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Sing  : A Cuddly Familiar Tune
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Friday, December 30, 2016
Animation Film
Garth Jennings
Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane

Baby koalas are so cute. Especially when it’s a bright-eyed and bushy tailed 6-year-old who falls in love with the magic of theatre. But when Buster Moon grows up, he can’t keep his father’s theatre running after a series of flop shows. The bank’s about to close in and take over.

 

A desperate but still spirited Buster Moon believes he can still pull it off with a new show to find the best musical talent in town.

 

What’s new? drawls his financier who can’t fund him anymore.

 

But Moon auditions an assortment of animals whose talent has been neglected. Rosita the pig mother who cooks, cleans and washes clothes for hubby and a string of kids with nobody noticing what a lovely voice she has. Ash the singing porcupine whose boyfriend has been forever putting her down. Johnny the gorilla who’d rather sing than be a robber which is the family business. Meena, the shy elephant who can’t open her trunk, sorry her mouth.

 

Meanwhile, Moon’s ageing assistant Miss Crawly has messed up bigtime on the prize money. With a bank manager ready to grab the theatre, gangsters after a dodgy but musical mouse, Johnny’s dad breaking out of jail and the cops on his trail, directors Christophe Lourdelet and Garth Jennings ensure that there’s never a dull moment. But can Moon stage the mother of all shows?

 

The never-give-up message and the latent talent in ordinary people that seeks an opportunity to surface, run to a prescribed format. The personal track of every animal also reads to a familiar script.

 

Yet there’s warmth in this 3D film. And animals and music with kids in the audience, do make a great combination.

 

The delightfully professional voices of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane and Scarlett Johansson further enrich the wonderful animation. 

 

For a neat treat for the little ones, Sing gets a 2.5* rating.

 

Reviewed by
Bharathi S Pradhan
Columnist, Critic & Author

 

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