Sing – Auditions begin 2016

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Welcome to the Moon Theater, located in an humanoid animal populated version of L.A., owned now by the koala Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey), and impresario that loves his job more than anything, and has dreamed of nothing but making audience happy since he was a kid. As for now, many years of questionable shows and low attendance has taken a toll on Buddy, but he does not want to give up his dream. His only two supporters are his secretary, Miss Crawly (Garth Jennings), an ancient alligator with a twitchy glass eye, and Eddie (John C. Reilly), a sheep whose family has been in the theater business for decades. Eddie’s a slacker, and lives in the family pool house.

Buster is getting desperate and is looking for a sure-fire hit to bring in the masses. He comes up with the idea of a singing contest. In hopes of getting many contestants, he has Miss Crawly make a publicity flier to distribute to get animals interested, and offers up $1000 as prize money. Miss crawly’s twitchy glass eye gets loose and goes haywire over the keyboard while she is designing the fliers, and the prize is listed as $100,000. Before she knows what has happened, the fliers are printed, copied, and sent out into the streets via a high-powered fan and an open window.

This is the story of what happens when six certain creatures have these fliers come across their path. All of these critters have a talent for music, and when they see the fliers, they jump on the chance to get noticed. First is Rosita (Reese Witherspoon), a porcine housewife and mother to twenty-five little piglets. She has an amazing voice, but not much motion. She later gets paired up with another pig, Gunter (Nick Kroll), whose voice is passable, but he can really kick out some dance moves. Next is Johnny (Taron Egerton), a gorilla whose father is the boss of a gang of thieves that go after high-end heists. Johnny wants to sing, and he is a natural at it, but his “family business” keeps hold him back, but his father, “Big Daddy” (Peter Serafinowicz) wants him to be part of the underground. Another flier lands on the quills of Ash (Scarlet Johansson), a hard rocking porcupine that is in a duo with her boyfriend, Lance (Beck Bennett) that has far more talent than he ever will. Down the road, a flier lands in front of Mike, a tiny mouse with an ego bigger than a whale, but the talent to back it up. Mike’s talent is smooth jazz and old standards. This mouse sounds like he came right out of The Rat Pack. Lastly is Meena (Tori Kelly), an elephant with a timid personality that keeps holding back all the talent her amazing rhythm and blues background can send out.

These are only the animals that make the cut, but hundreds show up for the auditions, both solo and group acts, singing everything from opera to J-Pop, and the selection is process is exhausting and hilarious. Add this to the fact that Buster keeps avoiding his financial obligations in the process of finding a quick fix to take care of them, and you get a high energy movie that you will never get tired of. You can find the soundtrack just about anywhere, and you will want it, as these songs will stick with you for days. If you love all kinds of music, you must see Sing!

I give this film a Musing review of ★★★★★☆