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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 is an anthropomorphic koala, who is the owner of the Moon Theater, best friend of Eddie, the archenemy of Jimmy Crystal, and the main protagonist of Illumination's 7th feature film Sing and its sequel Sing 2.

He is voiced by Academy Award-winner Matthew McConaughey, who also portrayed Rustin "Rust" Cohle in True Detective and voiced Beetle in Kubo and the Two Strings.

Appearance

Buster has gray fur with white patches on his mouth and chest, and inside his ears. He wears a blue suit and pants with a red bow tie and brown shoes.

In his Christmas-themed outfit, he wears a red version of his suit with a green and yellow striped bow tie.

Personality

He is extremely optimistic. 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.

Biography

Sing

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 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.

To convince Nana Noodleman to provide the remaining $99,000, 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. 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

Buster sets his sights on making his theater a bigger success so he and his friends head to the big city to make his dream reality.

Quotes

“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

Songs Performed

  • "Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsen

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.

Navigation

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

See Also
Universal Studios Heroes | Illumination Heroes

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Animated Features
Fievel Mousekewitz | Tanya Mousekewitz | Tiger | Tony Toponi | Bridget | Henri | Littlefoot | Cera | Ducky | Petrie | Spike | Bron | Littlefoot's Mother | Rex | Elsa | Woog | Dweeb | Louie | Cecilia Nuthatch | Captain Neweyes | Grandma and Grandpa Longneck | Balto | Jenna | Boris | Aleu | Kodi | Dingo | Saba | Curious George | Ted Shackleford | Maggie Dunlop | 9 | The Scientist | 2 | 3 & 4 | 5 | 7 | Despereaux Tilling | Felonious Gru | Margo Gru | Edith Gru | Agnes Gru | Dr. Nefario | Minions | The Lorax | Ted Wiggins | The Once-Ler | Audrey | Grammy Norma | Cy the O'Hare Delivery Guy | Lucy Wilde | Silas Ramsbottom | Anti-Villain League | Surly | Buddy | Andie | Kevin, Stuart & Bob | Max | Duke | Gidget | Snowball | Tattoo | Tiberius | Chloe | Buddy | Mel | Sweet Pea | Pops | Norman | Katie | Buster Moon | Johnny | Ash | Rosita | Meena | Eddie Noodleman | Gunter | Nancy | Dru Gru | The Grinch | Max | Cindy Lou Who | Fred | Donna Lou Who | Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III | Toothless | Astrid Hofferson | Stormfly | Fishlegs Ingerman | Meatlug | Snotlout Jorgenson | Hookfang | Ruffnut Thorston | Tuffnut Thorston | Barf and Belch | Stoick the Vast | Gobber the Belch | Valka | Eret | Light Fury | Moxy | Mandy | Ox | Kitty | Lydia | Tuesday | Daisy | Rooster | Hu | Pickles | Tiny | Princess | Yi | Everest | Jin | Peng | Burnish | Princess Poppy | Branch | Bridget | King Gristle Jr. | DJ Suki | Cooper | Biggie | Mr. Dinkles | Guy Diamond | Smidge | King Trollex | Tiny Diamond | Grug Crood | Eep Crood | Guy | Ugga Crood | Thunk Crood | Sandy Crood | Gran | Chunky | Phil Betterman | Hope Betterman | Dawn Betterman | Lucky Prescott | Boss Baby | Tim Templeton | Tina Templeton | Alfonso | Clay Calloway | Porsha Crystal | Nooshy | Darius | Suki Lane | Mr. Wolf | Mr. Snake | Mr. Shark | Mr. Piranha | Ms. Tarantula | Diane Foxington | Mario | Luigi | Princess Peach | Toad | Donkey Kong | Cranky Kong

