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Good News If You Like Animals, Singing And Celebrities

By Kristy Puchko | Industry | October 27, 2016 |

By Kristy Puchko | Industry | October 27, 2016 |

And who doesn’t?*

In anticipation of Illumination’s upcoming musical Sing, the animation studio that’s brought us Minions and The Secret Life of Pets is unveiling its latest batch of adorable critters, along with the stars who give them voice and verve.

Above, Reese Witherspoon chills with Rosita, a mom of 25 who harbors aspirations of singing stardom. The singing competition central to this Christmas release’s story could prove a pivotal opportunity for this plucky pig. “Ever since she was a girl,” Witherspoon explains, “Rosita has held on to this tiny part of herself she’s been hesitant to share with the world. But once she genuinely owns who she is, this shy mom and wife realizes that it would be criminal not to unleash her talents. In fact, it’s the love and passion Rosita’s given and received that pours out of her when she embraces her inner diva and lets loose.”


Rosita isn’t the only pig shaking their rump in Sing. Cut-up comedian Nick Kroll plays the over-confident and always enthusiastic Gunter, who “knows what we all should: Everything is better in a gold track suit. He is the yin to Rosita’s yang. If she’s hesitant, insecure and brilliantly talented…then Gunter is the one who’s first to hit the stage and shake his piggy patootie; he’s a legend in his own mind. When I first experienced Reese and myself as Rosita and Gunter on the screen, I honestly couldn’t stop grinning.”

By a show of hands, Kroll kept that track suit, right?


As follow-up to playing the befuddled Beetle in Kubo and the Two Strings, Matthew McConaughey takes to Sing as Buster Moon, a koala who’s putting together a singing competition in hopes of saving a rundown but once glorious theater. “I’ve always regarded Buster as the ultimate creator,” McConaissance explained, “a showman who refuses to accept defeat and a guy who will accomplish the impossible through sheer force of will. Others may see his theater collapsing around him, but not Buster. Through his eyes, you’ll begin to imagine the crown jewel of this incredible town…a place where people can truly transform.”


Kingsman: The Secret Service star Taron Egerton joins the Sing team as Johnny, a gorilla born into a life of crime, but craving to belt out John Legend and Elton John jams. “I think that one of the biggest fears we all have is that we will disappoint our parents.” Egerton offers of Johnny, “All you want is their acceptance, but as you come into your own, you begin to realize that your dreams don’t always intersect with theirs. Johnny’s relationship with his father epitomizes this. He only needs Big Daddy to listen, to actually hear him, just once. If that happens, Johnny believes he can become his own man and really soar.”


Youtube sensation Tori Kelly channels tenderness into Meena, a timid teen elephant whose stage fright is her worst enemy. “I don’t know anyone who doesn’t have a bit of Meena inside.” Kelly said of her precious pachyderm, “She’s that timid kid who desperately wants to share her gifts with the world, but is always second guessing herself. As an artist, I went to that place of insecurity inside teenage Tori to find my inner Meena. Then you take a deep breath, shake off the nerves and just let the music take over.”


Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane is in this. And he plays a conniving mouse who loves old standards, because obvi. “What I like about this character is that he has zero concept of just how small he is,” the belter of “We Saw Your Boobs” declared. “Mike is a whirlwind mix of bravado, swagger and showmanship, and he genuinely believes he has nothing to prove. He needs the contest money because he’s made some very poor decisions, and he’s certain that his larger-than-life personality and stage persona hold the ticket to winning.”


And last but not least, Scarlett Johansson, who recently slithered and sang as a the deadly Kaa in The Jungle Book, brings her smokey tones to an angsty teen porcupine named Ash, whose breakup with a bad news boyfriend helps her channel her creative juices. Johansson shared, “Once Ash understands that all of the attention, effort and energy she’s been giving her worthless boyfriend has been standing in the way of her own musical gifts, she transforms into a badass. Ash eschews outdated expectations that she should deliver a pop-princess act on the stage and just rocks it out with original music. I adore her.” With that giver-of-no-fucks expression Ash is rocking (paired with a cute plaid skirt), we adore her too.

And for good measure, how about a trailer or two:

Sing opens December 21st nationwide.

*This question is rhetorical. I don’t care if don’t like animals, singing and/or celebrities. I just pity you.

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Kristy Puchko is the managing editor of Pajiba. You can follow her on Twitter.