2016 is shaping up to be the year of the animated animal. At least a half-dozen movies with predominantly animal casts are scheduled for release including Kung Fu Panda 3, Nut Job 2, Zootopia, Angry Birds, Finding Dory, and The Secret Life of Pets. Minions maker Illumination, which is already releasing the latter film on this list, has now announced details about a second animal-centric film that it’ll deliver into theaters on December 21, 2016: Sing.
Of all the animal kingdom films, Sing might be the quirkiest of the bunch. Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri explained during an Annecy keynote earlier this year that conceptually “the starting point for the movie was, for me at least, looking at what the role of a producer is.”
The producer in Sing will be a koala named Buster Moon, voiced by Matthew McConaughey, who runs a vaudeville-style theater. “He creates wonderful entertainment out of nothing,” Meledandri said at Annecy. “It’s what a producer does: you start with nothing, and you imagine a story, a play, a musical, a short, and you try to figure out how you can will it into existence.”