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Sing, animated Blu-ray (2017)

A bunch of animals save a dying theater with their acts.

Sing, Blu-ray (2017)

Voice-overs: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, Taron Egerton
Director: Garth Jennings
Studio: Illuminations/ Universal  61180480 (3/21/17) [2 discs]
Video: 1.85:1 for 16:9 widescreen HD color
Audio: English DD multichannel 5.1, DD. 2.0 stereo, French DD 5.1, Spanish DD 5.1
Subtitles: French, Spanish
All regions
Extras: Three mini-movies (animated), Music video with Tori Kelly, The Best of Gunter, Character profiles, Ultraviolet, more…
Length: 216 min.
Rating: ****1/2

While not as great as the Pixar efforts, this family animated feature is great fun. Though the singing is really not the major part of the movie, there are 85 songs in it. The story line is better than most kid’s films and the various animal characters are a great surprise.

Buster is the determined little koala bear who is struggling to save his theater. He sometimes stretches the truth, but his passion and optimism are contagious. His alligator office lady makes an error on the prize for a singing competition he distributes from $1000 to $100,00, and a huge line of hopeful animals come to try out the auditions. There is Rosita – a selfless homemaker and mother of 25 piglets who hopes something more. She is paired up with dancer/singer pig Gunther, who tries to get Rosita to loosen up. Johnny is a soulful gorilla with a lovely voice whose father robs banks and expects Johnny to be the driver. Meena is a shy teenage elephant with a great voice but a terrible case of stage fright. Ash is a teenage porcupine girl who makes it as a finalist, unlike her jerk of a boyfriend. She throws out quills during climaxes in her performance. Mike is a little self-centered mouse who plays the trumpet and sings like Sinatra.

Together they save the day and Buster by creating a brand new show and theater when the original theater burns down. The images are crisp and the sound of the various songs is top rate. The mini-movies use characters from the feature film and are not as worthwhile viewing.  An enjoyable family film for sure. Reese Witherspoon doesn’t have a bad voice either.

—John Sunier

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