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    Buster Moon 
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A koala. The owner of the Moon Theatre, which has been going through some tough times.


  • Benevolent Boss: Buster might be a borderline Control Freak who go through questionable actions to save his theater, but he is undeniably very supportive of the contestants, actively giving them encouragements, compliments and suggestions. This goes to the point most of them don't resent him for lying about the prize money after The Reveal. Also, when he finds out about the flyer typo that increased the prize money, he has to reassure the blubbering Ms. Crawley that he is not going to fire her over it.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: His opening narration of how he found his passion for the theatre and possession of it ends with him turning his swivel chair to face the audience and introduce himself.
  • Control Freak: Shows shades of this 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 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 him.
  • Deceased Parents Are the Best: His father worked hard to make sure Buster had a better life than just washing cars, even helping him buy Moon Theatre, and it's implied that he's long since died before the start of the film.
  • Executive Meddling: An In-Universe example as Buster heavily involves himself in everyone's performances, though unlike most examples this turns out to be a good thing as at least Rosita and Johnny's performances greatly benefited. After hearing Ash's own song he even decides that her way is better.
  • Follow in My Footsteps: Inverted, as Buster explains to Eddie, his father specifically wanted Buster not to do this, as he spent every day washing cars for a living so Buster could become the owner of the Moon Theater and thus have a better life than he did.
  • Heroic BSoD: When the Moon Theater is destroyed by flooding, Buster completely gives up. His previously boundless optimism is shattered, leaving him a hopeless, sobbing wreck in the ruins of his theatre. He starts living with Eddie in the pool house, and takes a job washing cars, which is exactly the fate Buster's father had wanted to avoid for Buster.
  • He's Back: The above BSOD is broken when he hears Meena singing in the ruins of the Moon Theatre, which inspires him to partly rebuild it and hold the comeback performance.
  • Informed Flaw: According to everyone, including Buster himself, the shows put on at his theatre are never any good. Yet, when he's working on the singing competition he proves to have an eye for talent, works with the contestants the exact way a good manager should, and his Executive Meddling proves to benefit their acts. Then, his comeback show manages to impress Nana Noodleman, and this was when he was working in a mostly destroyed theatre with amateur (but undeniably talented) singers.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Has a lot of this going on before his Heroic BSoD. His optimism leads to him brushing off not just valid concerns, but complaints and people just trying to talk with him. Most obvious in his interactions with Ash.
  • Jack-of-All-Trades: Slightly downplayed (as his skills, barring carwashing, are all show-related), but he knows himself every trade of the show business, being an adequate singer, a good dancer and choreographer, an excellent stagehand, a competent teacher of all the above, and despite his Informed Flaw of being a bad manager, he tuns to be a more-than-adequate one in the end.
  • Last-Name Basis: Eddie is pretty much the only one in the movie who calls Buster by his first name. Everybody else calls him "Moon" or "Mr. Moon". Justified because most of the characters that he interacts with are either working for him (Mrs. Crawley, the contestants) or are doing official business with him (Judith, Nana Noodleman).
  • Loveable Rogue: He steals electricity and water, but it still portrayed as likable.
  • Missing Mom: As much as Buster talks about his dad, he never mentions his mother, and she's not seen in the flashback.
  • The Pollyanna: Until the Darkest Hour at least. Deconstructed in that it's played heavily as him being in denial instead of just looking for the bright side.
  • Sarcasm-Blind: Ash's snark flies right over his head. Ironically, he understands Eddie's sarcasm perfectly.
  • True Companions: With his best friend Eddie and his assistant Ms. Crawley. Though Eddie is the more down-to-earth realist, he always gives Buster support when he needs it, including taking a lowly job at Buster's car wash, where he uses his wool to dry the cars. Ms.Crawley may slip up at times (mostly thanks to her glass eye) but Buster never holds any of it against her and thinks of her fondly. Even after the theatre floods she never stops working for him. It's worth noting that both were present when Buster first opened the theatre.
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    Eddie Noodleman 
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Voiced by: John C. Reilly

A sheep and Buster's rich partner who doubts the future of the theater.


