IMDB Synopsis: In a city of humanoid animals, a hustling theater impresario's attempt to save his theater with a singing competition becomes grander than he anticipates even as its finalists' find that their lives will never be the same.
2016 was year filled with some really great animated movies with Zootopia, Moana, Secret Life of Pets and Kubo just to name a few so it’s easy for Sing to get a little overlooked. While Sing is not as groundbreaking or as fun as those I named previously it is still a very fun and enjoyable movie to see.
Unlike your usual Disney musical fare Sing is what’s called a Jukebox Musical, it relies on existing current hit pop songs and re does them in a flashy fashion. The songs are really catchy and what was even more surprising was that all the voice actors actually sung their own songs, From Scarlett Johansson, Reese Witherspoon, Taron Edgerton to Seth McFarlane. This star studded voice cast was incredible and they all brought a lot to each of their characters. I was actually incredibly surprised to learn that a few of these actors were so good at singing, I mean like really good especially Scarlett and Taron! I had never really heard of Tori Kelly but wow! She plays the shy elephant Meena, her acting isn’t as strong but this girl can sing! Although most of the characters were pretty shallow and their character story arcs were very simple I genuinely enjoyed all the characters except one, Mike the mouse. His story was just terrible. Mike’s a jerk he entire movie, someone who’s judgmental, shallow, materialistic and does some terrible things to the other characters but nothing really happens with his story. There’s no comeuppance or punishment for his actions and there isn’t even really a moment of regret from him. There are some other story lines that also doesn’t really make sense or rub me the wrong way but in the end it didn’t hurt my overall enjoyment of the movie. I the end this movie has a simple but good hearted message of believing in yourself and going for your dreams.
Sing is a good time with a simple premise with a catchy soundtrack and great voice performances. The animation quality is nothing that’s going to blow you away but it is pleasant to look at with some funny character designs and great backdrops. You’re not getting any deep or meaningful stories but that’s not what this movie sets out to do, it’s just a good time where you’ll find yourself singing along by the end of the movie.