Does Sing hit all the right notes?

In a world saturated by singing talent shows, it was inevitable that we’d end up with a movie version of the same thing. With Zootopia doing so well earlier in the year, can we expect similar success from this animated X-Factor variation from Illumination?

Sing is the tale of a koala named Buster Moon (voiced by Matthew McConaughey, who hilariously belts out Call Me Maybe at one point). Falling in love with the theatre from a young age, Buster’s father buys him his own venue where he can indulge his theatrics to his heart’s content. However, Buster isn’t quite the showrunner he believes himself to be, and to solve his financial troubles he stages a singing contest and invites the entire town to participate.

Following the auditions, Buster ends up with the motley crew of Reese Witherspoon, Tori Kelly, Taron Edgerton, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, and Nick Kroll – each giving voice to various species. When MacFarlane’s character ends up in an altercation with the Bear Mafia, and the team need to relocate, it’s up to each of them to overcome their differences and sing their way to a solution.

With a soundtrack curated to appeal to every musical taste, Sing is a both a joyful animated experience and a directive to the audience to join in the fun. The inspirational message to follow your dreams, regardless of your background, comes through loud and clear, and of course, staying true to the 2016 trend of weird, out-of-nowhere scenes, there’s an appearance by a J-Pop group of Red Pandas to frequently catch you off guard. Unfortunately – or fortunately – Psy is nowhere to be seen.

In cinemas: December 26, 2016star-3
Starring: The voices of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Taron Edgerton
Directed by: Garth Jennings, Christophe Lourdelet