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How many of you love to watch singing competition shows? I know our family sure does! There’s just something about watching talented people go after their dreams that leave us feeling so inspired. Add a heartwarming back story and some competition to the mix, and you’ve got an audience rooting for their favorite singer the entire way through.
For this reason, our family was so excited when we saw the movie preview for Sing! An animated comedy presented by Illumination films about a singing competition, we knew we just had to see!
We had the pleasure of viewing Sing on blu-ray Friday night. The kids loved it so much we watched it on Saturday night too! I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect but I knew we would be following the lives of the main characters and their journey through an American-Idol style singing competition. I honestly had no idea how much the film would make me laugh and I wasn’t expecting to fall in love with certain characters, but that’s exactly what this film did to me. It kept me engaged from beginning to end, with its all-star cast, hit songs that make you want to jump off the couch and move, and light-hearted story.
Buster Moon (Mathew McConaughey) is the main character in the film. He’s a short, fuzzy Koala with a positive attitude. He decides to put on a singing competition to try and save his dying business- a theater he opened with his father who is no longer around from shutting down for good. Buster’s assistant, an elderly iguana helps him spread the news of his competition by making a flyer but she accidently makes a typo and the grand prize for the competition goes from $1000-$100,000. This brings talented and not-so-talented animals from all over the metropolis they reside in to audition. During the audition, Buster realizes the grand prize flyer was wrong. His optimistic attitude enables him to carry on with the competition despite not having the money and this is where we meet and fall in love with the rest of the all-star cast including, Rosita (Reese Witherspoon) who I must add was one of my favourite characters because I felt like I could relate to her since she’s a busy mother of… 25 piglets! I know I don’t have 25 children but I could empathize with the feelings of feeling like you never get a break and the unappreciation that comes with the stay-at-home mom life. During the film, her character is transformed from being too much in her head to releasing and embracing the confidence that was always there but just lost from being busy with the daily duties of being a mother.
Some of the other characters include Ash (Scarlett Johansson) an alternative, rocker porcupine who has the most unique voice, behind her tough, “too cool” exterior. Her boyfriend breaks up with her during the film leaving her for another porcupine but Ash continues on with the competition despite feeling emotionally distraught from her heartache. Taron Egerton plays Johhny, a stylish, trendy, leather jacket, converse wearing Gorilla with a voice so good you can feel it in your bones. His character is trying to break free from his gangster families lifestyle and you can’t help but love him for wanting something more for himself.
Last but not least, the cast includes an egocentric mouse with a voice like Frank Sinatra, a Flamboyant, confident pig named Gunter who adds laughter to the film, makes you want to get up and move and forget what the world thinks of you. Grammy nominated Tori Kelly plays, Minna an elephant with the most elegant, soul filling voice with a bad case of stage fright. She has a family who believes in her more than she believes in herself and throughout the film you can’t help but root for her because she has a heart of gold. You just want her to overcome her fear and thrive!
Life Lessons from Sing
You can only go up once you hit rock bottom
When Buster’s theater literally comes crashing down on him he hits rock bottom. After some depression and sulking he gets his optimistic attitude back and decides to try again.
Focus on yourself
Each character in some way is deciding that they have to what’s best for them despite break-ups, leaving 25 piglets at home, and criminal parents. They simply make the choice to continue doing what they need to do for them. It’s a great reminder that when we focus on ourselves this helps us reach our true potential.
Follow your dreams
Each character is talented beyond measure and is pursuing their musical dreams by entering and committing to the singing competition. It’s so inspiring to watch and follow people pursue their passions and in this case, animated animals in a comedy!
Never give up
All of the characters could have thrown in the towel once the theater comes crashing down but with the support of one another they decide that giving up is not an option and continue with the show. I love this because all too often we can feel like giving up. But when we push through the giving up, we realize that it’s always worth it despite challenges and setbacks.
Support one another
Although the show is about a competition you can see that each of the characters wants one another to succeed. This is so needed in life and a great reminder that it’s so hard to succeed in life without the support of others.
Get out of your head
I love when Gunter tells Rosita to stop thinking with her head and to just “let the music take control of her body parts” Too often we do this. We let our self-limiting beliefs or thoughts hold us back. We overthink things to the point of anxiousness. We need to get out of our own heads and just do it! Love this advice from Gunter so much!
Find the music that lives inside of all of us
I’m sure there are so much more little life lessons and takeaways from the film but the one that stands out the most is this: Find the music that lives inside of all of us. We are all unique, talented, smart, and capable beings. It just takes some soul-searching, dreaming, rock bottom moments, challenges, support and confidence to find this. It takes styling the inside of our lives to find this music within and although it isn’t always easy, ( like for many of the characters in the film), it is always worth it.
If you haven’t seen this film yet, I highly recommend watching it with your family. Throwing a Sing themed Birthday party or fun family karaoke night would be awesome too!
This movie will make you laugh, teach you some important life lessons and it might make you just want to go out and get the soundtrack so you can sing & dance your heart out Gunter style!
Get your copy of SING on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand March 21st!
Bonus features include:
Gunter Babysits – Gunter offers to watch all of Rosita’s 25 piglets for the night, trying to prove he’s the best babysitter ever.
Love At First Sight – During a piano lesson with Johnny, Miss Crawly becomes nostalgic about the dancing and romancing of her youth. Johnny convinces her that it’s not too late to find someone and helps her set up a profile on a dating website.
Eddie’s Life Coach – Eddie’s mom signs her slacker son up for a digital training seminar to get his life back on track.
“Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing” Music Video – A cool and unique music video starring Tori Kelly.
Making a Music Video with Tori Kelly – A behind the scenes look at the making of Tori’s music video with exclusive insights provided by Tori herself.
“Faith” Music Video
“Faith” Lyric Video
“Set It All Free” Lyric Video
The Making of SING – We take you through the animation studios of Illumination with interviews from Chris Meledandri, producer Janet Healy, the various animation teams and the voice talent of SING.
Finding the Rhythm: Editing SING – Illumination editor Greg Perler, takes us inside the edit bay and reveals the secrets behind cutting an animated film. We’ll plunge into his world in this fun and eye-opening peek inside the room where the magic gets put together.