Sing Your Heart Out – Story Critique- Week 5


As soon as I saw the movie trailer for Sing, I was hooked! My chosen story theme is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and this movie has them all. I love the excitement and the optimism of the ENFP main character, the Koala bear. Every personality type has their strengths and weaknesses. Adding to the humor of the piece is the song choice of each contestant. My favorite is the snail singing “Ride Like the Wind.” I can hardly wait to see this movie!

What types of “involvement” – and by the author/creator(s), participant(s), and/or audience – are apparent in this story?

An animated feature is the epitome of collaboration – writers, animators, voice actors, editors, etc. These features take hundreds of people several years to create. I still marvel at the fact that this is even possible.

How would you characterize the “literacy dimensions” present in this story?

The most evident literacy dimension is the mixing together the story of a very real thing we are all familiar with, a singing contest, and mixing it with very unreal animal characters. These animals are given human traits and personalities. They have hopes, dreams, and talent. For a brief moment in time, the audience must suspend their belief. It appeals to adults and children alike.

What are the online spaces and sites that bring this story to life? Why do these spaces and sites matter to the impact of the given story?

This movie trailer was posted on YouTube. In this particular case, the online space is just meant to share, to promote, and to entertain. The story was brought to life by all those involved in the creation of it. This piece was created in its entirety before it was posted online. This space has little impact on “bringing it to life,” other than the fact that it provides a space for it to gain an audience and the audience has the opportunity to comment.

Based upon your assessment of involvement and literacy dimensions, what modifications and changes to this digital story might improve aspects of narrative, production, media usage, and/or audience engagement?

Nothing. Absolutely nothing. This is perfection. Christmas can’t come soon enough!

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