  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Well, not desperately, but he admits he hasn't found his. His rich parents got him a life coach. He finally gets one first by helping Buster wash cars, and then by becoming the new stagehand for the Moon Theater.
  • Facepalm: Does this whenever Buster does or says something reckless, which is often.
  • Foil: To Buster. Unlike the optimistic and motivated to the point of ignoring reality koala, Eddie is a bit more cynical, but Down to Earth and has no real aspiration to do anything.
  • Idle Rich: Downplayed, but present. Eddie's parents and his grandmother are obscenely rich, and he lives off them. He seems as disappointed as they are that he doesn't have any life goals or serious ambitions. His life coach's daily goals for him are things like "take out the trash" and "visit Nana." Eventually he joins Buster in washing cars and later becomes the new stagehand.
  • Instant Expert: He becomes the stagehand for the comeback show, and does well for his first time at it.
  • The Lancer: He is Buster's best friend, but he knows that his friend spends more time in the clouds than in reality.

    Ms. Crawley 
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Voiced by: Garth Jennings

Devoted iguana assistant to Buster.


  • Catchphrase: "Has anyone seen my glass eye?" She has a tendency of losing track of it fairly often.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Very absent-minded.
  • Comically Cross-Eyed: Because of her Glass Eye, her eyes are always unfocused, in line with her personality.
  • Dude Magnet: Ms. Crawley's spotlight mini-movie has her signing up for a dating service...in less than a minute she already has a numerous amount of men who want to take her out on a date.
  • Glass Eye: At first it seems she is just cross eyed, up until it pops out.
  • Hidden Depths: If Johnny's final performance is any indication, she must be an excellent piano player and teacher.
  • Inelegant Blubbering: When she discovers the mistake she made on the posters, changing the advertized amount of prize money from $1,000 to $100,000, and she thinks Mr. Moon will fire her. She cries. Loudly.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Buster, and eventually Johnny.
  • A Lizard Named "Liz": Ms. Crawley is a lizard, an animal that moves around by crawling.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Breaks down in tears after her mistake in writing the contest flyers is revealed.
  • Older Sidekick: To Buster.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: She's on the recieving end of a lot of physical comedy throughout the movie.
  • Token Minority: Try Token Reptile. She is among the few characters in the film, and the only one with a speaking part, who is not a mammal.
  • Undying Loyalty: As eccentric as she is, she is very loyal to Buster, to the point where she broke down crying when she thought he was going to fire her over the flyer mistake. She even continues to work for him as he has to take a job washing cars after the theater is flooded.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Because her glass eye bounces onto the "0" key twice at a crucial moment, Ms. Crawley accidentally changes the advertised amount of prize money to $100,000 instead of the original $1,000, which causes many problems. She also starts the chain reaction that disables Pete from the show.

Contestants

    Rosita 
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A stay-at-home mother pig. Has dreams of being a star, but her hectic home life makes this dream more difficult.


  • Absurdly Youthful Mother: Somewhat hard to tell, given the setting, but she has Youthful Freckles and given her outfit at the end is considered attractive. Certainly she doesn't look like someone with 25 kids.
  • Butt-Monkey: The universe seems to have it in for her. She's never found the outlet for her dreams of singing and although her husband and children love her, her husband is too ground down by his job to show her any affection, while her children are so numerous that she is almost unable to control them.
  • Clock King: Her machine can work because of her impeccable attention to timing.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Her engineering know-how that led to the machine to do her chores also helps rebuild the theater enough to perform in.
  • Explosive Breeder: She has 25 piglets, all around the same age. Truth in Television, since in real life pigs can produce litters that are quite large.
  • Good Parents: A devoted mother to all 25 of her piglets, Lord knows how she manages to do it though.
  • Hartman Hips: She has quite a pear-shaped figure.
  • Hidden Depths: From a first glance, you wouldn't have guessed she's an engineering genius.
  • Housewife: As stated above, she's a stay-at-home mom.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Doesn't necessarily resemble her voice actor but she does carry her mannerisms.
  • Just Friends: With Gunter in the contest, but as Rosita is already married, it isn't a romantic partnership.
  • Nice Girl: Soft-spoken, always polite and very motherly towards the younger contestants, mainly Johnny and Ash.
  • Parents as People: Rosita loves her family with all her heart, but she feels consumed with taking care of them and wanting to re-ignite her dream of being a star. This is why she joins the singing competition in the first place.
  • Rube Goldberg Device: She builds one to perform her housewife duties.
  • Showgirl Skirt: Rosita's performance costume is a black sequined leotard with a ruffled showgirl skirt billowing out from the back where her tail would be.
  • Team Mom: She acts very motherly towards the younger contestants. For example, she comforts Ash after finding out about her break-up and tells her to help herself to any of the candy in her purse, she along with Gunter and Johnny helps Meena get unstuck from the ticket booth window during the flooding, and she easily picks up that despite having a good performance Johnny was unhappy about something. It helps that she's already a mother to 25 piglets.
  • Technician vs. Performer: She's a good singer but has no charisma, which prompts Buster to pair her with ultra-flashy Gunter in the hopes the duo can balance each other out. She also tries to learn the steps through counting instead of on instinct.
  • Wrench Wench: Downplayed, but her knack for construction and engineering is well past the minor household repairs level.

