A Dog’s Purpose – Review

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a dog's purposeIf you are a dog owner, I am sure you have, at one point or another, had the  thought, “I wonder what my dog is thinking right now.” Amblin Entertainment’s newest movie, ‘A Dog’s Purpose,’ sets out to give us that answer by sharing a dog’s perspective on the world they live in. This movie will get you to experience some of the many different emotions a dog could go through –  happiness, laughter and sadness. Dogs are known as ‘man’s best friend’ and generally make people happy. What could be better than a movie completely dedicated to our furry best friends? Because I am a dog lover, I knew I would need to see this movie. 

‘A Dog’s Purpose’ follows one dog’s journey through many different lives. Yes – you read that right. MANY different lives. During one of his lives, a puppy meets a young boy named Ethan (Bryce Gheisar). They form a friendship that cannot be broken. Ethan names his new pup Bailey, and they end up doing everything together. Through Bailey’s many lives, he wonders a lot about why he is ‘here’ and what his ‘purpose’ is. For every new owner he has, he learns another lesson about the importance of love and laughter. 

While I truly believe that ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ was adorable and had a few important messages behind it, I do feel as though the story line was a bit scattered.  I do not want to give away any spoilers, so I will not be going into too much detail. At some points during the film, I felt unsure of what I was supposed to be feeling. Bottom line, this movie was really sweet and could teach about the important things in life. I laughed, I smiled and I cried a whole lot! 

‘A Dog’s Life’ is rated PG for “thematic elements and some peril.” I would say be cautious when thinking of bringing your little ones. The movie does touch on a few themes that you may not be comfortable with younger children seeing. Worth noting (and a potential SPOILER – you have been warned), the film depicts the reincarnation of Bailey many times –  which brings up the point that the movie does hint at the dog’s passing each time.

a dog's purpose‘A Dog’s Purpose’ is a beautiful movie that can make you cry and laugh all at the same time! The many different dogs and puppies were great and there is no shortage of cuteness in this movie. I would recommend this movie for any dog lovers. “A Dog’s Purpose’ is such an important reminder of why we should take care of our furry family members and why they are our best friends! 

Based on the beloved bestselling novel by W. Bruce Cameron, A Dog’s Purpose, from director Lasse Hallström (The Cider House Rules, Dear John, The 100-Foot Journey), shares the soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog (voiced by Josh Gad) who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love. The family film told from the dog’s perspective also stars Britt Robertson, KJ Apa, John Ortiz, Juliet Rylance, Luke Kirby, Peggy Lipton, Pooch Hall and Dennis Quaid.

A Dog’s Purpose is produced by Gavin Polone (Zombieland, TV’s Gilmore Girls). The film from Amblin Entertainment and Walden Media is executive produced by Alan Blomquist, Mark Sourian and Lauren Pfeiffer, and it will be distributed by Universal Pictures.

SPLIT – Movie Review

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Chances are, if you are reading this review,  you are like me and love watching a good thriller! You know – the one that gives you goosebumps and you just can not look away; a thriller that makes your heart almost pump right out of your chest. That was exactly what I felt while watching M. Night Shyamalan’s newest release, SPLIT. There are many moments of suspense, some terrifying scenes and even a few laughs. This movie had me on the edge of my seat during some scenes and hiding my face for others!

SPLIT begins with three teenage girls, Casey, Claire and Marcia, being kidnapped by Kevin (James McAvoy), a man with DID (dissociative identity disorder). Kevin has 23 different personalities (alters) that live in his mind. The girls soon learn that they were kidnapped by one of these “alters” and they start to meet a few different ones. With the help of a quick thinking Casey (Anya Taylor Joy), they start to slowly figure out what has happened. Now they have to find a way to escape and maybe one of the alters can help them.

In my opinion, this movie was well  put together. M. Night Shyamalan amazes me as a writer, director and producer. I tend to think about the truth behind movies. SPLIT is about Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), which was more commonly known as Multiple Personality Disorder. Many people in the world deal with this disorder. SPLIT was thought provoking and eye opening as to what a person with this disorder may have been through and go through daily.

James McAvoy (Kevin) blew me away with his ability to portray so many different personalities for his role. His many transformations on screen were unbelievable.  I really feel like he put his all into this role and it pays off. Betty Buckley (Dr. Fletcher) also does a beautiful job in her role as Kevin’s therapist. You can feel every emotion with her throughout the movie and you can tell she is very passionate about helping Kevin and his alters. Anya Taylor-Joy (Casey) was such a refreshing addition to this movie. Taylor-Joy is great at keeping your attention and knowing how to convey her feelings without ever saying a word. You really just follow her character every time she’s on screen.