Live-Action Films
Larry Talbot (1941) | Sam Bowden (1962) | Atticus Finch | Jean Louise Finch | Arthur Radley | Martin Brody | Sam Quint | Marge | E.T. | Elliott | Michael | Gertie | Conan the Barbarian | Princess Jehnna | R.J. MacReady | Jen | Kira | Fizzgig | Aughra | UrRu | Michael Brody | Gina Montana | Marty McFly | John Bender | Claire Standish | Andrew Clark | Brian Johnson | Allison Reynolds | Emmett Brown | Howard the Duck | Harry Henderson | Andy Barclay | Kyle | John Kimble | Ronald Tyler | Kristen De Silva | Valentine McKee | Earl Bassett | Darkman | Sam Bowden (1991) | Beethoven | George Newton | Alan Grant | Ellie Sattler | John Hammond | Ian Malcolm | Tim Murphy | Lex Murphy | Ray Arnold | Henry Wu | Robert Muldoon | Donald Gennaro | Max Walker | Billy Madison | Casper McFadden | Kathleen "Kat" Harvey | Dr. James Harvey | Ghostly Trio | Babe | Fly | Rex | Arthur Hoggett | Esme Hoggett | Ferdinand | Happy Gilmore | Bowen | Draco | Professor Sherman Klump | Fletcher Reede | Sarah Harding | Eddie Carr | Nick Van Owen | Kelly Malcolm | Roland Tembo | Ajay Sidhu | Alan Abernathy | Christy Fimple | Gorgonites (Archer, Ocula, Punch-It & Scratch-It, Insaniac, Slamfist, & Troglokhan) | Rick O'Connell | Evelyn O' Connell | Jonathan Carnahan | Ardeth Bay | Maximus Decimus Meridius | Bullwrinkle J. Moose (2000) | Rocket J. Squirrel (2000) | The Grinch | Max | Cindy Lou Who (2000) | Martha May Whovier | Brian O'Conner | Dominic Toretto | Letty Ortiz | Mia Toretto | Vince | Alex O'Connell | Clarice Starling | Eric Kirby | Amanda Kirby | Paul Kirby | Billy Brennan | Udesky | M.B. Nash | Cooper | Jason Shepherd | Kaylee | Mathayus the Scorpion King | Cassandra | Balthazar | Jason Bourne | Roman Pearce | Tej Parker | Johnny English | Angus Bough | Lorna Campbell | Pegasus | Bruce Nolan | God | Evan Baxter | Hulk (2003) | Betty Ross (2003) | Thunderbolt Ross (2003) | The Cat in the Hat (2003) | Conrad | Sally | The Fish | Thing One and Thing Two | Peter Pan | Wendy Darling | Tinker Bell | Michael Darling | John Darling | Shaun | Ed | Liz | Gabriel Van Helsing | Anna Valerious | Carl | Frankenstein's Monster | Richard B. Riddick | Nanny McPhee | Cedric Brown | Evangeline | John "Reaper" Grimm | King Kong | Ann Darrow | Jack Driscoll | Carl Denham | Captain Englehorn | Bruce Baxter | Ben Hayes | Jimmy | Lumpy | Sean Boswell | Han Seoul-Oh | Nicholas Angel | Danny Butterman | The Andys | Doris Thatcher | Tony Fisher | Bob Walker | Hulk (2008) | Betty Ross (2008) | Thunderbolt Ross (2008) | Wesley Gibson | Lin Yuan Guo | Max Doyle | Dr. Rick Marshall | Holly Cantrell | Will Stanton | Cha-Ka | Larry Talbot (2010) | Kick-Ass | Hit-Girl | Big Daddy | Scott Pilgrim | Ramona Flowers | Envy Adams | Prince Thadeous | Prince Fabious | Isabel | Paul | Graeme Willy | Clive Gollings | E.B. | Fred O'Hare | Mr. Bunny | The Pink Berets | Phil | Luke Hobbs | Elena Neves | Kate Sumner | Colin Tucker | Pamela Thornton | Snow White | Eric the Huntsman | William | Ted | John Bennett | Lori Collins | Aaron Cross | The Barden Bellas (Beca Mitchell, Fat Amy & Aubrey Posen) | Owen Shaw | Gary King | Andy Knightley | Steven Prince | Peter Page | Sam Chamberlain | Colonel Stars and Stripes | Night Bitch | Nica Pierce | Alice Pierce | Mac Radner | Teddy Sanders | Kelly Radner | Albert Stark | Anna Barnes | Louise | Edward | Ruth | Lucy Miller | Vlad the Impaler | Lloyd Christmas | Harry Dunne | Clint Hadson | Anastasia Steele | Deckard Shaw | Owen Grady | Claire Dearing | Zach Mitchell | Gray Mitchell | Scott Mitchell | Barry Sembène | Simon Masrani | Zara Young | Lowery Cruthers | Vivian Krill | Blue | Echo | Charlie | Delta | Samantha Jackson | Max Engel | Omi Engel | Sara | Freya | Anduin Lothar | Garona | Durotan | Medivh | Llane Wrynn | Antonidas | Owen Shaw | William Garin | Commander Lin Mae | Pero Tovar | Sir Ballard | Nick Morton | Jenny Halsey | Chris Vail | Dr. Henry Jekyll | Woody Woodpecker (2017) | Jake Pentecost | Nathan Lambert | Amara Namani | Shao Liwen | Maisie Lockwood | Franklin Webb | Zia Rodriguez | Benjamin Lockwood | Laurie Strode | Karen Nelson | Allyson Nelson | Deputy Frank Hawkins | Ophelia Bhuletova | Hattie Shaw | Dr. John Dolittle | Polynesia | Tommy Stubbins | King Rassouli | Lady Rose | Jip | Yoshi | Chee-Chee | Plimpton | Dab-Dab | Kevin | Betsy | Tutu | James | Ginko-Who-Soars | Cecilia Kass | James Lanier | Sydney Lanier | Tom Griffin | Jakob Toretto | Anthony McCoy

