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  • The film features over 85 hit songs from the 1940s to 2016.
  • This film marks the first CG film and second family film since Tooth Fairy (2010) that Seth MacFarlane has been involved in.
  • This will be Reese Witherspoon's 2nd animated movie, after Monsters vs. Aliens (2009).
  • This will be the first collaboration between Reese Witherspoon and Matthew McConaughey since Mud (2012).
  • This is the first time that two Illumination films have released the same year. The Secret Life of Pets (2016) released five months before Sing.
  • 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 voiceover 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 is highly skilled at.
  • 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 played by 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 in nearly ten years following Son of Rambow (2007). This film also represents first foray into animated filmmaking.
  • Matthew McConaughey's second role in an animated film, the first was 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's musical film, following The Lorax (2012).
  • This is Nick Kroll's second animated film in 2016 after Sausage Party (2016).
  • At 110 minutes long, this is Illumination Entertainment's longest film.
  • Scarlett Johansson's fourth voice over role 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 bison steps on a snail after the Auditions.
  • Director Garth Jennings provides the voice of Miss Crawly.
  • Director Garth Jennings's four sons - Oscar Jennings, Leo Jennings, Caspar Jennings, and Asa Jennings - provide the voices of some of Rosita'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.
  • 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)
  • Actor Trademark: [Sinatra] Mike the mouse is largely based on Frank Sinatra, whom 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 cinemas under the pseudonym "Sixpence".
  • This is the first illumination Entertainment film not to feature any humans.
  • 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 destitute in 2003. Jennings revealed that Taylor's son was in his 70s and "just above the poverty line" and hoped the cheque for rights to the song from Universal 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 cinema.
  • Released on home media a whole week before the 20th birthday of Cats Don't Dance (1997), a fellow animated movie about anthropomorphic animals who can sing and dance.
  • 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 and his gang use to hide their identity are of Snowball from The Secret Life of Pets (2016).
  • The speakers in Rosita's home are "Dodgson" brand, a nod to editor Claire Dodgson.
  • The character Nana Noodleman strongly resembles the antiheroine Norma Desmond from Sunset Boulevard (1950). Their butlers resemble each other as well.
  • The song "My Way" which sung by Seth MacFarlane have been previously covered by the Spaniard band Gipsy Kings in the self-titled 3rd album, the song "Bamboleo" 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 #1 at the U.S. box office.
  • When Miss Crawley's false eye pops out and hits the computer keyboard, you can see "Made In China" printed on the back.
  • John C. Reilly's 3rd 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 did in her performance. No biologist has documented the behavior or any natural mechanism that would make it possible.
  • Jennifer Saunders' 4th Animated Film, after Shrek 2 (2004), Coraline (2009) and Minions (2015), the lattermost being another Illumination movie.
  • What Buster Moon said in Japanese to the five Japanese red pandas roughly translate 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".
  • The scene where Johnny is racing the get away car to the theater is a parody of Bullitt (1968).
  • Illumination's 7th feature film.
  • From the Creators of "Despicable Me".
  • The last film to have the 2010-present Illumination Entertainment logo (2010-2016 version).
  • Frank Sinatra's "My Way" is sung in this film as well as in Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) in which Taron Egerton also stars.
  • When Mike the Mouse is playing near the bottom of the stairs at the beginning of the movie, the Chimpanzee tosses him a penny. If you notice that there is no face on the coin, Mike makes a reference of having had attended the LINCOLN School of Music.
  • 'Jennifer Saunders'' second Illumination film after Minions (2015).
  • 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'.

Spoilers

  • If you look carefully during Johnny's mad dash to the theater, you can see him cause the crash that gets him stuck in traffic.
  • There are at least three references to Back to the Future (1985) and its sequels: 1) Ash 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 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 courthouse clock tower. 3)When Johnny 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.
  • When Ash'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.
  • Before Mike's final performance piece, Frank Sinatra's "My Way", we see the three bears with stereotypical links to Russian mafia-types chasing after him following cheating them out of money in an earlier card game. This could be a subtle reference to Sinatra's alleged involvement with the Italian-American Mafia.
  • During the theatre flooding scene, Taron Egerton's Johnny saves everyone by pushing Meena out of the way of the only exit. In Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014), Egerton's Eggsy also saves several people when a room begins to flood by breaking through a glass window.
  • In the beginning of the movie Buster Moon 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 escapes his prison cell in The Shawshank Redemption (1994).
  • The scene where Big Daddy makes his escape is reminiscent of scene in Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) where Eggsy (Taron Egerton) tries to escape his stepfather's thugs by jumping from roof to roof.
  • Buster Moon tried several times to get rid of 5 Asian dancer/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 -.
  • The song that Lance and Becky are singing when Ash walks in on them is "Love Interruption" by Jack White.
  • The bull in a suit eating soup at the fancy restaurant that Buster Moon gets kicked out of is the same bull from the bank that offers Mike the platinum card.
  • Taron Egerton's character Johnny sings a cover of Elton John's I'm Still Standing. Taron Egerton would later star alongside Elton John in Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)
  • Meena's father appears to be a reference to the titular 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 father in this shot.
  • The songs each main character sings for their auditions, versus the songs each sings for the finale, directly mirror each character's arc. Rosita sings "Firework," a song encouraging others to come out of their shells (something Rosita needs to do), while Gunter sings "Bad Romance," foreshadowing his and Rosita's partnership; together they sing "Shake It Off," symbolizing Rosita getting rid of her doubts. Johnny 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 sings backup 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 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 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.
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