Thursday, November 17, 2016

Sing Saturday!!!

What are you planning to do after the food fest of Thanksgiving Day and the craziness that is Black Friday?  Sleep in, you say?  Forget sleep.  That's what Sunday afternoons are for. Here's an even better option for your Saturday morning, y'all!  Universal Pictures is having its biggest advance-screening to date and you have the opportunity to take part in it. At 10:00 on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, get comfy at your local theater (AMC Quail Springs 24 and AMC Crossroads Mall 16 if you happen to live in the OKC area) and enjoy what is sure to be a really REALLY great movie.  Why do I think it will be really REALLY great?  If you know me, you already know the answer to that question.  It involves music.  That's right, folks, more than 65 songs crammed in to one movie featuring a shy teenaged elephant, a sad little porcupine, a harried mother of 25, a bad gorilla who wants to be good, a teensy mouse who wants to make it big, and the producer who is going to help make their dreams come true.  How can you pass this up?'s FREE!!!  There's got to be a catch, right?  Of a sort. It's first come, first served.  Yup.  People are going to be hopping out of bed a little earlier than planned so that they can get to the theaters before anyone else.  This movie doesn't come out until Christmas, so not only will you get to see it for free, you'll get to see it a month before most of the country.  You'll get to be THAT person.  "What? Sing!?  Oh yes, I saw it a month ago and it was FABULOUS!!!"  Or you can use your own words.  Speaking of words, let's get past mine and hear from the Universal peeps themselves.  Followed by a look at the official trailer, of course.

Illumination has captivated audiences all over the world with the beloved hits Despicable Me, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, now the second-highest-grossing animated movie in history.  Following the release of this summer’s comedy blockbuster The Secret Life of Pets, Illumination presents Sing this holiday season.  


With its highly relatable characters, heart and humor, the first collaboration between writer/director Garth Jennings (Son of Rambow, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) and Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri marks the sixth fully animated feature from the studio.


The event film stars Academy Award® winners Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon, alongside Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton and Grammy Award-nominated Tori Kelly.


Set in a world like ours but entirely inhabited by animals, Sing stars Buster Moon (McConaughey), a dapper koala who presides over a once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times.  Buster is an eternal—some might even say delusional—optimist who loves his theater above all and will do anything to preserve it.  Now faced with the crumbling of his life’s ambition, he has one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the world’s greatest singing competition.


Five lead contestants emerge: Mike (MacFarlane), a mouse who croons as smoothly as he cons; Meena (Kelly), a timid teenage elephant with an enormous case of stage fright; Rosita (Witherspoon), an overtaxed mother run ragged tending a litter of 25 piglets; Johnny (Egerton), a young gangster gorilla looking to break free of his family’s felonies; and Ash (Johansson), a punk-rock porcupine struggling to shed her arrogant boyfriend and go solo.


Each arrives under Buster’s marquee believing that this is their shot to change the course of their life.  And as Buster coaches each of his contestants closer and closer to the grand finale, he starts to learn that maybe the theater isn’t the only thing that is in need of saving.


Featuring more than 65 hit songs, Sing is produced by Meledandri and his longtime collaborator Janet Healy.  Together, they have produced all of Illumination’s films since the studio’s inception.  Released by Universal Pictures, Sing arrives in theaters on December 21, 2016.


Doesn't that sound fun?  So, enjoy your food and shopping then relax with some lovable and talented characters who just want to...SING!

To find out where the advance screening is showing near you, go to