With all the excitement and hype focused on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, don’t count out Sing, the next animated affair from Illumination Entertainment (the folks behind Despicable Me and Minions) as a stealth holiday season powerhouse. The story of an enterprising koala (voiced by Matthew McConaughey) who aims to save his struggling theater by staging a singing contest, its mixture of karaoke tunes and furry animals feels like a crowd-pleasing recipe — get a sense for yourself from the Yahoo Movies exclusive clip above.
The scene gives us a peek at Johnny (voiced by Kingsman and Eddie the Eagle star Taron Egerton), a young gorilla itching to cut loose and sing his effusive heart out. Unfortunately for Johnny, his dad has other ideas: He’s a criminal kingpin, and expects his son to join the family business. And, as we see in this sneak peek, if you’re a crook trying to sneak past unsuspecting cops, the last thing you need is a gang member crooning mid-heist.
Johnny’s quest to get out from under his father’s shadow and embrace his artistic gifts is only one of the many plot strands in Sing, which will also give us a Frank Sinatra-inspired mouse (Seth MacFarlane), a housewife pig (Reese Witherspoon), a porcupine rocker (Scarlett Johansson), and a dancing German pig (Nick Kroll). Together, they figure to make Sing a holiday box-office contender; we’ll find out who tunes in when it arrives in theaters on Dec. 21.
Watch a holiday message from the characters of ‘Sing’: