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  • This movie features over eighty-five hit songs from the 1940s to 2016.
  • This film marks the first CGI film, and first family film since Tooth Fairy (2010), in which Seth MacFarlane has been involved.
  • This is Reese Witherspoon's second animated movie, after Monsters vs. Aliens (2009).
  • Reese Witherspoon and Matthew McConaughey appeared in Mud (2012).
  • This is the first time that two Illumination movies have released the same year. The Secret Life of Pets (2016) released five months before this movie.
  • A sneak peek of the teaser trailer was released on February 11, 2016, featuring animals singing certain popular songs: 1.) A pig singing (and dancing to) "Bad Romance" by Lady Gaga. 2.) A buffalo singing "Butterfly" by Crazy Town. 3.) A sheep singing "Kiss from a Rose" by Seal. 4.) A trio of rabbits singing "Anaconda" by Nicki Minaj. 5.) A snail singing "Ride Like the Wind" by Christopher Cross. 6.) The pig that tripped was starting to sing "Venus" by Shocking Blue.
  • Seth MacFarlane's first voice-over work in a full-length animated feature not under his studio's Fuzzy Door Productions label.
  • The official teaser trailer was released on President's Day, February 15, 2016.
  • This is Taron Egerton's first time working on an animated feature. Singing is something he loves and at which is highly skilled.
  • The fourth animated feature film of 2016, next to Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016), The Angry Birds Movie (2016), and Zootopia (2016), to be set in a world of anthropomorphic animals and no humans.
  • In the full-length official trailer, the gorilla Johnny (Taron Egerton) sings "The Way I Feel Inside" by The Zombies and "Stay With Me" by Sam Smith.
  • The second film in 2016 to feature Scarlett Johansson in a voice-over role, following The Jungle Book (2016).
  • The first film to be directed by Garth Jennings since Son of Rambow (2007). It also represents his first foray into animated filmmaking.
  • Matthew McConaughey's second role in an animated film. The first being Kubo and the Two Strings (2016).
  • The film's cast includes three Oscar winners: Jennifer Hudson, Matthew McConaughey, and Reese Witherspoon; and three Oscar nominees: John C. Reilly, Seth MacFarlane, and Wes Anderson.
  • The second Illumination musical film, following The Lorax (2012).
  • This is Nick Kroll's second animated film in 2016 after Sausage Party (2016).
  • At one hour and forty-eight minutes, this is Illumination Entertainment's longest film.
  • Scarlett Johansson's fourth voice-over role in a film after The Jungle Book (2016), Her (2013), and The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (2004).
  • The song the five Japanese Red Pandas perform is "Kira Kira Killer" by Kyary Pamyu Pamyu.
  • WILHELM SCREAM: When a water buffalo steps on a snail after the auditions.
  • Writer and Director Garth Jennings provided the voice of Miss Crawly.
  • Writer and Director Garth Jennings' four sons, Oscar Jennings, Leo Jennings, Caspar Jennings, and Asa Jennings, provide the voices of some of Rosita's (Reese Witherspoon's) piglets.
  • The movie is dedicated in the credits to Igor Khait (1963-2016), an Animation Producer in the movie, who died from pancreatic cancer during production.
  • Buster is left-handed, as evidenced during the auditions scene as he takes notes.
  • If you look carefully during Johnny's (Taron Egerton's) mad dash to the theater, you can see him cause the crash that gets him stuck in traffic.
  • Songs associated with three different artists who died in 2016 are on the movie's soundtrack. "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" (George Michael), "Hallelujah" (Leonard Cohen), and "Under Pressure" (David Bowie and Queen).
  • There are at least three references to the Back to the Future trilogy: 1) Ash (Scarlett Johansson) does her guitar solo, which in turn makes the music stop and everyone is staring at her silently in a similar manner to Marty McFly doing his solo at the school dance. 2) Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey) is trying to steal power from the neighboring building, he is walking outside on the ledge with an extension cord only for the ledge to break under his feet and that the cable is too short. This is a nod to Doc Brown trying to connect the cable at the top of the clock tower. 3) When Johnny ((Taron Egerton) is hiding behind a wall in the alley to avoid the police. He is wearing a not-so-inconspicuous leather jacket and hat. He talks on a walkie talkie to his dad. Very similar to a scene in Back to the Future Part II (1989), where Marty dresses in a not-so-inconspicuous leather jacket and hat hides with a walkie talkie to talk to Doc. Both films were also distributed by Universal Pictures.
  • When Ash's (Scarlett Johansson's) guitar is unplugged and she starts stomping the beat on the stage, porcupines actually do stomp their feet as a warning when they are scared.
  • ACTOR TRADEMARK (Seth MacFarlane): (Sinatra): Mike the mouse is largely based on Frank Sinatra, who Seth MacFarlane often imitates. Sinatra was known for his short temper, style of dress, and apparent ties to organized crime, which are incorporated into Mike's character. He sings Sinatra's signature song "My Way" on the movie's soundtrack.
