Sing - 2016
Age-appropriateness: Some inappropriate lyrics to songs. Some animals dance is inappropriate ways. Heist scene. “Mafia”-type characters.
Overview: A theatre owner holds a singing competition for the entire city. This movie is great for fun singing/dancing (it features 85+ different songs). The characters experience music in a way that takes them out of their ordinary life. They use music to cope with everyday stress and to connect with others.
Themes: music, stress management, animals, friendship, teamwork, redemption, reputation, shyness, perseverance, dream, passion
The Quick 3
Ask these quick questions to hit the major themes of the film.
1. Music. How can you use music to help you feel certain emotions and to make you feel better?
Music helps up to cope with stress and to connect with others. The signing competition brought together animals of all kinds to pursue one common goal.
2. Perseverance. What are you really passionate about?
Buster Moon never gave up on his dream, even though he had a lot of challenges and obstacles along the way. He persevered through difficulties and ended up putting on a great singing competition.
3. Redemption. What broken things are you looking forward to God redeeming and making new?
The theatre was destroyed, but with hard work and determination, Buster and his crew were able to restore the theatre and re-build it entirely. God promises to one day wipe away every tear and make all things new.
After The Movie Discussion Guide
Follow this 5-10 minute discussion guide to drive an in-depth conversation.
1. Do you like to sing? What are your favorite songs to sing and dance to? Take some time to sing some karaoke and throw a dance party in your living room!
2. The animals used music to help them feel better when they were sad, stressed, or scared. How can you use music to help you feel certain emotions and to make you feel better?
3. The prize for the singing competition was $100,000. 2 Corinthians 9:7 mentions that “God loves a cheerful giver”. If you were blessed to have that much money, think of all of the good that you could do! What would you do with $100,000?
4. Buster Moon (the koala) had a lot of passion for the theatre and showed a lot of perseverance. Perseverance is the ability to get through difficult tasks. He always encouraged others to “Dream big dreams!” What are you really passionate about? What do you really love to do?
5. There are so many animals in the movie. Which animals were your favorite? Next time your at the zoo, try to find your favorite animal!
Minute By Minute Guide
Use this break down of the entire movie in addition to the “After the Movie” discussion guide. Great for repeat viewings.
:27 Johnny’s (the gorilla) dad and friends try to convince him to do something naughty (take things that aren’t theirs). Was anyone ever told you to do something naughty? How did you respond?
:29 Rosita (the mommy pig) sets up a robotic system to get her 25 kids ready in the morning. Rosita seems to be doing all of the household hires herself. In what ways do you help your parents with chores around the house?
:53 In a funny scene, Gunter doesn’t even notice Rosita fall down and answers Buster, “I’m fine, thank you. How are you?”. Why don’t you think Gunter noticed Rosita? It seems he’s pretty selfish and doesn’t think of others too often. How often do you think about others? Make sure to take time to consider other people’s needs.
:57 Johnny’s dad tells his son they have nothing in common. What do you have in common with your parents? What makes you different? It’s okay to have different interests and personalities from your parents! That’s what makes families so fun!
1:03 Buster (koala) tells Meena (elephant) “don’t let fear stop you from doing what you love”. Is there anything you’re scared of that prevents you from doing something you like to do?
1:23 Buster (koala) hears the mean things people say about him and he chooses to believe them. He’s really disappointed and sad. What are mean things people say about you? Do you believe them?
1:18 Buster and friends rebuild the theatre. Even though it seemed like everything went wrong, they didn’t give up. Is there anything that’s difficult in your life that you feel like giving up on it? Who might be able to come and help you?