SPLIT is rated PG-13 for “disturbing thematic content and behavior, violence and some language.”  I will say that the trailer made this movie seem more terrifying than it actually turned out to be. But that does not mean it was not scary at moments or that you shouldn’t be cautious with bringing your teenagers. This was less of the normal “scary movie” type and more disturbing because it has such a truth and realness to it. It’s definitely not a movie for young children, but its a great movie for the adult crowd that enjoys psychological thrillers.

M. Night Shyamalan’s SPLIT peaked my interest from the very beginning. Now that I’ve seen it, I can say with certainty that I will be seeing it again. The cast really makes this movie worth seeing.  I would highly recommend SPLIT. When you do see it, get ready for some twists and turns and an ending you would never think of! SPLIT is in theaters now.

Writer/director/producer M. Night Shyamalan returns to the captivating grip of The Sixth SenseUnbreakable and Signs with Split, an original film that delves into the mysterious recesses of one man’s fractured, gifted mind.  Following last year’s breakout hit The Visit, Shyamalan reunites with producer Jason Blum (The Purge and Insidious series, The Gift) for the thriller being hailed as “Shyamalan’s most terrifying film to date.”

 

Though Kevin (James McAvoy) has evidenced 23 personalities—each with unique physical attributes—to his trusted psychiatrist, Dr. Fletcher (Betty Buckley), there remains one still submerged who is set to materialize and dominate all the others.  Compelled to abduct three teenage girls led by the willful, observant Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy, The Witch), Kevin reaches a war for survival among all of those contained within him—as well as everyone around him—as the walls between his compartments shatter apart.

 

For the film The Guardian calls “a masterful blend of Hitchcock and horror,” Shyamalan and Blum reassemble their core team from The Visit, the No. 1-grossing horror film of 2015.  Their fellow collaborators on Split include producer Marc Bienstock and executive producers Ashwin Rajan and Steven Schneider.

Ringling Bros. Welcomes First-Ever Female Ringmaster (Discount Code! #BestGiftEver)

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Announces
First-Ever Female Ringmaster

Kristen Michelle Wilson Joins The Greatest Show On Earth®  January 12, 2017 in Orlando, Florida

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Feld Entertainment

Feld Entertainment Inc., the worldwide leader in live family entertainment, announced  that Orlando resident Kristen Michelle Wilson will join Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Circus XTREME® and become the first-ever female ringmaster in the brand’s 146-year history. A dynamic performer with tremendous stage presence and exceptional vocal skills, Wilson beat out hundreds of candidates in a nationwide open audition process to earn the prestigious role.

For over a century, female performers have been some of Ringling Bros. biggest stars, and Wilson will continue the tradition when she joins the show on January 12, 2017. Her premiere performance will be at the Amway Center in Orlando, Fla., and be followed by a national tour including stops in Jacksonville and Tampa, Fla.; Atlanta; Cincinnati; Greenville, S.C.; and Greensboro, N.C. A professional singer with a background in theater, Wilson brings her talent and enthusiastic energy to the iconic role of ringmaster, transforming and further modernizing The Greatest Show On Earth. As a young woman with a diverse background, Wilson will serve as a role model, inspiring and empowering children everywhere to follow their dreams.

Wilson will be the 39th ringmaster in Ringling Bros. history and will star in Circus XTREME alongside artists who redefine the word “extreme” in everything they do by combining never-before-seen spectacles with original, fast-paced performances.

You can still save $5 off select seats using promo code 5CIRCUS.

Offer valid on all shows EXCEPT Thursday at 7:30 p.m. (opening night), Saturday at 3:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. Not valid on Front Row and Premium Seating, nor day of show. Offer valid through January 12. Ringling Bros. tickets make great holiday gifts!

For the national tour schedule and to find out more about Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Circus XTREME, visit Ringling.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube — @RinglingBros

‘Sing’ – Don’t Let Fear Stop You: A Review

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illumination's SINGAmerican Idol – the animal edition.

If you asked me to sum up Illumination’s newest animated venture, SING, that is exactly what comes to mind. But I know what you are thinking – how many talking animal movies can one see in the course of a year? And American Idol – that was so done many seasons ago. How can this movie be any good at all? Give it a chance….

Without giving away any spoilers, the characters of SING will warm your heart and be a welcome treat for your whole family this holiday season. All too much we are exposed to movies that bring doom and gloom or excessive violence, inappropriate scenarios or too much innuendo. SING is devoid of all that.

Instead, SING brings this message:

Don’t let fear stop you from doing what you love.