    Mike 
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Voiced by: Seth MacFarlane

A mouse, and a greedy and egotistical street musician.


  • Badass Boast: His entire song in the final show -'My Way'- is a monument to him and his ego. A monument that is exquisitely sung and doesn't stop even when interrupted by an updraft created by two helicopters.
  • Dirty Coward: After the prize money is revealed to be far less than advertised (and certainly not enough to clear Mike's debt), he claims to the bears that Buster is the one they have a problem with, not him (in spite of the fact that the bears hadn't even met Buster until that point).
  • Doing It for the Art: Definitely averted, if Mike can't get anything out of performing he likely won't do it. In the final show, he only goes back because he was challenged with Lets See You Do Better.
  • Fatal Flaw: Pride. Mike is a jerk with little to no morals but he is one hell of a singer-musician, and he knows it. More than money or even his own life he loves showing off his talent.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: None of the other contestants seem to have any patience for his arrogant attitude. They barely tolerate him with the fact that he often minds his own business when he's not insulting them.
  • Hidden Depths: Though it's likely out of pride rather than any moral reason, Mike has enough principle to not resort to sabotaging the other contestants. He's way too full of himself to feel like he'd need to, anyway. He is also capable of acknowledging other people's talent, as he was genuinely impressed when Meena conquers her stage fright and belts out "Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing" during the final performance.
  • I'm Not Here to Make Friends: He carries this attitude throughout the whole competition, as he never interacts with the other contestants aside from insulting them to their faces, and when the local news station interviews him while waiting in line for his audition, he actually mocks the notion that it's "taking part" that really matters.
  • Insufferable Genius: A musical example, Mike is a talented musician and singer, but looks down (ironically, considering his height) on the other contestants. But shows he's capable of showing respect to Meena.
  • Jerkass: Mike is rude and abrasive to everyone, but Buster is well aware of his singing talents, so he and the other contestants are forced to put up with his abuse.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: As much of a mean-spirited asshole he is by dismissively mocking the other contestants, there are moments where he's got a point, albeit not in a nice way. For example, though he could have found a more polite way to put it, Meena was holding up the line for the other contestants during the auditions when she froze up on stage, and he's the first to get angry at the discovery that Buster didn't tell the truth about how much prize money there actually was when he discovered the typo on the flyers.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: He remains a complete Jerk throughout the movie.
  • Karma Houdini: Downplayed. Sure, the bears with whom he played poker engaged in Disproportionate Retribution, but Mike's cheating on his poker game with them was the one that started that mess. While he ends the movie still on the run from the bears, Mike essentially got away with said cheating, along with his rude attitude towards everyone.
  • Laughably Evil: Well, "Laughably Jerkass" than evil. But rudeness aside, he is funny with his snarky insults and Jerkassery.
  • Moral Myopia: He becomes angry at Buster for lying about the prize money, even though he himself had cheated the bears.
  • The Napoleon: As a mouse, he's the smallest of the main characters by far, but compensates for this by having the shortest temper and the biggest ego, convinced he is the only one of the contestants with any singing talent.
  • Never My Fault: Implied when he tries to pass the blame for his actions onto Buster.
  • Nice Character, Mean Actor: In-universe, Mike gives the impression of a soulful, classy individual when he's performing on stage or when he's talking to a person who can give him something (Buster, the bank representative who gave him the expensive credit card, an audience that's applauding him) but won't treat anyone else with an iota of respect.
  • Nice Mice: Inverted. Mike is rude and egotistical even though - or perhaps because - he is undeniably a talented musician. Played straight at the very end when he happily acknowledges Meena's talent.
  • Pet the Dog: More than once, he mocks Meena, affirming she'll be a disaster. But when she finally finds the courage to sing, he's genuinely amazed.
  • Swallowed Whole: By a bear gangster, more than once. The mouse he's been courting the whole movie shows up in a Big Damn Heroes moment to rescue him the second time.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Easily the biggest jerk among the performers, but despite his morally questionable activities outside the show, he has enough confidence in his singing that he doesn't resort to sabotage or cheating in the contest, and still performs in the finale even knowing there will be no monetary reward, but not before his talent is questioned.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Because he is convinced by his ego that he's going to win the prize money, Mike gets an expensive credit card so as to go out clubbing and gambling—where he cheats, thus earning the ire of the Bear Mafia. When they come after him he's already spent the money (possibly in paying off the credit card...), so is forced to confess about the prize money to pay off his debt...which leads them to crash the special rehearsal for Nana Noodleman where the prize money is revealed to be (mostly) fake, eventually culminating in the chain reaction that destroys the Moon Theatre.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Literally in this case — Mike ends the movie with the Bear Mafia still chasing him, there's no telling if he'll survive, especially since he owes both the bank and them $100k.
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    Ash 
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A porcupine punk rocker. Ash tries out with her boyfriend, but only she gets picked. She later breaks up with him after she catches him "auditioning" with another girl, presumably to take her place.


