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The 2016 original “Sing” holds an interesting domestic box office record. At $ 270 million, it is the highest grossing film ever to be America’s # 1 movie. It opened the week after “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and has never been able to escape the shadow of that film. Likewise, “Sing 2” opens the week after “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” a film that grossed $ 180 million more in its first ten days than “Rogue One”. This movie can’t hope to take the # 1 spot, but it can hope to be a # 2 hit over two holiday weekends like its predecessor. Unfortunately, like its predecessor, I can’t say I think about it much.

Much of the cast from the first film is back: Matthew McConaughey as aspiring producer / koala Buster Moon, Reese Witherspoon as housewife / overworked pig Rosita, Scarlett Johansson and punk-rock porcupine Ash, Taron Egerton as gorilla surprisingly sensitive Johnny, Tori Kelly as the shy elephant Meena, Nick Kroll as enthusiastic pig Gunter, director Garth Jennings as glass-eyed iguana Miss Crawly and Jennifer Saunders as wealthy donor / sheep Nana Noodleman. Saunders has arguably the most heartfelt scene in the film when she tells Buster not to collapse over a bad review of her show.

Buster and his small town team travel to the big city to try and get a residence at a casino owned by wolf Jimmy Crystal (Bobby Cannivale, as an approximation of Steve Wynn, although there seems to be some Donald Trump for good measure). Never promise too much, Buster says he can not only put together a full-fledged space musical in three weeks, but also land lone lion rock star Clay Calloway (Bono) to make nighttime appearances.

To anyone’s surprise, things turn out badly. Gunter keeps making changes to the script, Rosita is afraid of stunts involving a high jump, Meena doesn’t want to kiss her stage / yak partner Darius (Eric Andre), Jimmy can’t dance and is terrified of the choreographer monkey Klaus (Adam Buxton), Jimmy’s stupid daughter, Porsha (Halsey) wants to be the frontman of the show and Buster can’t say no to her, and Calloway is so averse to the performance that he shoots Miss Crawley when she l politely calls. He only shoots her with paintballs, but the poor woman is traumatized by the experience.

Lessons are learned, fears are overcome. It is worth mentioning that the solution to Johnny’s dilemma involves the tutoring of the lynx street dancer Nooshy (Letitia Wright) and that of Meena involves the ice cream peddler elephant Alfonso (Pharrell Williams). Much suspense revolves around whether or not Calloway will perform “I still haven’t found what I’m looking for”. The movie trailers revealed he did, and I should be mad at them for playing spoiler, but the movie got Bono for the role, so… a safe bet.

Speaking of “sure”, that’s exactly what “Sing 2” is. Colorful, cute, predictable and safe. My only major gripe concerns the villain’s writing (why does Jimmy dismiss an experienced theater troupe and audition one-note players with no other chance but to give us an edit, let alone take at the very least an unproven stranger?). I can’t claim that some of the songs and dances were not catchy, but I can’t say that I found them particularly memorable. I only laughed at maybe one in five jokes, but there weren’t too many moans. I probably would have hated this movie more if I hadn’t spent the previous two nights letting “The Matrix Resurrections” and “The King’s Man” eat up most of my disdain. This is a movie for families with children too young to see “Spider-Man: No Way Home” and who have seen “Encanto” before. At least you’d better have seen “Encanto” before if you take your family there. You know what? See “Encanto” again anyway. Only see “Sing 2” if you’ve seen “Encanto” at least twice.

Rating: C

“Sing 2” is rated PG for coarse material and slight danger / violence. Its autonomy is 110 minutes.