ByElise Jost, writer at
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Elise Jost

For movies, Christmas is synonym of tough competition at the box office, and while has picked December for their Star Wars releases, there's always a slew of family-friendly features hoping to lure the kids on vacation. But it's not like adults have something to complain about, a feel-good story is just the cherry on the frosted cake of holiday spirit.

So what better end-of-the-year movie could you imagine than a musical adventure about following your dreams and discovering your true potential? With animal characters, goofy and friendly animation and an excellent voice cast, is shaping up to be another of Illumination Entertainment's big-screen successes — after the worldwide mania, it looks like the studio hasn't lost any steam.

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Reason No. 1 to see Sing? Picture Matthew McConaughey, the tanned hottie turned Southern detective, as an optimistic koala named Buster, who will let truly nothing get in the way of his beloved theater. Fearing bankruptcy, he decides to organize a singing competition, bringing together animals with all different kinds of backgrounds and experiences.

From the Kingsman: The Secret Service revelation 's surprising vocal skills as Johnny, to singer Tori Kelly's stage-phobic Meena, the characters aren't really born superstars — but they're endearing in their own way. Between the musical genres and the stage performances, it's going to be hard to pick a favorite.

'Sing' [Credit: Illumination Entertainment]
'Sing' [Credit: Illumination Entertainment]

Most importantly, though, Buster is a walking inspiring quote factory, with an unwavering determination to get things to work out for him. Here's one example worthy of a print and a frame and a spot on your bedroom wall:

"You know what's great about hitting rock bottom? There's only one way left to go, and that's up!"

If that's not the perfect inspiration to start the new year!

Sing also stars , , and . It'll be out in theaters December 21.

Who are you rooting for in the Sing competition?


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