  • All Guitars Are Stratocasters: Including the one she plays.
  • Character Tic: She shoots quills when she gets excited or depressed.
  • Deadpan Snarker: The big one among the cast. She's especially snarky with Buster.
    Buster: (while showing her a pink outfit he wants her to wear for a performance) Isn't this a great color for you?
    Ash: I can't tell. It's melting my eyes.
  • Glam Rock: Her outfit during the final performance. She uses scissors to give the skirt of the Pop-Star Princess dress a knee-length jagged hem, removes the bow, puts on sparkly-blue eye shadow, then adds a red leather jacket, red-and-black striped leggings, and lace-up boots to incorporate her own punk-rock style.
  • Heroic BSoD: After catching her boyfriend cheating on her, she temporarily becomes unable to rehearse properly and breaks down in tears in the middle of practicing her song.
  • Love Martyr: Initially for her jerky boyfriend Lance. Stops when she catches him cheating on her.
  • Sell-Out: Her boyfriend accuses her of selling out when she gets picked and he doesn't before hypocritically encouraging her to do the sugary, girly pop routine Buster wants her to do for the sake of the prize money. However Ash eventually figures out how to give Buster the performance he wants in a way that doesn't compromise her integrity, and she still sings in the comeback performance despite the absence of prize money.
  • Skirt over Slacks: Throughout most of the film, she wears a plaid skirt with jeans underneath.
  • Tomboy: A minor conflict is that Buster tries to make her do a "pop princess" act, and she strongly disagrees. She eventually combines it with her punk rock for a Glam Rock look.

    Meena 
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Voiced by: Tori Kelly

A shy elephant with a glorious voice and a nasty case of stage fright.


