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Hero Overview

You know what's great about hitting rock bottom, Eddie? There's only one way to go, and that's UP!
~ Buster.
Dream big dreams.
~ Buster's catchphrase.

Buster Moon, or commonly known as Mr. Moon, is the main protagonist of Illumination's 7th animated feature film Sing and its sequel Sing 2.

He is the owner of the Moon Theater, who wishes to make a success out of his business. After accidentally lying about the amount of money the winner would get in the singing show, he gets a lot of people into it, and even after they discover, they become friends and permanent performers.

He is voiced by Matthew McConaughey, who also portrayed Rustin "Rust" Cohle in True Detective, voiced Beetle in Kubo and the Two Strings, and portrayed Elvis Presley in Agent Elvis.

Appearance[]

Buster Moon is an anthropomorphic koala. He has a gray and white fur, an unbuttoned blue suit jacket covering white shirt and red bowtie, a brown and gold wristwatch, some blue dress pants, a black belt, and some brown shoes.

Personality[]

Buster is upstanding, loyal, friendly and committed to flourish anyone's talent through his musical theater. He's also careless with money, flaky about promises and narrow-minded enough in his goal to justify sketchy behavior. Nevertheless, his worst actions are often fueled by desperation and blind idealism rather than genuine malice. Even when the odds are against him, he will stop at nothing to accomplish his goals. Buster also has a passionate love for show business, particularly theater. He is wholly supportive of all his performers, and uses his managerial skills to draw out their talent. However, Buster is also pushy and opportunistic, willing to lie to steal electricity and water for his theater, and lie to his contestants about the prize money. He is bit of a control freak when organizing the competition, such as making two soloists who don't know each other team up, making Johnny play an instrument he hasn't used in years, and making a tomboy-rocker wear a shiny dress and do a pop princess act. It did ultimately turn out for the best though, as the contestants were forced to expand their boundaries because of Buster.

Biography[]

Sing[]

Young buster moon

Buster Moon as a child.

When Buster was a child, he wanted to be the first koala astronaut, but this dream changed after his father took him to see the play Epiphany. Young Buster was so amazed by the play, and star Nana Noodleman's performance in particular, he developed a lifelong passion for theater. Thirty years later, Buster buys the theater that staged Epiphany, using money his supportive father saved from his car-washing business; he renames it the Moon Theater.

At start of Sing, the Moon Theater has fallen on hard times, with several shows flopping and Buster accruing considerable debt. As a final effort to restore is theater's popularity, he decides to organize a singing competition, despite the misgivings of his best friend, Eddie Noodleman. Buster scrapes together $1,000 to give the winner, but thanks to an incident involving his elderly assistant Miss Crawly, the flyers are sent proclaiming a $100,000 prize, causing a stir in the city. Ultimately, six acts pass the audition, but after one is injured and a second disbands early, Buster allows Meena, a failed contestant turned stagehand, to join.

After learning from Eddie that Nana Noodleman is still alive & extremely rich, Buster sees this as a way to get the remaining $99,000, so to convince her to provide the remaining money, Buster constructs a glass stage filled with water and bioluminescent squids for an elaborate rehearsal. Unfortunately, it is interrupted by three bear gangsters who were cheated out of money by the contestant Mike; they demand the money in the chest as payment. When Buster stalls, the bear leader smashes the chest with a baseball bat, revealing its contents were less than advertised. Everyone's combined weight combined with the force of the baseball bat causes the stage to crack, flooding the Moon Theater and leading to its collapse.

With the destruction of his beloved theater, Buster completely gives up. He spurns his contestants' encouragement and desire to perform, and resigns himself to a lifetime of car-washing. Though he is able to get support from Eddie through this, it is only when hearing Meena sing "Hallelujah" in the Moon Theater ruins that Buster's spirit is restored. He rallies his performers, and together they stage an open-air concert in the ruins. The result is so spectacular it redeems Buster in the eyes of Nana, who purchases the theater property and finances construction of the New Moon Theater. Buster holds a grand opening, which closes Sing.

Sing 2[]

After the events of the first film, Buster sets his sights on making his theater a bigger success so he and his friends head to Redshore city to make his dream reality. After managing to sneak in for an appointment slot with Jimmy Crystal, CEO of Crystal Entertainment, Gunter unexpectedly blurts out a theater play that features retired rock star Clay Calloway and having rights to his songs, prompting him to immediately change his mind and gives Buster & the gang 3 weeks to put the show up and running, but not before Buster is threatened by him to not make him look bad or he'll "throw [him] off the roof".

Unfortunately, not only does Buster not actually know Calloway, but learns from Ash that he's become a recluse since the death of his wife Ruby, determined to let his show go on, Buster sends Miss Crawly to find him, though she does find him, he's become such a recluse that he scares her away. Jimmy later finds out about the lie, leading him to hold Buster over the edge of the Crystal Tower Hotel telling Moon "No one makes me look like a fool. NO ONE!!!".

