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review by Bobby Blakey

When I first saw the trailer for Sing I knew this was one that could go either way. There were some funny moments, but also looked like it could end up not offering much more than those moments in the trailers. As with most animated features it features a great voice cast including Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton, Tori Kelly, Nick Kroll, Jennifer Hudson, Peter Serafinowicz, Jay Pharoah, and Nick Offerman, but can it give the performance of a lifetime or will the curtain drop before the first note?

Sing follows Buster Moon, a dapper koala, who presides over a once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times. Buster is an eternal-some, might even say delusional-optimist, who loves his theater above all and will do anything to preserve it. Now faced with the crumbling of his life's ambition, he has one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the world's greatest singing competition. I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed this film. Sure the story is predictable and at times even generic, but there is just so much to have fun with here it’s hard not to love it. The animation is gorgeous, especially in 4K Ultra. It has so many bright vibrant colors that enhance the surroundings making it feel like a character in itself. The character designs were all great making for a colorful cast to enjoy with each bringing their own unique style to the film.  

The voice cast all did a great job bringing them to life and offering up some great personalities for each of them. Despite being pretty clear where most of it is heading and how it will end, you will find yourself buying into each of the characters journies and wanting to stay around until the end. With a title like Sing you know it has to offer up plenty of music and it doesn’t disappoint. You would be hard pressed to not find yourself tapping your foot and singing along throughout this entire film. The performance moments are great and just add another fun dynamic to the film that merges perfectly to the story they are telling.

There are some great mini-films included in this  release as well that just add to the fun of the characters and make this one of the more fun times I have had in a while with an animated film. In addition to the film and mini-films this release includes featurettes and a music video that takes you further behind bringing the film to life.

Step on the stage and join the cast of Sing available now on Digital HD and then on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD an On Demand on March 21st from Universal Home Entertainment.

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