  • Character Development: Her story arc focuses on her learning on how to overcome her stage fright so she's able to participate in the show.
  • Disappeared Dad: Meena lives with her mom and maternal grandparents. Her father is never seen or mentioned.
  • Expressive Ears: Her ears are almost always pressed inward covering her face, showing her introversion.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Two little tufts of hair.
  • Imagine Spot: Appears to be in the middle of one when she starts singing "Hallelujah" in the wreckage of the ruined theater, though it's not clear if she's imagining her longed-for performance or just moved by the song playing in her headphones.
  • Nice Girl: She's introduced singing Happy Birthday to her grandpa, she bakes muffins and cakes for both family and acquaintances, she's friendly to the other contestants, and even after Buster accuses her of being as big a fool as he is during Buster's Heroic BSoD, she runs off in sadness—but first, she still gives Buster the cake she baked for him.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: While Meena was never bad looking, the sparkly purple dress she wears during the final performance is a sharp contrast to the baggy hoodie and jeans she wore throughout the movie.
  • Shrinking Violet: Easily pushed into doing things and bad at asserting herself.
  • Stage Fright: She really wants to sing, but the minute she walks on stage she becomes a clumsy sweaty mess.
  • The Southpaw: Implied; When Meena asks Buster for a second audition while indirectly helping him steal electricity, she reads off her words written in her right hoof, meaning she is either left-handed or ambidextrous.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Starts out suffering such severe stage fright she wasn't even able to sing at her audition; ends up delivering a final performance so powerful it literally brings the house down. She's also the one who gives Buster the idea to hold a comeback performance in the ruins of the Moon Theater when she starts singing in the middle of the ruins, reminding him not to let go of his dreams.
  • Younger Than They Look: She's an elephant who towers over most of the cast and has the expected leathery skin, but the fact that she still lives with her family and her general demeanor indicates she might be the youngest of the singers. She's certainly the least mature contestant regardless of her actual age.
  • Youthful Freckles: They're hard to see from afar, but she has them. Fitting, since her age range is somewhere in the teens.

    Johnny 
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Voiced by: Taron Egerton

A gorilla. Greatly passionate about singing, despite his criminal father's disapproval.


  • Accidental Murder: Subverted. During his getaway driver training, he looks up just in time to see he's speeding towards his dad. Johnny slams on the brakes but when the dust clears he can't see his dad and thinks he ran him over. Marcus suddenly appears and gives Johnny a Jump Scare, completely oblivious to Johnny's fears and pleased that his son is driving faster.
  • Ambiguously Gay: He's gentle and soft-spoken despite his rough upbringing, in addition to the usual gay parallels the "Billy Elliot" Plot invokes. Plus, the two songs he performs are both by openly gay artists.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: Downplayed, since he's more of a young adult, but he is the youngest member of his father's gang.
  • Badass Driver: Though only once he stops thinking about it. And when not caught in traffic.
  • Bad Liar: When his dad is thrown in jail, Johnny tries to tell explain his absence from the heist site by saying he went to get gas. His father sees through it immediately.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: What stops him from going through with his plan to steal the prize money? He sees Buster's notes on his audition calling him a "natural born singer" with the comment excitedly highlighted.
  • Big Damn Heroes: He saves Meena from drowning when she gets stuck in the ticket booth during the flood, by shoving himself off a pillar with enough force to dislodge her. By extension, he also saved everyone else by doing this because as soon as Meena was rescued, the water was able to escape and unflood the theatre, allowing everyone to get out in one piece.
  • Gentle Giant: One of the taller contestants and the nicest character in contrast of his Killer Gorilla dad. Buster even calls him a 'big soulful guy'.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: The traffic jam that stopped Johnny from getting back to his father's heist in time was caused by Johnny himself when he was recklessly driving to make it to the dress rehearsal.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Ms. Crawley, she teaches him how to play the piano again and he helps her back into the dating scene in "Love at First Sight".
  • Irony: His promotional poster pegs him as 'The Rebel' and he's part of the gang his father runs, but he opposes the criminal way of life and ends up being a rebel by having innocent, perfectly legal aspirations and following them.
  • Missing Mom: Johnny's mother is never seen or mentioned.
  • Nice Guy: Johnny's just a really sweet kid who's not interested in his family's criminal antics. He's also friendly to the other contestants, and he's the one who saves Meena from drowning when she got stuck in the theater booth while the theater was flooding. He's not even resentful towards his father for rejecting him and is overjoyed when he breaks out of jail to apologize.
  • Oh, Crap!: When he's driving back to the heist, gets caught in traffic, and it sinks in that he won't be able to get back in time.
    "Aaaaahh'm dead."
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: When he breaks in to steal the prize money to bail out his father, he wears one of the bunny masks his father's gang uses. A mask that's as thick as a paper plate and barely covers the top half of his face. He does this as he's wearing his everyday clothes and no gloves. Basically if anyone caught him, there would be no questioning who he was.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: As much as he dislikes being in his father's gang, he still helps them. Either as a lookout or as a driver.
  • Token Good Teammate: He doesn't want to be in his dad's criminal gang.
  • Top-Heavy Guy: His torso is twice as long as his legs.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Johnny's beautiful tenor singing voice voice is far, far far from dissonant in the conventional sense but it is at odds with his appearance.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: He really wants his father's approval, but he's not precisely excited about joining his father's gang.
  • White Sheep: In line with being the Token Good Teammate.

