There’s a certain breed of cinephile who may turn up their nose at “Sing,” the upcoming, ridiculously star-laden animated musical featuring Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton, Nick Kroll, Nick Offerman, Peter Serafinowicz, Leslie Jones, Jay Pharoah, and more. However, you might be able to get them to buy a ticket, and also dazzle them with a bit of film trivia by telling them that Wes Anderson and Edgar Wright have also lent their voices to the movie. Yep, basically everyone in Hollywood is in this thing.
Directed by Garth Jennings ( “Son of Rambow,” “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”), and bursting at the seams with songs, this animated tale tells the story of a historic theater, set for demolition, and the singing competition that might save the day. Sounds like the intersection of “American Idol” and “The Muppets,” but it seems like a winning formula. Here’s the official synopsis:
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.
“Sing” opens on December 21st.