SING does not promise to be the next blockbuster hit. But for a holiday movie, this is a welcome treat that will have everyone leaving the theater feeling good with a message that resonates. SING focuses on people coming together, for a common good, and bettering all involved.  To quote Buster Moon, “You know what’s great about hitting rock bottom, there’s only one way left to go, and that’s up!”

Wondering if the kids will like SING? Here is my 9 year old’s opinion:

Sing is about a koala,Buster,who has a theater that is hitting hard times. So Buster decides to put on a singing competition. I love the movie setup and how the theater is modeled after an old,rustic,crumbling theater you might pass on a road trip. The movie animation is so detailed. The animation seemed like it was filmed in a real place. The characters are: Buster Moon, a koala; Mike, a mouse; Mrs.Crawl,an iguana; Miss Nana Noodleman, a sheep; Rosita, a pig;  Ash, a porcupine; Johnny, a gorilla;  Eddie Noodleman,a sheep;  Meena an elephant;  and finally, Gunter, a very funny pig.

My favorite character was Meena who is a shy elephant who has a very pretty singing voice. She is my favorite character because she faces her fears just before the movie and is a good animal who will do anything to help make the show  go on. Meena is very kind and is very helpful someone who a parent would want there kid to be like.

The whole movie is just amazing,and has some heartwarming family parts, something the whole family will enjoy. 

Released by Universal Pictures, Sing arrives in theaters on December 21, 2016.


 

Illumination has captivated audiences all over the world with the beloved hits Despicable Me, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, now the second-highest-grossing animated movie in history. Following the release of this summer’s comedy blockbuster The Secret Life of Pets, Illumination presents Sing this holiday season. 

With its highly relatable characters, heart and humor, the first collaboration between writer/director Garth Jennings (Son of Rambow, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) and Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri marks the sixth fully animated feature from the studio.

 

The event film stars Academy Award® winners Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon, alongside Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton and Grammy Award-nominated Tori Kelly. 

 

Set in a world like ours but entirely inhabited by animals, Sing stars Buster Moon (McConaughey), a dapper koala who presides over a once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times. Buster is an eternal—some might even say delusional—optimist who loves his theater above all and will do anything to preserve it. Now faced with the crumbling of his life’s ambition, he has one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the world’s greatest singing competition. 

 

Five lead contestants emerge: Mike (MacFarlane), a mouse who croons as smoothly as he cons; Meena (Kelly), a timid teenage elephant with an enormous case of stage fright; Rosita (Witherspoon), an overtaxed mother run ragged tending a litter of 25 piglets; Johnny (Egerton), a young gangster gorilla looking to break free of his family’s felonies; and Ash (Johansson), a punk-rock porcupine struggling to shed her arrogant boyfriend and go solo.

 

Each arrives under Buster’s marquee believing that this is their shot to change the course of their life. And as Buster coaches each of his contestants closer and closer to the grand finale, he starts to learn that maybe the theater isn’t the only thing that is in need of saving. 

 

Featuring more than 65 hit songs, Sing is produced by Meledandri and his longtime collaborator Janet Healy. Together, they have produced all of Illumination’s films since the studio’s inception. Released by Universal Pictures, Sing arrives in theaters on December 21, 2016.

#Orlando: Monster Jam is Back!

Orlando Monster Jam® Tickets On Sale Now

Tickets start at $15 for Monster Jam at Camping World Stadium

Monster Jam LogoFeld Entertainment announced that tickets for Monster Jam®, the most adrenaline-charged motorsports experience for families on the planet, are now on sale. Monster Jam events are affordably priced for the whole family with seats starting at $15.

Monster Jam will be performing at Camping World Stadium in Orlando on Saturday, January 21, 2017. Gates open at 5 PM, opening ceremonies are at 6:30 PM, and racing starts at 7 PM.

The event will feature more than 12 trucks and drivers vying to be the Orlando champion, including: Grave Digger driven by Dennis Anderson; Son-uva Digger driven by Ryan Anderson; Team Hot Wheels driven by Scott Buetow; Monster Energy driven by Coty Saucier; Jester driven by Matt Pagliarulo; Xtermigator driven by JR McNeal; Rage driven by Cory Rummel; Barbarian driven by Devin Jones; plus OVER Bored, Bounty Hunter, Knucklehead, Madusa and Wrecking Crew. (Trucks/drivers subject to change without notice.)

Approximately 12 feet tall and about 12 feet wide, Monster Jam trucks are custom-designed machines that sit atop 66-inch-tall tires and weigh a minimum of 10,000 pounds. Built for short, high-powered bursts of speed, Monster Jam trucks generate 1,500 to 2,000 horsepower and are capable of speeds of up to 100 miles per hour. Monster Jam trucks can fly up to125 to 130 feet (a distance greater than 14 cars side by side) and up to 35 feet in the air.

