Comedy animation feature Sing premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in Canada recently to an enthusiastic reception from filmgoers before Academy award winner Jennifer Hudson and singer-songwriter Tori Kelly performed songs from the movie.
The film tells the story of Buster, a Koala bear showbiz impresario voiced by Matthew McConaughey, who tries to save his struggling theater by hosting an American Idol-style singing competition.
His idea quickly spreads throughout the animal kingdom, attracting a wide range of contestants, from a mother of 25 piglets, voiced by Reese Witherspoon, to a porcine punk rocker, voiced by Scarlett Johansson.
McConaughey said the best part about working on the film, which is scheduled for release in December, was getting to feel like a child again.
"I don't need to get serious about anything," he told reporters. "There's not a big statement to make here. It's very human, the story, but it's fun." Johansson called the chance to use solely her voice in a role "kind of liberating."
"You're really just able to kind of give it everything you have and be able to be loud and proud and then pull it back and play with the vocal nuances," she said.
The movie has a soundtrack to appeal to all ages, featuring more than 85 hits from the 1940s to the present day.
Witherspoon said she expected Sing to be just as enjoyable to adults as to children. "I play a mum who has 25 kids, and I think a lot of parents can relate to the idea that you give up a lot of your own dreams for your children," she said.
"I get to, through the singing competition, have my chance to be a singer, and it's a really sweet, wish-fulfillment moment."
The film was written and directed by Garth Jennings, best known for Disney's big screen adaptation of Douglas Adams' Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy in 2005 and Son Of Rambow two years later. – Reuters