‘Sing’ Trailer #3: Cute Animals and a Sampling of Songs

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The cast of Universal Pictures and Illumination’s ‘Sing.’

Universal Pictures and Illumination debuted a new song-filled trailer for the upcoming animated comedy, Sing, which features 65+ hit songs. Sing, written and directed by Garth Jennings (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy), features an all-star voice cast as animals who yearn to be the next big singing star. Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton, Tori Kelly, Nick Kroll, Beck Bennett, Nick Offerman, Jennifer Saunders, Garth Jennings, Peter Serafinowicz, Leslie Jones, and Jay Pharoah lend their voices to an assortment of animals including gorillas, pigs, and bunnies. Sing will open in theaters on December 21, 2016.

The Plot: Set in a world like ours but entirely inhabited by animals, Sing stars Buster Moon (McConaughey), 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.

Five lead contestants emerge: Mike (MacFarlane), a mouse who croons as smoothly as he cons; Meena (Kelly), a timid teenage elephant with an enormous case of stage fright; Rosita (Witherspoon), an overtaxed mother run ragged tending a litter of 25 piglets; Johnny (Egerton), a young gangster gorilla looking to break free of his family’s felonies; and Ash (Johansson), a punk-rock porcupine struggling to shed her arrogant boyfriend and go solo.

Each arrives under Buster’s marquee believing that this is their shot to change the course of their life. And as Buster coaches each of his contestants closer and closer to the grand finale, he starts to learn that maybe the theater isn’t the only thing that is in need of saving.

Watch the Sing trailer: