Sing tells the story of Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey): a down on his luck Koala who seeks to keep his dream alive by saving his theater from being repossessed. In one final scheme Buster decides to hold a singing competition for $1,000, which turns into a $100,000 contest after a mishap. Because of this prospect many of the city inhabitants head to the theater to perform: which includes the domestic pig Rosita (Reese Witherspoon), the young gorilla Johnny (Taron Egerton), the shy elephant Meena (Tori Kelly), the enthusiastic pig Gunter (Nick Kroll), the aspiring rock star porcupine Ash (Scarlett Johnasson) and the smooth talking mouse Mike (Seth McFarlane). After making through the auditions each of the contestants put together their acts while trying to balance the complications of their lives. As the singers have their issues to deal with, Buster does everything in his power to raise the $100,000 and make sure the show is a hit.
The plot to Sing was an expected one. The story to this animated feature manage to hit the typical notes and morals that many film in the genre have covered before. Yet it was how the movie handled its story that made all the difference. The plot behind Sing had a great many strengths to it such as having realistic conflicts. While most of the drama had a cinematic flair to it, most of the characters dilemma's such as Rosita trying balance her daily life, Meena's shyness and even Johnny's breaking away from his criminal father (Peter Serafinowicz) felt natural not to mention believable. However there were complications in the film's narrative. With the story dealing so many characters with their own tales to tell, the plot could be a bit sporadic in its delivery. Yet for the most part the story handled itself quite well as it was able showcase each character's plot and connect them all together. All of this led to be a finale that, while expected, was joy to see come together with the film sense of presentation.
Sing may look like a typical animated feature, and in some regards it is. Yet this movie showed that sometimes it is not the what but the how-and in that case Sing had a stellar execution. The film used standard plot points and character direction to best of their ability while featuring a strong presentation, good comedy, solid animation and a delightful musical atmosphere. Add all these factors together and you have a film that is great for the holiday season as well as a great addition to Illumination Entertainment.