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Stars: Voices: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon. Scarlett Johansson, Seth McFarlane, Jennifer Hudson, John C Reilly, Jennifer Saunders, Taron Egerton, Tori Kelly, Rhea Perlman, Nick Offerman

Director: Garth Jennings

In a town of talking animals, impecunious theatre impresario, koala bear Buster Moon (McConaughey), decides to put on a talent show to boost his failing coffers. The whole thing soon escalates into something bigger than he ever imagined, as half the town's creatures start exercising their tonsils - even Johnny the gorilla (Egerton) - in an attempt to win first prize.

Lots of jokes and even more songs make the film a pleasure to be with for adults and children alike. Witherspoon is a joy as Rosita Pig, although many of the famous cast reveal singing voices you'll have heard them use too seldom in films. First-class animation adds to the toe-tapping show.

David Quinlan

USA 2016. UK Distributor: Universal . Technicolor.
103 minutes. Widescreen. UK certificate: U.

Guidance ratings (out of 3): Sex/nudity 0, Violence/Horror 0, Drugs 0, Swearing 0.

Review date: 25 May 2017

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