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A parent's guide to 'Sing'

If you have questions about taking the family to see the new animated film "Sing," you can relax. As I wrote in my review, the film is  "vibrant, fresh and deliriously fun for kids, parents, and anyone who understands the passions that drive us to, well, sing." Here is a look at the film from a parent's perspective.

What’s the ideal viewing age?

“Sing” checks every box, age-wise. Kids will love the characters and dance to the songs. Parents will appreciate the humor and recognize the tunes. Even tweens and teens are likely to be impressed.

And what ages should avoid seeing this?

Except for some gastrointestinal humor and one elaborate flooding sequence that might be frightening, it’s a safe view for those age 4 and older.

What was the audience response?

The screening audience clapped at several points, and erupted at film’s end. And the kids in attendance were enraptured. “Sing” is the definition of a crowd-pleaser, and the response from the screening viewers should repeat itself nationwide. However, the running time must be acknowledged. At 108 minutes, it’s a bit overlong for a family film. Still, even if attention starts to dip, the film’s final stretch is dazzling, and kids will be completely swept up. My advice? Take children for a bathroom break after the flooding sequence -- you’ll know the one -- but make sure they are back in their seats for the end concert.

Does it need to be seen in 3D?

Is it a necessity? No. Is it recommended? I would say yes, and I’m normally in the anti-3-D crowd. The 3-D is among the finest I’ve seen, and made the film truly pop. This time, it might be worth the money.

Will parents stay awake?

Indeed, they will, thanks to the humor and the songs. “Sing” features Katy Perry and Taylor Swift covers, but it also has Leonard Cohen and David Bowie -- albeit, Leonard Cohen sung by a shy elephant. How very 2016.


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