  • Garth Jennings's first animated feature.
  • Shipped to theaters under the pseudonym "Sixpence".
  • This is the first Illumination Entertainment film not to feature any humans.
  • Writer and Director Garth Jennings is an admirer of jazz vocalist Shooby Taylor and chose to have his song "Stout-Hearted Men" included in the film. The song was sung by a hippo during the audition scene. Taylor suffered a stroke in 1994 and died in 2003. Jennings revealed that Taylor's son was in his seventies and "just above the poverty line" and hoped the check for rights to the song from Universal Pictures would be beneficial to him.
  • When the title rolls, Illumination Pictures changes into minions by turning off "Illu" and "at". "Min" and "ion" switch off in UK theaters.
  • Released on home media a week before the 20th Anniversary of Cats Don't Dance (1997), an animated movie about anthropomorphic animals who can sing and dance.
  • Before Mike's (Seth MacFarlane's) final performance piece, Frank Sinatra's "My Way", we see the three bears with stereotypical links to Russian mob-types chasing after him following cheating them out of money in an earlier card game. This is a subtle reference to Sinatra's alleged involvement with the mob.
  • The opening scene where Buster Moon is narrating behind the desk is an homage to the opening scene in Jerry Maguire (1996) when Leigh Steinberg is sitting at his desk.
  • The masks that Big Daddy (Peter Serafinowicz) and his gang use to hide their identity are of Snowball from The Secret Life of Pets (2016).
  • The speakers in Ash's (Scarlett Johansson's) home are "Dodgson" brand, a nod to Editor Claire Dodgson.
  • The character Nana Noodleman (Jennifer Saunders) strongly resembles the antiheroine Norma Desmond from Sunset Boulevard (1950). Their butlers resemble each other as well.
  • The song "My Way", which was sung by Mike (Seth MacFarlane), had been previously covered by the Spanish band, Gipsy Kings, in their self-titled third album. The song "Bamboleo", which played in supermarket scene, is also theirs.
  • Nana Noodleman's car appears to be based on a Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud.
  • Beat My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002) as the highest grossing film to never hit number one at the U.S. box-office.
  • When Miss Crawly's (Garth Jennings') false eye pops out and hits the computer keyboard, you can see "Made In China" printed on the back.
  • John C. Reilly's third animated film, after 9 (2009) and Wreck-It Ralph (2012).
  • Rural folklore has it that porcupines possess the defensive capability of shooting their quills as projectiles, as Ash (Scarlett Johansson) did in her performance. No biologist has documented the behavior or any natural mechanism that would make it possible. EDIT: It's just something done in animated shorts, television shows, and movies for humorous effect. The original author of this trivia entry is apparently a killjoy, and must be really fun at parties.
  • Jennifer Saunders' fourth animated film, after Shrek 2 (2004), Coraline (2009), and Minions (2015).
  • What Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey) said in Japanese to the five Japanese red pandas roughly translated to "Your routine is horrible, your footwork stinks like feet." It's possible he may have wanted to say that "You are in my show, sleep well and start fresh tomorrow."
  • In the beginning of the movie, Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey) sneaks out of his office through a hole in the wall, which is hidden by a poster. This is similar to the way Andy Dufresne escaped his prison cell in The Shawshank Redemption (1994).
  • The scene where Johnny (Taron Egerton) is racing the getaway car to the theater is a parody of Bullitt (1968).
  • The scene in which Big Daddy (Peter Serafinowicz) makes his escape is reminiscent of a scene in Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) where Eggsy (Taron Egerton) tries to escape his stepfather's thugs by jumping from roof to roof.
  • Illumination's seventh feature film.
  • Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey) tried several times to get rid of the five Asian dancer and singer group, but when he read from a translation book to say "You may be in my show", instead he said, "You have a horrible routine and did not make it."
  • From the Creators of Despicable Me (2010).
  • The song that Lance (Beck Bennett) and Becky (Tara Strong) are singing when Ash (Scarlett Johansson) walks in on them is "Love Interruption" by Jack White.
  • The last film to have the 2010 to 2016 Illumination Entertainment logo.
  • Frank Sinatra's "My Way" is sung in this film as well as in Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017), in which Taron Egerton appeared.
  • When Mike the mouse (Seth MacFarlane) is playing near the bottom of the stairs at the beginning of the movie, the Chimpanzee tosses him a penny. If you notice, there is no face on the coin. Mike makes a reference of having had attended the Lincoln School of Music.
  • The bull in a suit eating soup at the fancy restaurant, out of which Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey) gets kicked, is the same bull from the bank which offers Mike (Seth MacFarlane) the platinum card.
  • Jennifer Saunders's second Illumination film after Minions (2015).
  • Johnny (Taron Egerton) sings a cover of Sir Elton John's "I'm Still Standing". Taron Egerton appeared alongside Sir Elton John in Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) and portrays him in the biopic Rocketman (2019).
