SING

★★★½

Voices by Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Tori Kelly, Taron Egerton, Nick Kroll, Nick Offerman, Garth Jennings, Leslie Jones, Jennifer Saunders
Directed by Garth Jennings, Christophe Lourdelet
2016 / 108 Minutes / Universal Pictures

There has been a number of really fantastic animated films in 2016 (Kubo & the Two Strings, Finding Dory, Zootopia) Sing has a lot to compete with. Unfortunately it doesn’t quite reach those levels of greatness, but it does have a charming fun vibe to it that makes it a pleasant watch for families.

Sing has some great musical moments, but we’ve seen this story. An old theatre needs money to keep it running so the cast of animals plans a big impressive show. Kind of sounds a lot like 2011’s The Muppets. It’s a simple premise that has worked before and still continues to.

The cast of characters are a lot of fun, but not quite as memorable as other animated films from this year. We just saw Zootopia so we’ve already visited a modern city inhabited by animals which could be why I felt like I’ve been here before. There was one character that really stole the show, Miss Crowley a senile old iguana with a glass eye, voiced by director Garth Jennings. She has some of the funniest moments in the movie. I also really enjoy the storyline of Johnny, a gorilla whose mobster father wants him to follow in his criminal footsteps. I loved story and where it ended up and could have watched an entire movie about Johnny and his father.

Sing is a lot of fun and it’s when the characters are performing that it hits it’s high notes. It’s not going to be revered over time as an amazing animated film, but kids and their parents will enjoy it. I wish it was better, but it still excels in it’s cuteness factor. I don’t think anyone will be disappointed by this, they just won’t be blown away by it.

Grade B-

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