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Illumination Unwraps Live Holiday Concert for ‘Sing’

YouTube Space LA, Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures partner for ‘Sing Presents a Holiday Remix Live on YouTube’ concert; livestream begins at 5:00 PM PT/8:00 PM ET.

LOS ANGELES -- On Friday, December 16, YouTube Space LA is partnering with Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures to host a live holiday concert in celebration of the upcoming event film Sing. The concert will livestream on the official Illumination YouTube channel and on the YouTube home page. Tune in below beginning 5:00 PM PT/8:00 PM ET to see some of the biggest YouTube music artists as they mashup, duet and dance their way through the holiday songbook. The two-time Golden Globe Award-nominated Sing arrives in theatres nationwide on December 21, 2016.

Keith Habersberger from The Try Guys and Tiffany Smith are hosting the event with performances by Mike Tompkins, Karmin, Chloe x Halle, Kina Grannis, UsTheDuo, Kurt Hugo Schneider, KRFNX, Leroy Sanchez, Peter Hollens, Harper Still, and many more.

The concert is part of a larger program with Sing and YouTube that has included dozens of top YouTube and mainstream talent filming holiday music videos and other content on Sing-inspired sets designed by Illumination artists at YouTube Spaces in Los Angeles and New York. The content filmed on these sets will appear on YouTube throughout December on the talent’s own channels and a playlist on YouTube.

Fans were also offered the opportunity to star in a Sing-inspired music video collaboration by YouTube star Mike Tompkins for Stevie Wonder’s Golden Globe Award-nominated “Faith” featuring Ariana Grande. The brand new single is featured in the film, available on the soundtrack and in the Real Talent, From Real Life contest. The video will be showcased on the YouTube homepage on December 16.

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.

Source: Illumination Entertainment

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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.