The Party in the Pits on Saturday, January 21, from 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM gives fans the opportunity to get up close and personal to the Monster Jam trucks and drivers. Pit Passes are available for $10.00 at the Amway Center Box office in advance, online atwww.ticketmaster.com, or charge by phone at 800-745-3000. Same day event ticket and pit pass required for entry to pit party.

Tickets to Monster Jam are now on sale at www.ticketmaster.com. All seats reserved. Subject to facility fee, plus convenience and handling charges. Camping World Stadium is located at 1610 W. Church Street, Orlando, FL 32805.

For more information on a Monster Jam, please log onto www.MonsterJam.com (click on “Tickets” and search for Orlando) or follow us via our social channels below:

#Orlando: Make Your #BestGiftEver from Ringling Bros with Circus Extreme! DISCOUNT CODE

Ringling Bros Circus Extreme

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Circus XTREME SM, is playing at Amway Center January 12-16, 2017Prepare to be astonished and amazed by artists who redefine the word extreme in everything they do, magnifying traditional elements of the circus and combining these elements with never-before-seen spectacles, original, fast-paced performances and incredibly hilarious moments.

Children Of All Ages can let their imaginations go wild in an exhilarating adventure with extreme thrills, exotic animals and extraordinary performers that add up to the ultimate family entertainment experience. Join us at Amway Center from January 12-16, 2017 as we explore a world of extreme beauty, flexibility, strength and dexterity in ways you’ve never seen before.

You can save $5 off select seats using promo code 5CIRCUS.

Offer valid on all shows EXCEPT Thursday at 7:30 p.m. (opening night), Saturday at 3:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.Not valid on Front Row and Premium Seating, nor day of show. Offer valid through January 12. Ringling Bros. tickets make great holiday gifts!

SING SATURDAY – Learn How to See SING for FREE Thanksgiving Weekend!

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ILLUMINATION ENTERTAINMENT, UNIVERSAL PICTURES AND AMC THEATRES®ANNOUNCE THANKSGIVING WEEKEND’S FREE “SING SATURDAY”

First 200 Moviegoers in Line at 200 AMC Theatres Nationwide Can Enjoy Biggest Advance-Screening Program in Universal’s History

Sing Saturday” Launches Event Film Starring Oscar® Winners Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon, as Well as Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton and Tori Kelly

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Illumination Entertainment, Universal Pictures and AMC Theatres today announced a Thanksgiving weekend event for audiences of all ages: “Sing Saturday,” a celebration of free screenings of the new event film from Illumination at 200 AMC Theatres nationwide, on November 26.  From the creators of Despicable Me, Sing—in which Academy Award® winners Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon lead an all-star cast—arrives nationwide on December 21, 2016.

Tickets for “Sing Saturday” screenings are available on a first-come, first-served basis to the first 200 moviegoers in line at participating AMC Theatres on Saturday, November 26 (10 a.m. local time).  Audiences are encouraged to bring their family and friends of all ages and experience the film Variety calls “a game changer.”  Moviegoers must be in line to receive a ticket for the screening.

“We are so proud that ‘Sing Saturday’ marks the biggest advance-screening program in the history of Universal Pictures and are honored to join AMC as we kick off the holiday season with Illumination’s gift for moviegoers of every generation,” said Nick Carpou, President of Distribution, Universal.

“For the past several years, Sing has been a labor of love for everyone at Illumination, as well as the tireless performers who have poured their hearts into this movie,” said Chris Meledandri, Founder and CEO of Illumination.  “We know audiences of all ages will embrace the heart and the humor of this extraordinary film and can’t wait for movielovers to experience Sing over Thanksgiving weekend, throughout the holiday season and beyond.”

“For AMC movie-loving audiences of all ages who have cooked through Thanksgiving Thursday and shopped through Black Friday, AMC is thrilled to offer a holiday-entertainment treat with Sing Saturday,” said Elizabeth Frank, EVP and Chief Content and Programming Officer, AMC Theatres.

For more information and a list of AMC Theatres participating in “Sing Saturday,” please visit www.SingSaturday.com.

#Orlando: Ringling Bros. Tickets on Sale Now

Ringling Bros Circus Extreme

 

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® is Bringing XTREME to Orlando!

Tickets go on Sale Monday, November 14 
The Greatest Show On Earth
® Features Extreme Acts Fused with Iconic Circus Traditions for the Ultimate Family Entertainment Experience

Ringling Bros Circus ExtremePrepare to be astonished and amazed by artists who redefine the word extreme in everything they do, magnifying traditional elements of the circus and combining these elements with never-before-seen spectacles, original, fast-paced performances and incredibly hilarious moments.

