- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 16, 2016

On Nov. 26, some 40,000 lucky moviegoers will get to see the new animated musical “Sing” a month before it is released to cinemas nationwide.

Released by Illumination Entertainment, a Universal Pictures-owned company, the film starring Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johnansson and “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane will be screened at 200 participating AMC movie theater locations in the United States, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Only 200 audience members per theater will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis, THR reported Wednesday.

Of course, if you want to make it on time, you may want to give up sleeping in to recuperate from a hectic Black Friday: the screenings are scheduled for 10 a.m. local time.

In a movie review published in September, THR hailed “Sing” as “a treat for both the ears and eyes” with “surprisingly impressive results” from the cast, who all sang their respective characters’ songs.

As Slashfilm.com noted Friday, “Sing” is just one of 27 cartoons submitted for possible nomination as a 2017 Oscar contender for Best Animated Feature. “The Angry Birds Movie,” “Finding Dory” and “Zootopia” are among the most notable on the list.

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