Add fun cartoon animals to an ordinary plot makes things so much better. If Sing was done with real people, I would not have been interested in it. The world doesn’t even take that much advantage of the fact that the cast are all animals. It comes into play at times, but most of the time it doesn’t factor into things. But still, adorable cartoon animals just make it better.
The plot is a singing competition, and a rather standard one. There is perhaps one too many main characters, that all of them lack a bit, but I like the contestants and don’t want to get rid of any of them.
In the movie, Buster Moon runs an old theater in financial trouble. As a means of getting business, he starts a singing competition but accidentally sends out a prize worth 100 times what he intended. Buster Moon does lie about it to keep his show going. Actually, there are a few morally questionable actions going on through the movie in our main characters. Most of them are good people, but they still do bad things.
Probably just from a design point, my favorite character is Ash. I think Johnny’s plot was a bit heavy, so it suffered most from making things kid friendly. Overall, I think each of the main contestants plot needed one more scene. And the thing I wanted to see most but wasn’t in the film was more interaction between the contestants! They all have their moments with Buster Moon, but not with each other. The film makes it clear that they’re friends, but they don’t show any of that. I know that would make the film even longer, but I don’t mind.
Sing is a rather standard plot made fun by cartoon animals, cartoon situations and cartoon physics. No real suprises here, but solid songs and endearing characters abound.
Oh, some spoilers thoughts here.
I saw the trailer and wow did the trailer pretty much spoil everything. Geeze, let some things be a surprise.
I think Mike is a pretty interesting character. He starts off a jerk, and is still a jerk at the end of the film. And his problems aren’t entirely solved at the end of the film like I thought it would be. I thought that when Johnny’s father went to the theater to see him with the police chasing after him, the police would run into the bears and solve that issue. Nope. Didn’t happen.
Also, Gunter. I know he’s not one of the main contestants, but I wanted to see more of him. Maybe just one scene about what he does outside of the show. He’s a rather fun-loving and standup guy that only exists for Rosita’s plot. It would have been good to see what he likes to do.
Yeah. Fun movie. I liked the final songs. It felt good to see the results of the contestants’ hard work.