“Sing 2,” directed by Garth Jennings and produced by Illumination, is a musical sequel to its predecessor, “Sing.” The movie was released on December 31st, 2021. Joby Talbot was in charge of the music played in this film. The plot of the movie revolves around a small theatre group and their achievements. It is a feel-good movie that shares the message of never giving up on yourself or your dreams through a fun blend of music, dance, comedy, and theatrics.
The film begins with a musical play performed at the New Moon Theatre. The theatre is run by an optimistic koala, Buster Moon. Voiced by Mathew McConaughey, Buster and his troop set out to go to the city to attract a worldwide audience. They infiltrated the infamous Crystal Entertainment office, which was known for launching talented people who went on to achieve great success and fame. Crystal Entertainment is run by a wolf, Jimmy Crystal, who scouts for talented people and launches them when they are ready. He proves to be quite beloved by the animals living in the city. Yet, when he comes across Buster Moon and his troop, he imposes a ridiculous condition on them.
Buster Moon readily agreed to it, as he was set on proving and giving his troops a chance he knew they deserved. The condition was to bring back a singer with a melodious voice who had retreated from the spotlight due to losing his wife. The singer, a lion, named Clay Calloway, refused to perform or be in the spotlight. He had retreated to his property away from the animal civilization and lived his life alone. Convincing him to perform in the act that Buster Moon had designed for his troop to perform proved to be quite a challenge.
Jimmy Wolf had also lost the beloved façade he had kept up for fame’s sake due to Buster’s not delivering positive results according to the condition. To Buster’s dismay, Jimmy also forced him to cast his daughter Crystal in his upcoming play, which, to Buster’s dismay, was a disaster. Because Crystal could not act, Buster assigned her a different role. Crystal misunderstood him and thought she was fired. She complained to Jimmy in tears. The news channels caught wind of it and accused Crystal of being dumb. Jimmy was furious because he thought he had lost face. However, several of his attempts to murder Buster were thwarted due to Buster’s troops getting in his way to save him. Meanwhile, Crystal and Calloway successfully joined the troop, and Buster could put on the show he wanted to present in front of the audience. The movie then ends with Jimmy getting arrested and Buster and his troop returning to their town after achieving their dreams.
Throughout the “Sing 2,” Buster Moon keeps up an optimistic and jovial appearance. He did not let himself lose hope. Even when life was throwing him curveballs, he stood up and managed to hit them to achieve a home run. Buster’s character did make a lot of impulsive decisions throughout the movie. His character was mainly focused on giving the troops he led the respect and attention they deserved. He shows the characteristics of an admirable leader who encourages his actors to deliver their best. He assists them in overcoming their flaws and developing their talents. Even with his life falling apart, Buster strives to ensure his troop can focus on performing and not worry about anything else.
Buster’s impulsive decisions come to light when he accepts Clay Calloway’s invitation to perform in the act just so he can give his troop the chance to perform for an international audience. Even though he did not know who Calloway was, Buster lied and told Jimmy that Clay was a close friend of his. He did, however, end up getting Clay to perform and also become a part of his troop. It just shows that the character of Buster will not hesitate to lie if the need arises. He would also be able to accomplish that lie eventually.
In the face of danger, Buster shows a commendable spirit of courage. He remains firm and tries to deal with the situation at hand with a calm mind. However, he retreats before he worsens the situation and knows when to depend on other people. When Buster had to persuade Clay Calloway to perform in his act, he tried every trick in the book. His troop member, Ash, a porcupine, who admired Clay, asked Buster to step away and let her bring Clay around. Buster hesitated, concerned about her safety, but ultimately trusted her enough to let her persuade Clay. This incident brings to light the trust and the concern he felt for each member.
Another incident where Buster displayed level-headed leadership was when he handed the main role to Rosita. He constantly encouraged and assured her that she was perfect for the role. He addressed her insecurities and continued to support her. Even though he was forced by Jimmy to hand over the role to Crystal when Rosita had a bout of vertigo, he hesitated and asked for her opinion. When he realized Crystal could not act at all, He remained steadfast and made sure to reinstate Rosita in the role. By this time, Rosita had gained enough confidence to accept it too. Buster knew he might get killed for this move, but he still risked it.
Buster’s character is not perfect by a long shot. But, he proved that he would do anything for the animals under his tutelage. His strong decisions, his flaws, his encouraging behavior, as well as his concern for every member under him make him a capable leader and someone that the members can look up to and find solace after toiling away with their insecurities. He also teaches everyone how to not quit until they have reached their goals. He taught them to not give up on their dreams. He also taught them that they could fight for their dreams no matter their age. Buster Moon is one aspiring character that really pulled the movie through.
“Sing 2” is a 2021 Animated Musical film written and directed by Garth Jennings.