Now scared that his life is on the line, Buster & Ash drive to Calloway's home to try and convince him to play in the show, but when he fails at this, after Ash sings one of his songs to him, Clay decides to go along with it and return to Redshore city with her. Unfortunately after a misunderstanding with Jimmy's daughter Porsha thinking she got fired Jimmy locks Buster in his closet, planning on actually throwing him off the roof later, Jimmy's assistant, Suki frees buster and tells him to run, but after being inspired by Clay's newfound confidence, Moon puts on "Out of This World", with Johnny getting his father and his gang to perform security while Rosita has her husband releases their kids to distract Jimmy's security so they can sneak into the theatre and put on the show.

Just as the show reaches it's grand finale, Jimmy grabs Buster by the neck collar and carries him atop an elevator to finish him off, though Buster assures him that no matter how many times he says it, he'll never be afraid of him anymore. When Crystal tries to throw him down, Rosita, who had developed a fear of heights, manages to overcome her fear and save Buster before he plummets to the ground. After the show is made a big success, Buster joins the applause by the crowd, and when Crystal attempts take credit for all their hard work, they ditch him to be humiliated by the crowd and get arrested by the cops for his attempted murder, much to his assistant Jerry's sadness.

After their "Out of the World" performance, Moon looks back one last time at Redshore city with Porsha in tow, but is then surprised when Suki reveals that "The Majestic" a Major theater just as popular as Crystal's theater loved their show so much that they want them to perform at their theater tonight, with assurance from Clay, Buster happily accepts their offer and they go on to perform it with Nana along for the ride, with Buster happily watching in the VIP section happy that he did indeed made it big time.

Quotes[]

Sing

“This was it. The moment it all began. The moment an ordinary little guy fell in love with theater. Everything about it: the lights, the way the scenery moved, even the smell. He was only 6 years old, but his plans to become the first koala bear in space were suddenly... toast. Some folks may have said he grew up to be the greatest showman the city has ever seen. Some called him a visionary, a maverick. Sure some folks said he was as crazy as he was stubborn, but I say wonder and magic don't come easy, pal, and oh, there would never be any doubt. The name Buster Moon would go down in entertainment history. And I should know, because I am Buster-”
~ Buster Moon opening Sing
“My next show is gonna be, drumroll please: a singing competition!”
~ Buster Moon explaining his plans to Eddie
And cue the crazy old lizard.
~ Buster moments before Miss Crawly enters his office
'Loud and horrible, but shows promise.' Welcome to the show.
~ Buster telling Ash she passed the audition
Yes, I was saying that you are in... Oh jeez, this is gonna drive me nuts. Johnny, get back here. You're in. Thank you, Daniel. Goodbye!

~ Buster, realizing the burden of using a megaphone to communicate with Daniel the giraffe, dismisses him from the competition in favor of Johnny
Rosita, Rosita, Rosita. 'Great set of pipes, but boring to watch.' ... So, what should I do? I could partner you up with... Gunter! Gunter, where are ya?”
~ Buster selecting Rosita and Gunter for as a duo for his competition
I have this bucket because it belonged to my father. Every day for 30 years, he'd worked his tail off washing cars, just so I can buy this place. Every day, Eddie. Just for me.
~ Buster explaining to Eddie the significance of his father's bucket
Are you wearing a Speedo, Eddie?

~ Buster watching Eddie swim in his pool
Don't let fear stop you from doing the thing you love.
~ Buster counseling Meena
“Oh, Dad, I'm so sorry...”
~ Buster after the destruction of the Moon Theater
“Oh, Dad, I wish you could see this...”

~ –Buster at the conclusion of the concert in the Moon Theater's ruins
“All creatures great and small, welcome to the New Moon Theater!”

~ –Buster Moon at the grand opening of the New Moon Theater, closing Sing

Sing 2

“Dream big dreams. That's what I always said, right?”
~ –Buster Moon, to Miss Crawly
“Everybody mop.”
~ –Buster Moon, to the gang to avoid suspision from everyone in the room.
“No Sir. I’m not a loser. We did what we came here to do. And there is nothing, you can do or say to change that.”
~ –Buster Moon to Jimmy Crystal, as Buster finally stands up to Jimmy, showing no fear of him anymore and rightfully tells him he’s not a loser and there’s nothing Jimmy can do to change what everyone saw him and his friends talents they loved.

Songs Performed[]

  • "Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsen (Kiss - 2012-2013)

Trivia[]

  • In his introduction, a diploma from the Modern Drama Institute can be seen on his office walls.
  • He is the third Illumination protagonist to be an animal, after E.B. from Hop and Max from The Secret Life of Pets and the second to have a sequel.
  • Buster is ambidextrous.
    • He is left handed as his wristwatch is seen on his left hand.

External Links[]

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Movies
Sing: Buster Moon | Miss Crawly | Johnny | Ash | Rosita | Norman | Meena | Eddie Noodleman | Gunter | Marcus | Nancy | Nana Noodleman
Sing 2: Clay Calloway | Porsha Crystal | Nooshy | Suki Lane

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