Generally amiable but flawed musical cartoon, populated
mostly by animals, in which the koala bear owner (voice of Matthew McConaughey)
of a failing theater aims to revive his business by staging a singing contest.
The quintet of finalists in the competition comprises a conceited mouse (voice
of Seth MacFarlane) who croons in a Sinatra-like style, a gifted teenage
elephant (voice of Tori Kelly) afflicted with stage fright, a harried pig
housewife (voice of Reese Witherspoon) run ragged by her 25 children, a gorilla
gangster's son (voice of Taron Egerton) who would rather belt out Elton John
tunes than help his dad steal and a porcupine punk rocker (voice of Scarlett
Johansson) coping with the selfishness of her live-in boyfriend. Friendship and
loyalty are triumphant amid plot complications that include a typo escalating
the winner's prize a hundredfold. But writer-director Garth Jennings, who also
provides the voice of the good-hearted but dimwitted lizard secretary
responsible for that error, incorporates into his film not only a living
arrangement that has no place in a movie aimed at children but a
German-accented male stage partner (voice of Nick Kroll) for Witherspoon's
character who exudes swishy enthusiasm and favors glitzy leotards. Probably
acceptable for mature teens.
Watch out for: Cohabitation,
some scatological humor, scenes of peril.
Rated: A-III, adults; MPAA: