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Sing

Postby LotsoA113 » May 26th, 2016, 8:44 am

The next film from Illumination after The Secret Life Of Pets (aka Doggie Toy Story) is Sing, which released a new trailer this week.



So somebody watched Zootopia, huh? :mrgreen:

All kidding aside, it looks OK. Nothing revolutionary, but the earnestness of the production seems appealing enough at least in trailer form. Good cast too. No clue if they can keep this up for an entire feature film.
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Re: Sing

Postby EricJ » May 26th, 2016, 12:56 pm

LotsoA113 wrote:So somebody watched Zootopia, huh? :mrgreen:


No, due to the amount of time it takes to make a CGI movie, someone else just thought "modern city animals" would be a hit idea, and got a more overconfident head BECAUSE of Zootopia.
(Despite the fact that Disney was biting their nails that Z would flop because it was an urban-animals movie...)

Here, they're selling the "Animal Idol" concept (which isn't even current anymore, now that the real thing had the discourtesy to cancel itself).
Which basically makes it "Dreamworks Ending Karaoke-Party: The Movie". It was hard to get past the audition scenes and not think Far Away Idol.
And from the Calendar graphic, I was under the impression the snail was going to be the main character, which didn't help wipe away those Turbo memories either...

(And somebody help me out with quick trivia: I'm trying to count how many other CGI comedies used "Bamboleo" for a quick gag?...Was Rio 2 one of them?)
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Re: Sing

Postby LotsoA113 » May 26th, 2016, 3:07 pm

EricJ wrote:
(And somebody help me out with quick trivia: I'm trying to count how many other CGI comedies used "Bamboleo" for a quick gag?...Was Rio 2 one of them?)


The Peanuts Movie definitely did it just last November.
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Re: Sing

Postby Dacey » June 1st, 2016, 10:50 pm

For what it's worth, I really like the bit with the pig at the end. Great little piece of animation there.
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Re: Sing

Postby rjones1325 » November 30th, 2016, 7:24 pm

It’s as if Illumination heard audiences leaving Minions and going “it was good and all, but it’ll be nice to see the studio do something outside Despicable Me,” and Chris Meledandri replied, “challenge ACCEPTED!”

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Re: Sing

Postby Ben » November 30th, 2016, 7:30 pm

I'd have thought that was more The Secret Life Of Pets...?

Sing seems to be much more Garth Jennings' project.

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Re: Sing

Postby EricJ » December 2nd, 2016, 4:10 pm

rjones1325 wrote:It’s as if Illumination heard audiences leaving Minions and going “it was good and all, but it’ll be nice to see the studio do something outside Despicable Me,” and Chris Meledandri replied, “challenge ACCEPTED!”


And then audiences said "Oops, sorry, we meant, 'Something outside Despicable Me OR cheap Dr. Seuss movies", and Chris quickly hid that Grinch movie behind his back.

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Re: Sing

Postby droosan » January 9th, 2017, 12:35 am

Based on the trailers, I'd assumed Sing would be a 'reality show/quasi-doumentary', in the vein of Surf's Up .. so, I was a tiny bit bummed to find that its story-telling was a more-or-less conventional narrative.

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The 'competition' aspect which is played-up in the trailers is likewise diminished within the actual film; the dozens of animal hopefuls singing pop-song clips turns out to be only a 2-minute montage. The field is then arbitrarily narrowed down to just a few contestants, almost immediately .. and very predictably (since they happen to be the only characters with back-stories provided in the opening sequence).

I did very much enjoy the scene in which the flyers are created (with a massive 'typo') and then accidentally distributed across town, via blustery winds .. to be discovered by each of the main characters. That was pure movie magic. :)

As for the characters themselves, there was much to enjoy about each of them .. but also some frustration:

    Gunter. What the heck is the point of this character..? I mean, other than a funny german accent. :roll: You could remove him from the movie entirely, and nothing about the overall story would need to change.

    Rosita is sympathetic as a housewife-who-wants-more .. but her transformation in the finale seems to come out of nowhere (as does the song, "Shake It Off" .. weren't she and Gunter rehearsing "Venus", earlier on..?).

    Mike's smart-aleck attitude is a lot of fun (he delivers several of the movie's funniest lines!) .. but he is decidedly unlikable. The introductory scene in which he rough-handles a passerby and takes all of his money is puzzling to watch; why should we root for this guy, exactly..? :|

    Ash is awesome. I loved her rebellious quips toward Buster's many (awful) suggestions. Her tearful rendition of "Call Me Maybe" was my favorite moment .. but sadly, that's not on the soundtrack album. I loved her 'original' song, too.

    Johnny and Meena have perhaps the most satisfactory overall character 'arcs'. Plus, Meena's grandfather is basically Babar the Elephant..! (or at least shares his tailor) :mrgreen:

    The Bunnies needed to be main characters!! Why were they eliminated?! Happily, an extended version of "Oh. My. Gosh. Lookit Her Butt" is included on the deluxe expanded soundtrack CD. :lol:

I will confess that the destruction of the theatre was wholly unexpected, and kept me wondering about where everything was headed, for awhile. Kinda strange that they somehow managed to find power and lighting for those finale performances .. but, ah well. :roll:


Though it may not sound like it .. I did enjoy the movie, overall. It wasn't what I was expecting .. but it was still very entertaining. Between this and The Secret Life of Pets, Illumination had a solid year.

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Re: Sing

Postby James » January 12th, 2017, 9:06 am

With all the after Christmas-break hustle and bustle, I actually forgot to review this film! I saw it opening weekend and have all my notes ready, but never got around to writing it. That's probably a good enough review in itself!

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Re: Sing

Postby breakle » April 15th, 2017, 10:31 am

I have seen this movies - so cool !