For the first time, Illumination has two big animated movies out in the same year. They kick things off this summer with The Secret Life of Pets, before seeinging 2016 out at Christmas in the US with Sing. We had been expecting the film to arrive on our shores this December as well. But with the arrival of the first trailer, Universal confirms it has pushed back the Sing UK release date into January 2017.
This first trailer does a great job of setting up the world without giving too much away. There will be more than a whopping 85 songs in the full feature, so plenty more music to look forward to. Matthew McConaughey leads an all-star voice cast as Buster Moon, a Koala who puts on a singing competition for his fellow animals in a bid to save a theatre he owns.
When the first teaser poster was released last year, the Sing UK release date was still on track for December this year. Unfortunately, the studio has opted to push it back by five weeks, likely in a bid to avoid competition from the new Star Wars movie, Rogue One.
Set in a world like ours but entirely inhabited by animals, Sing stars Buster Moon (Academy Award® winner Matthew McConaughey), a dapper Koala who presides over a once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times. Buster is an eternal optimist—okay, maybe a bit of a scoundrel—who loves his theater above all and will do anything to preserve it. Now facing 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.
Seth MacFarlane, Tori Kelly, Reese Witherspoon, Taron Egerton, and Scarlett Johansson complete the leading voice cast alongside McConaughey. They share the recording booth with John C. Reilly, Nick Offerman, Peter Serafinowicz, Jennifer Saunders, Leslie Jones, Jay Pharoah, and Nick Kroll.
Garth Jennings (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) is at the helm, directing from his own script.
At the moment, the new Sing UK release date sees the film opening opposite Maze Runner: The Death Cure and A Dog’s Purpose. The former is the third and final movie in the YA franchise, while the latter is a new live-action DreamWorks movie that features Bradley Cooper as the voice of a dog. My money is on Sing to win the weekend, though the Maze Runner franchise has performed well on our shores.
Sing will be released in 2D and 3D on December 21st in the US. The Sing UK release date has now been pushed back to January 27th, 2017.