(2016) (voices of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon) (PG)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Animated Comedy/Musical: A show business koala tries to save his theater by putting on a singing competition where the various animal contestants believe the cash prize is far larger than it really is.
- Buster Moon (voice of MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY) is a koala whose family has long been in show business, and his love of that stems from having watched his sheep friend Eddie Noodleman's (voice of JOHN C. REILLY) then young grandmother, Nana Noodleman (voice of JENNIFER SAUNDERS), perform onstage. Having inherited his father's theater but seeing attendance dwindle over the years, Buster wants to spruce things up and thus comes up with the idea of holding an "American Idol" sort of singing competition with the top prize being $1,000.
But his old assistant, Ms. Crawley (voice of GARTH JENNINGS), accidentally sets that amount at $100,000 and sends out the contest fliers that way, thus drawing lots of attention of singers of all sorts. There's Rosita (voice of REESE WITHERSPOON), a pig who hasn't had the time to be a singer, what with raising 25 piglets while her workaholic husband, Norman (voice of NICK OFFERMAN), is bringing home the bacon. Punk rocker porcupine Ash (voice of SCARLETT JOHANSSON) enters with her boyfriend, Lance (voice of BECK BENNETT), but eventually ends up going solo.
Mike (voice of SETH MacFARLANE) is a crooner mouse who makes ends meet by playing his saxophone on the streets for tips, but he's got a quick temper and an ego. Meena (voice of TORI KELLY) is just the opposite. While the elephant can sing, she has a debilitating case of stage fright that initially keeps her working backstage. Flamboyant German pig Gunter (voice of NICK KROLL) has no such problem, while gorilla Johnny (voice of TARON EGERTON) longs to be a singer, but his father, Big Daddy (voice of PETER SERAFINOWICZ), wants him to be part of his criminal gang as their getaway driver. As they and others try out, Buster keeps the high dollar typo secret from the contestants as the contest draws lots of attention.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Probably, especially younger ones.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG
- For some rude humor and mild peril.
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