Universal Pictures and Illumination has released the first trailer for their animated musical “Sing 2.” The first “Sing” taught its audience that no matter who you are or where you are from, it is important to dream big and reach for the stars. But what happens when you’ve achieved that goal. Well, for the menagerie of animals of “Sing,” they will take their talents from the New Moon Theater to the illustrious Crystal Tower Theater in Redshore City for one dazzling stage extravaganza performance. But they first have to make it through the auditions. And to do that, they will have to persuade the world’s most reclusive rock star—played by global music icon Bono, in his animated film debut—to join them.
While I was not overly impressed with the story of the first “Sing,” I did love the performances and the song selection. And with the first being such a success, its no surprise that the studio would want to follow it up with a sequel, which sees the return of Buster (Matthew McConaughey), a Koola who runs the New Moon Theater, harried mother pig Rosita (Oscar® winner Reese Witherspoon), rocker porcupine Ash (Scarlett Johansson), earnest gorilla Johnny (Taron Egerton), shy elephant Meena (Tori Kelly) and, of course, porcine provocateur Gunter (Nick Kroll).
The new “Sing 2” trailer gives us a glimpse as to how far the New Moon Theater singing group has come. Having already proved themselves to be talented musicians and singers, they now want to show the world what they are capable of. And what better to do that on the biggest stage possible. Unfortunately, they come across a cold Mr. Crystal who is unimpressed with many of the acts – which includes a lemur covering Billie Eilish’s “bury a friend,” a trio of baby chicks covering Eminem’s “My Name Is,” and Slug covering Drake’s “Hotline Bling.”
Buster, Rosita, Ash, Johnny, Meena, and Gunter look on in fear as Jimmy Crystal (Bobby Cannavale) ruthlessly cuts each talent auditioning. And before they could even play, Gunter mentions they know the reclusive Clay Calloway. So, Crystal gives them a three week deadline or he will throw Buster off of his roof. And just like that, the crew not only has to find these reclusive rock star but they also have to overcome some of their fears and hold them back from being the talented musicans that they are, which sees Johnny needing to learn how to dance, and Rosita needing to overcome her fear of heights for a big production.
Here’s the official plot synopsis for “Sing 2.”
This holiday season, the new chapter in Illumination’s smash animated franchise arrives with big dreams and spectacular hit songs as the ever-optimistic koala, Buster Moon, and his all-star cast of performers prepare to launch their most dazzling stage extravaganza yet …all in the glittering entertainment capital of the world. There’s just one hitch: They first have to persuade the world’s most reclusive rock star—played by global music icon Bono, in his animated film debut—to join them.
Buster (Oscar® winner Matthew McConaughey) has turned the New Moon Theater into a local hit, but Buster has his eyes on a bigger prize: Debuting a new show at the Crystal Tower Theater in glamorous Redshore City.
But with no connections, Buster and his cast—including harried mother pig Rosita (Oscar® winner Reese Witherspoon), rocker porcupine Ash (Scarlett Johansson), earnest gorilla Johnny (Taron Egerton), shy elephant Meena (Tori Kelly) and, of course, porcine provocateur Gunter (Nick Kroll)—have to sneak their way into the world-famous Crystal Entertainment offices, run by ruthless mogul wolf Jimmy Crystal (Emmy winner Bobby Cannavale).
In a desperate attempt to get Mr. Crystal’s attention, Gunter spontaneously pitches an outrageous idea that Buster quickly runs with, promising that their new show will star lion rock legend Clay Calloway (Bono). Problem is, Buster has never met Clay, an artist who shut himself away from the world more than a decade ago after the loss of his wife. Even worse, Buster has failed to realize that Mr. Crystal is an egocentric gangster who would rather drop somebody off the roof of a building than be lied to.
As Gunter helps Buster dream up an out-of-this-world theatrical masterpiece, and the pressure (and sinister threats) from Mr. Crystal mount, Rosita’s leading role in the show gets ripped away and handed to Mr. Crystal’s spoiled daughter, Porsha, played by Grammy-nominated artist Halsey. Desperate to save the show, and his life, Buster embarks on a quest to find Clay and persuade him to return to the stage.
What begins as a dream of big-time success becomes an emotional reminder of the power of music to heal even the most broken heart.
They will be joined by lion rock star legend Clay Calloway (Bono), ruthless mogul wolf Jimmy Crystal (Bobby Cannavale), and Mr. Crystal’s spoiled daughter, Porsha (Grammy-nominated artist Halsey). Other voice talents include Pharrell Williams, Letitia Wright, and comedians Eric Andre and Chelsea Peretti.
Written and directed by Garth Jennings, who also wrote and directed the first. “Sing 2” opens in theaters on December 22, 2021.