We analyze in Cinemascomics the Blu-Ray of Sings! twothe sequel to the musical comedy from the creators of Gru, Despicable Me
At Cinemascomics we have analyzed the home edition on Blu-Ray of Sings! twocontinuation of the musical comedy that surprised at the box office in 2016 and that repeats its fantastic cast of voices, expanding it with famous voices such as Bono, singer of the musical group U2.
The editions of Sings! two include two unreleased mini-films and karaoke versions to sing from home in its versions on DVD and Blu-ray; in addition to being also available for rent and digital sale. These editions are joined by a pack that brings together the two deliveries of Sings!available both in DVD as well as Blu-ray, to binge on the couch with fun, excitement and music. The Universal Pictures film (2021) is distributed in physical format by Arvi Licensing in our country.
A musical comedy that teaches both children and adults the power of music to heal emotions. On this occasion, our adorable animal protagonists, led by Rosita and Gunter the pigs, Ash the porcupine, Meena the elephant and Johnny the gorilla, will return under the baton of the optimistic koala Buster Moon to put on the greatest show of all time. To do so, they must convince the world’s loneliest star, Clay Calloway, to join them.
The protagonists of the first installment are joined by new characters, to give us an incomparable show, thanks to the careful animation of Illumination Entertainment, with the vocal work of artists (in the original version) such as Matthew McConaughey (The Dark Tower), Reese Witherspoon ( Legally Blonde 3), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Taron Egerton (Rocketman) or Letitia Wright (Black Panther), to whom musical stars such as Tori Kelly, Bono and Pharrell Williams are making their debut in the franchise. Meanwhile, in the version dubbed into Spanish we have the voices of Andrea Compton, Miguel Ángel Muñoz, Luis Tosar, Ana Milán and Concha Velasco, among others.
The film is written and directed by Garth Jennings (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy), produced by Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy, and produced by the animation studio Illumination Entertainment, also responsible for blockbusters such as Gru, Despicable Me, Los Minions and Pets. The film has an approximate duration of 110 minutes and is qualified as suitable for all audiences, with the distinction of being especially recommended for children. This sequel is shown in its Blu-Ray version with a multitude of extras, which we have analyzed for Cinemascomics readers. The Blu-Ray review is completely spoiler-free, in case you haven’t had a chance to see this movie yet, which offers a mix of classic rock and catchy pop, and you want to know what extras it contains.
- Audio in English Dolby Atmos; Spanish, Catalan and Portuguese Dolby Digital Plus 7.1; English audio description service.
- Subtitles in Spanish, English for the deaf, Catalan and Portuguese.
- HD movie, wide screen (1.85:1).
Two mini movies:
- For Gunter’s eyes only.
- Animal attraction.
Laughter, jumps, forgetting the script, improvisations, choking phrases, screams and grimaces are part of the film’s reel of outtakes.
Meet the animators:
The director and screenwriter Garth Jennings, who also voices Miss Crawly, confesses that making a movie is crazy, where the key was to have good animators, such as Basile Heiderscheid and Annie Pienaar, who describe their work in the film, bringing the characters to life. While Rudi Loial and Nastassia Le May made sure that the animations of the characters were realistic and natural, conveying emotions and feelings.
For their part, as animation directors they had Pierre Leduc, Patrick Delage and Pierre-Fran¢ois Duhamel, who supervised the character animators. While Quentin Piq, Coline Veith and Charlotte Kristof worked as animation supervisors, they confess that they worked on gestures and tics for the characters, including some of their own.
Along with this, they talk about what Garth Jennings is like as a director, seeing how he gives instructions to the animators of what he wants to see on screen. For everyone, his personality is the same as Buster’s, infecting everyone with his great enthusiasm.
Playable songs ‘Let’s Go Crazy’, ‘Break Free’, ‘A Sky Full of Stars’, ‘Could Have Been Me’, ‘I Say A Little Prayer’ and ‘I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For’, with the lyrics on screen as the song plays at the time of the film.
How to dance and more:
How to dance Sing! two:
Choreographer Sherri Silver teaches us to repeat and learn the dance steps from the movie, and be able to dance like Johnny and Nooshy.
Introduction to scenery:
We see a review of the different planets that appear during the performance of the musical From Another World, evoking many sensations, and the way to recreate them in a traditional way from our homes.
In this fun tutorial they teach you how to apply makeup with different styles.
Video tutorial to build your own homemade microphone and sing at home.
Video in which they teach you how to build your own cardboard flower crown.
On this occasion, they show you how to create your own cardboard ship.
The voices of Sing! two:
We can see in action Matthew McConaughey as Buster Moon, Reese Witherspoon as Rosita, Taron Egerton as Johnny, Tori Kelly as Meena, Nick Kroll as Gunter and Gareth Jennings as Miss Crawly.
Conversation with Tori Kelly:
The director and the actress talk about how it has been for her to act in the film, given her lack of experience acting, although not singing. For her it was not so different from singing, helping that she felt very welcomed by the whole team, because of how collaborative everything was.
The director assures that the dance is key in the film, being fundamental in the story of Johnny. Thus, they created with Sherrie Silver the three choreographies of the film, which ensures that they did not talk about motion capture, but about creating the animation from scratch, talking a lot about the language of choreography and how to fit it into the story they wanted to tell, Johnny’s story arc, comparing the final scenes with Taron Egerton’s choreography rehearsals and voice and piano recordings.
Friends and family:
The director talks about all the cameos, where relatives of the team and famous artists gave their voices to secondary characters, leaving most of them uncredited.
The filmmaker says they wanted to raise the bar on everything, including the costumes for the final performance. In this way, costume designers Laura Mulleavy and Kate Mulleavy, from Rodarte, managed to capture everything that Garth Jennings was looking for, hitting the right costume for each character at each moment of the film. Their designs were sent to the team at Illumination, to turn those designs into life-like costumes, outlining their inspirations and goals for each of the main characters.
Anatomy of a scene: The bus:
Garth Jennings shows us a video of how they recorded and edited the voices of the characters in the film, which are recorded separately and then mixed to make it look like they’re all talking together. In this way, we see the demonstration of the recording of the voices by the dubbing actors during the bus sequence, recorded on different dates and different countries between 2018 and 2020.
Anatomy of a scene: The bicycle:
The director talks about the evolution of the film’s script, with continuous rewrites based on storyboards. In addition, he explains how they recovered a deleted scene from the first installment and adapted it for the sequel, being when Buster chases the talent scout on a bicycle.
From scratch to vocals:
Garth Jennings takes us into his studio to show us how he works with his team of animators and the actors, from his office in Paris, where all the animation for the film is done. Thus, the director records a first version of the voices, to later work with the actors with that scratch or previous draft, where he explains to us the orientations that he gives to the cast when recording the voices.
Finally, they use the voices recorded by the performers to animate the characters based on their voices and their way of expressing themselves, seeing the creative process of the director together with the animators.
The filmmaker says that one of the best things about the sequel was getting the band back together. Thus, we see how the actors not only give voice, but also sing the songs themselves, seeing for example Scarlett Johansson and Taron Egerton singing along with the rest of the cast.
How to draw the characters:
They teach us how to draw Buster Moon, Ash, Johnny, Miss Crawy and Clay Calloway from home.