Illumination Teases Forthcoming “Sing” with Photos

Set in a world much like our own, only inhabited by animals, Illumination’s sixth full length animated feature Sing appears to be the perfect follow-up to the studio’s summer blockbuster The Secret Life of Pets.

Just under two months until its holiday release, the studio has just treated fans to a major tease by way of seven fun images that show the hugely popular cast with the characters they play, embracing their attitude and demeanor as they introduce their personalities without the use of words.

Matthew McConaughey and Buster Moon, Reese Witherspoon and Rosita, Scarlett Johansson and Ash, Seth MacFarlane and Mike, Tori Kelly and Meena, Taron Egerton and Johnny and Nick Kroll and Gunter are on full display, offering up a first-look at the lively characters that will take over the big screen this December.

Sing centers around Buster Moon, an owner of a failing theater who, after falling on hard times, makes one last ditch effort to save the place he loves more than any other by throwing an elaborate singing competition.

“I’ve always regarded Buster as the ultimate creator…a showman who refuses to accept defeat and a guy who will accomplish the impossible through sheer force of will," McConaughey says of Moon.

And while audiences will be fearful of a potential theater closing, five contestants will emerge as realistic hopefuls to take home the top prize: a con mouse, a teenage elephant, an exhausted pig, a gangster gorilla, and a punk-rock porcupine.

Witherspoon, who plays Rosita, the mother of 25 piglets, does her own singing in the film, including renditions of Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off" and Katy Perry’s “Firework".

“Ever since she was a girl, Rosita has held on to this tiny part of herself she’s been hesitant to share with the world.  But once she genuinely owns who she is, this shy mom and wife realizes that it would be criminal not to unleash her talents," Witherspoon explains.

And she isn’t the only one to feel like that.  Grammy Award-Nominated singer Tori Kelly, who does a highly anticipated version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah" said that she relates to her character Meena, an elephant who suffers from immense stage fright.

“I don’t know anyone who doesn’t have a bit of Meena inside," Tori says.  “She’s that timid kid who desperately wants to share her gifts with the world, but is always second guessing herself."

Boasting more than 65 hit songs and a supporting cast that includes Nick Offerman, Jennifer Saunders, Leslie Jones and Beck Bennett, Sing will hit theaters on December 21st - hopefully these photos can tie you over until then.

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About Stephen Davis

Stephen Davis
I owe this hobby/career to the one and only Stephanie Peterman who, while interning at Fox, told me that I had too many opinions and irrelevant information to keep it all bottled up inside. I survived my first rated R film, Alive, at the ripe age of 8, it took me months to grasp the fact that Julia Roberts actually died at the end of Steel Magnolias, and I might be the only person alive who actually enjoyed Sorority Row…for its comedic value of course. While my friends can drink you under the table, I can outwatch you when it comes iconic, yet horrid 80s films like Adventures in Babysitting and Troop Beverly Hills. I have no shame when it comes to what I like, and if you have a problem with that, then we’ll settle it on the racquetball court. I see too many movies to actually win any film trivia contest, so don’t waste your first pick on me. My friends rent movies from my bookcase shelves, and one day I do plan to start charging. I long to live in LA, where my movie obsession will actually help me fit in, but for now I am content with my home in Austin. I prefer indies to blockbusters, Longhorns to Sooners and Halloween to Friday the 13th. I miss the classics, as well as John Ritter, and I hope to one day sit down and interview the amazing Kate Winslet.

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