The singing contest has, for better or worse, become an intrinsic part of our cultural landscape in recent years due to the ubiquity of the reality-TV shows that promote them. So it’s hardly surprising to see its tropes being sent up using the familiar animation technique of anthropomorphic animals, although it’s an unusual career move for director Garth Jennings, whose previous feature work has been live-action (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and the underrated Son of Rambow).

It helps that the film openly acknowledges its lack of originality from the start, but there are reasons these talent shows are so popular and they are mined for all they’re worth. There’s a distinct focus on each contestant’s family life, and the sheer passion for music that both the fictional characters and the filmmakers themselves clearly have help drag things along when they get too predictable.┬áDespite its formulaic approach, there’s a warm heart to this film and an unashamed celebration of expressing emotion through song that is always going to go down well with this blog.

Yet another animated film about singing animals that act like they're humans5
A surprisingly emotive one however, which genuinely makes you care about its characters8
A genuine passion for its wide variety of musical numbers8
A warm heart and unashamed sense of silliness and fun8
Not a single original bone in its entire body4
Bechdel Test passes
  • Features more than one named female character
  • The female characters talk to each other
  • They talk about something other than men
Bechdel test failures
  • n/a
7Overall Score

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