  • Meena's (Tori Kelly's) grandfather appears to be a reference to the title character of the classic cartoon Babar (1989), an elephant in a green suit. This is also referenced in Meena's song at the end, she is singing "bye-bye", but it sounds like "Babar" and pans to her grandfather in this shot.
  • Unlike in Shrek 2 (2004) where Jennifer Saunders did her own singing for The Fairy Godmother, she did not do so for Nana Noodleman, whose singing voice was done separately by Jennifer Hudson.
  • The songs each main character sings for their auditions, versus the songs each sings for the finale, directly mirror each character's arc. Rosita (Reese Witherspoon) sings "Firework", a song encouraging others to come out of their shells (something Rosita needs to do), while Gunter (Nick Kroll) sings "Bad Romance", foreshadowing his and Rosita's partnership; together they sing "Shake It Off", symbolizing Rosita getting rid of her doubts. Johnny (Taron Egerton) sings "Stay With Me", representing his mindset to keep his father pleased, then later sings "I'm Still Standing", representing his ability to move on without his father. Ash (Scarlett Johansson) sings back-up for her boyfriend's song, similar to the dynamics of their relationship; she then sings "Set It All Free", a song she wrote to symbolize taking control of her life. Mike (Seth MacFarlane) sings "Pennies From Heaven", showing his lust for money, then later sings "My Way", showing he has no regrets for his actions throughout the film. Though she doesn't actually get to sing it, Meena (Tori Kelly) auditioned with "Chandelier", a song about a woman who cannot express herself unless with alcohol, this mirroring Meena's inability to express herself. She then sings "Don't You Worry Bout a Thing", giving herself reassurance against her anxiety.
  • Many of the background animals reappear several times throughout the movie. The polar bear in the red Hawaiian shirt can be seen again in the club when Mike (Seth MacFarlane) is making his escape from the bears, and the tuxedo-wearing chicken can be spotted near the end with the animals watching the concert on television in a shop window.
  • Nod to the Johnny B. Goode scene from Back to the Future (1985). At the end of Ash's (Scarlett Johansson's) performance, she opens her closed eyes to see a completely quiet crowd. She is in the same pose as Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox).
  • Nick Kroll's first PG-rated movie, his second being Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (2017).
  • Johnny Depp and Jesse Eisenberg were considered for the role of Buster Moon.
  • Owen Wilson was considered for the role of Eddie Noodleman.
  • This is Reese Witherspoon's second film to be given a sequel. Her first had been Legally Blonde (2001).
  • Taron Egerton and Elton John have been in two movies together. "Sing" and "Kingsman Golden circle".
  • This is Illumination's last film to be featured in a 1:85:1 aspect ratio until The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019).
  • Eddie's (John C. Reilly's) ringtone is "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" by Wham! In the bloopers of Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006), Reilly sings that song when Ricky (Will Ferrell) is in the hospital.
  • During the feline news report, a logo identifies the broadcast as "O News". That's the title of a recurring Hollywood-news spoof in The Peter Serafinowicz Show (2007), starring "Sing" actor Peter Serafinowicz. (In fact "O News", which showcases his talent for impressions, is what led the BBC to offer him The Peter Serafinowicz Show (2007) in the first place, after he made an inexpensive early version of the sketch and uploaded it to YouTube.)
  • At the beginning of the movie, Buster (Matthew McConaughey) is recalling his inspiration, or "epiphany", for purchasing the theater and his passion for the performing arts while watching a play titled "Epiphany".
  • A fourth reference to Back to the Future (1985) is when Ash (Scarlett Johansson) and Lance (Beck Bennett) have their audition abruptly stopped; not dissimilar from Marty's experience in the beginning of Back to the Future (1985).
  • At the end of the audition part, there's a tune that plays for just a second. It's the ending of Family Guy (1998)'s theme.
  • Ash's (Scarlett Johansson's) guitar is a hybrid of a 1954 Fender Stratocaster, a Squier "Mini", a Yamaha Pacifica 012, a Rockjam ST, a Squier Jaguar, a Line 6 Variax Standard, a 1968 Gibson SG, and a Diamond Renegade. The same is said for Lance's (Beck Bennett's) guitar.
  • Jim Cummings' only film where he was credited as James J. Cummings.
  • Jim Cummings' next animated film after The Brave Little Toaster (1987), The Lion King (1994), The Road to El Dorado (2000), Titan A.E (2000), Shrek (2001), Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius (2001), The Jungle Book 2 (2003), Sinbad Legend of the Seven Seas (2003), Bee Movie (2007), Gnomeo and Juliet (2011), and Winnie the Pooh (2011).

Spoilers

  • During the theater flooding scene, Johnny (Taron Egerton) saves everyone by pushing Meena out of the way of the only exit. In Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014), Eggsy (Taron Egerton) saves several people when a room begins to flood by breaking through a glass window.
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