and Reese Witherspoon. The film’s koala protagonist, Buster is voiced by none other than Matthew McConaughey.
4. Music is Just Awesome. Sing is all about music, so the music has to be something to look forward to in this film. “Sing” features more than 85 songs, plucked from the last 75 years in music history. Among these tracks, you can expect a mix of recent hits (Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance,” Nicky Minaj’s “Anaconda,” Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me”) and vintage favourites (The Zombies’ “The Way I Feel Inside,” Bananarama’s “Venus,” Seal’s “A Kiss from a Rose”).
5. Sing has recently received Golden Globes nominations for the best-animated movie and best original song.