Children Of All Ages can let their imaginations go wild in an exhilarating adventure with extreme thrills, exotic animals and extraordinary performers that add up to the ultimate family entertainment experience. Join us at Amway Center from January 12-16, 2017 as we explore a world of extreme beauty, flexibility, strength and dexterity in ways you’ve never seen before. Purchase tickets for your family to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Circus XTREME® when tickets go on sale to the public on Monday, November 14 at 10:00 AM.

High-wire wizards, powerful strongmen, BMX trick riders, trampoline daredevils, inconceivable contortionists, a high-flying human cannonball, a bungee aerial skydiving display and an international assembly of more than 300 cast and crew provide two and a half hours of thrilling entertainment.

With such an exciting lineup, The Greatest Show On Earth® guarantees to dazzle and astound, and a Ringling Bros.® show wouldn’t be complete without a full menagerie of amazing animals. Circus XTREME features beautiful Bengal tigers and two-humped camels ridden by brave Mongolian women.

The party starts an hour before the show at the All Access Pre-show, which is free with ticket purchase. Families can meet an international cast of performers and get up close to the menagerie of animals. Try on custom costumes, learn circus skills — like juggling — from the famous Ringling Bros. Clown Alley. Together with the show, families receive over three hours of extreme family fun not to be missed.

Prepare to be amazed by the unexpected. Do something extreme today, and get tickets for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Circus XTREME.

Ticketholders can purchase an upgrade and go backstage with a VIP Behind the Scenes Tour of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey. The backstage experience includes an insider look at props and wardrobe, an up close and personal encounter with the animals and a chance to meet stars from the show. Fans will also have an opportunity to take pictures and learn educational fun facts.  To take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime experience, just log on to ringlingbros.expapp.com from iPhone or Android smartphone, and provide name, e-mail and phone number to become a VIP circus insider.

Performance Schedule:

  • Thursday, January 12 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, January 13 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 14 at 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, January 15 at 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, January 16 at 1:00 p.m. (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)

For more information visit Ringling.com, or visit us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Tickets for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Circus XTREME®  go on sale to the public on Monday, November 14 at 10:00 AM. All seats are reserved. Tickets are available at www.Ringling.com orwww.ticketmaster.com, at any Ticketmaster outlet, by calling 800-745-3000, or at the Amway Center box office (phone: 407-440-7900). For group ticket sales and information, call 866-248-8740.  The Amway Center is located at 400 West Church Street – Suite 200, Orlando, Florida 32801.

New Character Posters for Illumination’s SING

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illumination-singIllumination has captivated audiences all over the world with the beloved hits Despicable Me, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, now the second-highest-grossing animated movie in history. Following the release of this summer’s comedy blockbuster The Secret Life of Pets, Illumination presents Sing this holiday season.

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With its highly relatable characters, heart and humor, the first collaboration between writer/director Garth Jennings (Son of Rambow, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) and Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri marks the sixth fully animated feature from the studio.

The event film stars Academy Award® winners Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon, alongside Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton and Grammy Award-nominated Tori Kelly.

Set in a world like ours but entirely inhabited by animals, Sing stars Buster Moon (McConaughey), a dapper koala who presides over a once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times. Buster is an eternal—some might even say delusional—optimist who loves his theater above all and will do anything to preserve it. Now faced with the crumbling of his life’s ambition, he has one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the world’s greatest singing competition.

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Five lead contestants emerge: Mike (MacFarlane), a mouse who croons as smoothly as he cons; Meena (Kelly), a timid teenage elephant with an enormous case of stage fright; Rosita (Witherspoon), an overtaxed mother run ragged tending a litter of 25 piglets; Johnny (Egerton), a young gangster gorilla looking to break free of his family’s felonies; and Ash (Johansson), a punk-rock porcupine struggling to shed her arrogant boyfriend and go solo.

illuminations-sing-matthew mcconaughy as buster moonEach arrives under Buster’s marquee believing that this is their shot to change the course of their life. And as Buster coaches each of his contestants closer and closer to the grand finale, he starts to learn that maybe the theater isn’t the only thing that is in need of saving.

Featuring more than 65 hit songs, Sing is produced by Meledandri and his longtime collaborator Janet Healy. Together, they have produced all of Illumination’s films since the studio’s inception. Released by Universal Pictures, Sing arrives in theaters on December 21, 2016. www.singmovie.com

Be sure to download the Sing color sheet!

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