Animated musicals never fail to wake up the inner musician inside all of us. Films such as ‘Aladdin’ (1992), ‘Tangled’ (2010) and ‘Frozen’ (2013) have all enthralled us over the years. Similarly, animated musical ‘Sing’ managed to evoke musical part of us with its heartwarming tale. The film that first premiered at the Toronto Film Festival on September 11, 2016 has a special place in the hearts of its fans.
The film is produced by film and animation studio company Illumination, which was owned by the commercial juggernaut Universal Pictures. The production company is known to have churned out audience favourites such as the ‘Despicable Me’ series, which features the voices of Steve Carell, Russell Brand and Kristen Wiig, ‘The Secret Life of Pets’ (2016), which has the voices of Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart and Steve Coogan, and ‘The Grinch’ (2018), that has a voice cast that includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Rashida Jones and Kenan Thompson.
Like the aforementioned films, ‘Sing’ also boasts of a powerhouse of brilliant actors. Matthew McConaughey stars as Buster Moon, a positive koala, Reese Witherspoon as Rosita, a mother pig who gave up her passion of music for family, Seth MacFarlane as Mike, an arrogant white mouse whose voice talents resemble to that of Frank Sinatra, Scarlett Johansson as Ash, a teenage porcupine punk rocker musician and Taron Egerton as Johnny, a teenage gorilla who wants to sing but is restrained to take up his father’s criminal business. ‘Sing’ also features around sixty songs from artists such as the legendary Stevie Wonder, Ariana Grande, Queen, David Bowie and Jennifer Hudson.
Garth Jennings was an interesting choice to helm the musical. Known for directing comedies such as ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ (2005) and ‘Son of Rambow’ (2007), the filmmaker has a unique approach towards the art.
The film was a commercial success, grossing worldwide total of $634.1 million against a budget of $75 million. The competition wasn’t easy for ‘Sing’. In North America, the film had to compete against the Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt starrer ‘Passengers’ (2016) and the Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard starrer ‘Assassin’s Creed’ (2016). In addition, it was also competing against the blockbuster ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ (2016). At the end of the run, the film finished second at the box office behind the former.
Sing 2 Plot: What is it About?
If we closely follow the events of ‘Sing’, then there are a lot many different directions the sequel can take. The second film might follow Rosita on her next endeavour of trying to make it big with studio albums. This would provide a meaty character arc to her character. After winning the completion, she would certainly face challenges in acquiring a studio project. Her new career would be full of obstacles which will give good fodder to the narrative.
The sequel could also focus on Buster, who could set up another competition and find new talent. Mike, who being a proud family man quits jazz, is another interesting character. The sequel could focus on his efforts to rekindle his love for music.
While the first film established the inner desire of the characters to be a musician, the sequel could follow up on their efforts to realize their new-found talents to become known and famous musicians.
Sing 2 Cast: Who is in it?
What makes the musical such an enjoyable watch are the wonderful voice performances of the cast. From Matthew McConaughey using the husky Texas voice for the small koala to Reese Witherspoon’s sweet and the syrupy voice as the calm and polite mother piglet to the Seth MacFarlane’s haughty voice as the baritone singer, the voices do the job.
As per reports, all the cast members are expected to return for Sing 2.
Sing 2 Crew: Who is behind it?
It has been confirmed that Garth Jennings and Christophe Lourdelet returning to direct the sequel. Why won’t they after the first film became such a massive critical and commercial success. Garth Jennings will also take over the writing duties. The sequel reportedly will feature Gregory Perler as the editor and Joby Talbot as the composer. Both were also associated with the first film.
The first film also featured around sixty songs from talented and well-known artists. While nothing has been revealed till now, we expect many of those artists to be back for the second film. Who knows we might also see the likes of Taylor Swift and Rihanna join the party.
The makers will surely have to be inventive and patient with the next film, otherwise, it might end up being in the league of disappointing sequels such ‘Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa’ (2008), ‘Cars 2’ (2011) and ‘Hotel Transylvania 2’ (2015), to name a few.
Sing 2 Release Date: When will it premiere?
The good news for the fans is that Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures have already announced that they are embarking on a sequel to Sing. While originally the release date was announced to be December 25, 2020, it was later changed July 2, 2021. In case, you were wondering why so long, the short answer is production and marketing time takes anywhere around three to four years for a big film like ‘Sing’. And also, the makers probably want to be absolutely sure about their product before they unleash it to the market.