Songs for a Sloth is one of the more eye-catching premises in recent years. Max (Richard Hollman) is surprised to learn he has inherited an endangered sloth sanctuary from his father. After the initial shock wears off, he also learns developers will take the land over if Max and his brother and sister do not come up with the funds to save it. What choice do they have but to start an online crowdfunding campaign with the help of a dream-sloth (Jack McBrayer) and songs about rescuing the creatures.
The film is not as out there as it would initially seem. In fact, it can be surprisingly ordinary at times. The main characters act as expected and the story does not offer much in the way of surprises. This may seem especially disappointing since Songs for a Sloth is a character driven piece.
Thankfully, the leads and story are strong enough to ensure this is never an issue. The siblings are very charming and will keep audiences interested. The story follows the three as they try to deal with grief and reconnect with each other. This leads to some surprisingly emotional moments.
Which is not to say Songs for a Sloth lacks any humor. This is a movie that is basically a musical about sloths, after all. The songs are very catchy and the comedy works very well. The story can easily go for low hanging fruit or cater to younger audiences, but is accessible to people of all ages. Even those who have no opinions on sloths.
Songs for a Sloth opens June 15
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