Illumination Entertainment, the studio that brought you Despicable Me and The Secret Life of Pets, is adding a bit of extra joy to the holiday weekend for some moviegoers. In cooperation with AMC Theaters, Illumination is bringing their hotly-anticipated animated event film Sing to 200 theaters across the country for special advance screenings.

“Sing Saturday,” which is slated for November 26 is a round of free first-come, first-served screenings each starting at 10 a.m. And they mean first-come, first-served — there will be no advance ticketing for these screenings. Don’t despair though, you can still sleep in a bit AND see the movie, as doors will open at 9 a.m., at which point at least 200 tickets will be given away at each location.

Fans should visit to see a list of participating theaters in their location.

Academy Award® winner MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY stars as dapper koala Buster Moon—whose charm and passion are utterly contagious—in the event film "Sing," from Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures.

Now, I’m not sure you should need too many reasons to be persuaded to check out a free movie with the family, but know this: Sing Saturday entitles you to be a Sing hipster. Which is to say you can say you liked it before it was cool, as you’ll be seeing it well in advance of its theatrical release on December 21.

Sing also features an A-list roster of talent getting their song-and-dance on as adorable animated creatures. Sing takes on a similar conceit to Zootopia, in that the world of these characters is just like ours, but it is exclusively populated by animals. It seems that’s where the similarities end, however, there are still dreamers here, but Sing is all about the music. Here’s a synopsis.

Set in a world like ours but entirely inhabited by animals, Sing stars Buster Moon (Matthew 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 (Seth MacFarlane), a mouse who croons as smoothly as he cons; Meena (Tori Kelly), a timid teenage elephant with an enormous case of stage fright; Rosita (Reese Witherspoon), an overtaxed mother run ragged tending a litter of 25 piglets; Johnny (Taran Egerton), a young gangster gorilla looking to break free of his family’s felonies; and Ash (Scarlett 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.

Oh, and word on the street has it that Sing features more than 65 hit songs, so I’m picturing Glee in its heyday, but with adorable animals instead of angsty and awkward teens.

Academy Award® winner MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY stars as dapper koala Buster Moon and writer/director GARTH JENNINGS voices elderly lizard Miss Crawly in the event film "Sing," from Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures.

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