Shorts
Woody Woodpecker | Andy Panda | Wally Walrus | Chilly Willy | Winnie Woodpecker | Knothead and Splinter

See Also
Amblin Entertainment Heroes | Barbie Heroes | Casper Heroes | Cornetto Trilogy Heroes | Despicable Me Heroes | DreamWorks Heroes | Dr. Seuss Heroes | Fast and the Furious Heroes | Hanna-Barbera Heroes | Hellboy Heroes | Hop Heroes | Illumination Heroes | Josie and the Pussycats Heroes | Jurassic Park Heroes | Kick-Ass Heroes | King Kong Heroes | Laika Heroes | Mario Heroes | Marvel Cinematic Universe Heroes | PBS Kids Heroes | Rankin/Bass Heroes | Sing Heroes | Small Soldiers Heroes | Tarantinoverse Heroes | The Dark Crystal Heroes | The Flintstones Heroes | The Jetsons Heroes | The Mummy Heroes | The Purge Heroes | The Secret Life of Pets Heroes Warcraft Heroes

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Animated Features
Felonius Gru | Minions | Dr. Nefario | Marlena Gru | Margo Gru | Agnes Gru | Edith Gru | The Lorax | Ted Wiggins | The Once-Ler | Audrey | Grammy Norma | Cy the O'Hare Delivery Guy | Lucy Wilde | Silas Ramsbottom | Anti-Villain League | Kevin, Stuart & Bob | Poochy | Walter Nelson | Madge Nelson | Tina Nelson | Max | Duke | Snowball | Tattoo | Gidget | Tiberius | Chloe | Buddy | Mel | Sweet Pea | Pops | Norman | Katie | Buster Moon | Johnny | Ash | Rosita | Meena | Eddie Noodleman | Gunter | Nancy | Dru Gru | The Grinch | Max | Cindy Lou Who | Fred | Donna Lou Who | Daisy | Rooster | Hu | Pickles | Tiny | Princess | Chuck | Liam | Alfonso | Clay Calloway | Porsha Crystal | Nooshy | Darius | Suki Lane | Mario | Luigi | Princess Peach | Toad | Donkey Kong | Cranky Kong

Live-Action Films
E.B. | Fred O'Hare | Mr. Bunny | The Pink Berets | Phil

See Also
Despicable Me Heroes | Hop Heroes | Mario Heroes | Sing Heroes | The Secret Life of Pets Heroes

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