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26 December 2016

By Mark Hadley

Sing picks up on the rash of reality talent shows that have crowded television channels and translates it into a featurelength animation about a Koala trying to rescue his theatre. Matthew McConaughey voices Buster Moon, a marsupial showman facing the awful truth that the curtain may be descending on his career.

In a last-ditch effort to save his theatre, he promises $100,000 to the winner of a city-wide singing contest. His publicity draws the attention of a number of misfit animals united by their ability to sing and their desire to transcend their everyday lives.

Sing is a feel-good story that brings together an exciting voice cast – Scarlet Johansson, Reese Witherspoon, Taron Egerton, Nick Offerman, Seth MacFarlane – united by a truly amazing collection of musical numbers. The film’s soundtrack includes 85 classic songs as well as an original number by Stevie Wonder and Ariana Grande, titled Faith. It’s this featured track that very much delivers the film’s theme.

Children’s films have been trading on the “you just have to believe in yourself” format ever since Cinderella found her way out of the fireplace. The challenge for parents is to balance a child’s notion of good, with the trust that God knows what’s actually great. If we can teach them to value every day God gives them as much as the high points that Sing suggests, we’ll be doing well to prepare them to praise him for the days with and without applause.


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