TrailerWatch: Sing!

sing onesheetDid you check out the Grammys last night?  Pretty cool — especially the Hamilton win for Best Musical Theater Album.  (And how about that kickass acceptance speech by Lin-Manuel Miranda?)

You may have seen the trailer for Sing in-between all the awards show awesomeness…but in case you didn’t (or if you want to see it again), here it is.  What’s it all about?  Synopsis!

A koala named Buster recruits his best friend to help him drum up business for his theater by hosting a singing competition.

The trailer looks absolutely adorable, and hints at an all-ages type of comedy that should keep the kiddies entertained (singing animals!) while giving grownups a chuckle or two (I’m loving the cover of Crazy Town’s “Butterfly”…)  As this is American Idol’s final season, it’s a pretty timely story.  And getting actors with great chops – like Scarlett Johansson, Reese Witherspoon, John C. Reilly, Seth MacFarlane and Nick Offerman – ain’t too shabby either.  Bonus: seeing Nick Kroll, Leslie Jones, and AbFab‘s Jennifer Saunders on the cast list means there’s sure to be some high-quality laughs.

Check out the trailer below, and read on after the jump for the full press release! Sing hits theaters December 21st, 2016.

Illumination has captivated audiences all over the world with the beloved hits Despicable Me, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, now the second- highest-grossing animated movie in history.  Following the release of The Secret Life of Pets in summer 2016, Illumination presents Sing at the holidays.  Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton and Tori Kelly star in a musical comedy about finding the shining star that lives inside all of us.

Set in a world like ours but entirely inhabited by animals, Sing stars Buster Moon (Academy Award® winner Matthew McConaughey), a dapper Koala who presides over a once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times.  Buster is an eternal optimist—okay, maybe a bit of a scoundrel—who loves his theater above all and will do anything to preserve it.  Now facing the crumbling of his life’s ambition, he has one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the world’s greatest singing competition.

Five lead contestants emerge: A mouse (Seth MacFarlane) who croons as smoothly as he cons, a timid teenage elephant (Tori Kelly) with an enormous case of stage fright, an overtaxed mother (Academy Award® winner Reese Witherspoon) run ragged tending a litter of 25 piglets, a young gangster gorilla (Taron Egerton) looking to break free of his family’s felonies, and a punk-rock porcupine (Scarlett Johansson) struggling to shed her arrogant boyfriend and go solo.  Each animal arrives under Buster’s marquee believing that this is their shot to change the course of their life.

Featuring more than 85 hit songs, Sing is written and directed by Garth Jennings (Son of Rambow, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) and produced by Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy.  Released by Universal Pictures, Sing arrives in theaters for the holiday season on December 21, 2016.  http://www.singmovie.com

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