If you’re worried about LEGO everywhere, half-built forts and toys as far as the eye can see overtaking your house during winter break, it’s time to skidaddle. Beeline it to the movie theater for the brand-new animated movie, SING that debuts on December 21. Funny (we’re talking LOL humor), endearing and relatable, the kid-friendly flick is all your kids will be talking about over winter vacay. Read on to meet the characters and the part they play in what will become your family’s new favorite movie.
Meet Buster Moon, the Eternal Optimist
Voiced by Matthew McConaughey, Buster the koala is dead set on reviving his old theater. How so? A singing competition, of course! McConaughey says, “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. Others may see his theater collapsing around him, but not Buster. Through his eyes, you’ll begin to imagine the crown jewel of this incredible town…a place where people can truly transform.”
Fun fact: Like all of the other characters in SING McConaughey does his own singing in the film.
Meet Rosita, the Mom You Can Relate to
Tired? Overwhelmed? Love your life but wish you had more time to focus on you? Rosita, voiced by Reese Witherspoon, feels the same way! A mom to 25 (!!) piglets, Rosita spends most of her day tending to her litter, but still harbors secret ambitions to become a singer. Will Buster’s competition be her path to glory? Witherspoon reveals, “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. In fact, it’s the love and passion Rosita’s given and received that pours out of her when she embraces her inner diva and lets loose.”
Fun fact: Watch for Rosita (aka Witherspoon’s) renditions of Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” and Katy Perry’s “Firework.”
Meet Ash, the Teenager Your Kids Haven’t Become Yet
Your kids may be more Raffi than punk rock, but soon enough they may just resemble Ash, the prickly porcupine teenager in SING. Voiced by Scarlett Johansson, Ash tries to overcome her broken heart through the power of rock and roll. Says Johansson, “Once Ash understands that all of the attention, effort and energy she’s been giving her worthless boyfriend has been standing in the way of her own musical gifts, she transforms herself. Ash eschews outdated expectations that she should deliver a pop-princess act on the stage and just rocks it out with original music. I adore her.”
Fun fact: Ash performs an all-new original song, “Set It Free” in the new film.
Meet Mike, the Little Guy with a Big Personality
Some of the best things come in small packages. At least that’s what we think Mike would say. The little mouse, voiced by Seth MacFarlane, is a charming con man crooner who has his eye set on the prize money. MacFarlane reveals about his character, “What I like about this character is that he has zero concept of just how small he is. Mike is a whirlwind mix of bravado, swagger and showmanship, and he genuinely believes he has nothing to prove. He needs the contest money because he’s made some very poor decisions, and he’s certain that his larger-than-life personality and stage persona hold the ticket to winning.”
Fun fact: Mike’s songs will introduce your kids to old school tunes. Look out for “Pennies From Heaven,” made famous by Bing Crosby, and “My Way,” which is synonymous with Frank Sinatra.
Meet Meena Who Shows That It’s Ok to Be Timid
If your kiddo is more on the timid side, she’ll find a champion in Meena, voiced by Grammy nominated Tori Kelly. Says Kelly, “I don’t know anyone who doesn’t have a bit of Meena inside. She’s that timid kid who desperately wants to share her gifts with the world, but is always second guessing herself. As an artist, I went to that place of insecurity inside teenage Tori to find my inner Meena. Then you take a deep breath, shake off the nerves and just let the music take over.”
Fun fact: You’ll find Kelly belting out renditions of Stevie Wonder’s “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing” and Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”
Are you excited to see SING? How is your family spending winter break? What character are you most looking forward to seeing? Click the button below to buy your tickets!