    Gunter 
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Voiced by: Nick Kroll

A pig. Loves the spotlight and is a good dancer, in spite of his questionable singing talent.


  • Acrofatic: For a plump pig, he's got some smooth dance moves.
  • Ambiguously Gay: He's very flamboyant, wears a sparkly red leotard, and sings Lady Gaga. He also has no romantic interest in his female performing partner Rosita, but then again, she is already married, so it would be weird if he had an interest in her, gay or not.
  • Big Fun: He's a bit self-centered but he just wants to have fun.
  • Crazy-Prepared: During the blackout, he reveals that he brought glowsticks so everybody can continue to practice in the dark while Buster fixed the problem.
  • Don't Think, Feel: His philosophy on performing, especially when Rosita tries using flash cards to learn dance steps.
  • Flat Character: He acts as Rosita's Eccentric Mentor, but apart from that, the audience doesn't learn much about him and he doesn't really have his own story arc.
  • Funny Foreigner: Has a thick German accentnote .
  • Just Friends: Gunter is Rosita's dance partner, but as Rosita is already married, it isn't a romantic partnership and he's happy when Rosita's husband Norman shows up and kisses her at the end.
  • Large Ham: Both figuratively and literally.
  • Shipper on Deck: Gunter is happy when Norman gives Rosita The Big Damn Kiss.
  • Technician vs. Performer: His performance is pure flash and pizazz, but the singing itself is... questionable. He gets paired as a duo with Rosita by Buster, hoping the duet will balance out each other's flaws.

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Supporting Characters

    Norman 
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Voiced by: Nick Offerman

Rosita's husband. A major workaholic with little time for his home life.


  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: After Rosita and Gunter's amazing performance at the end, Norman runs on-stage and kisses his wife. It's not out of nowhere as most examples in that most of his dialogue consists of small (sleepy) compliments to Rosita.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Doesn't notice that his wife replaced herself with a Rube Goldberg device until he damages the device.
  • Parents as People: Preoccupied with his work due to having to provide for a big family, but he's loving to his wife and children.
  • Workaholic: He's constantly distracted and fatigued. Going by the one time we see him leave and return, he works at least a 12-14 hour day. However, in his defense, he does have a huge family to support.

    Marcus 
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Voiced by: Peter Serafinowicz

Johnny's father. The leader of a gang of robbers who wants his son to follow in his footsteps.


  • Animal Stereotypes: A giant mountain gorilla and a violent, brutish criminal.
  • Anti-Villain: Yes he's a gang leader who has committed grand larceny many times over, but he's also a Papa Wolf who loves his son above all. (Though they could stand to communicate more.)
  • Badass Baritone: Having the booming voice of Peter Serafinowicz matches his immense size and personality.
  • Character Tic: Tends to give a loud huff whenever he's frustrated.
  • Clock King: Downplayed as it only applies when he's "working". It's implied he's this when he tells Johnny that the heist will take exactly thirty-seven minutes, and how particular he is on how fast Johnny's driving is. Justified since timing is pretty crucial when you're pulling off heists in broad daylight.
  • Death Glare: Gives Johnny a pretty severe one when his son seems to have botched his lookout job. Then again in prison as he's proclaiming I Have No Son!.
  • Determinator: Bested steel prison bars in a concrete wall, a several-story drop onto a moving vehicle and a lengthy helicopter chase over the rooftops all to tell Johnny he's proud of him.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Though more of an overly boisterous gang leader than fully evil, but he's clearly increasing Johnny's role in the gang because he thinks it's what's best for his son (maybe even so he can spend more time with him). Marcus breaking out of jail just to apologize for his actions and tell his son how much he loves him fully solidifies him in this role.
  • Evil Brit: A Cockney-accented London Gangster who regularly involves Johnny in the heists he and his gang pull on banks, container ships, and other sources of wealth.
  • Face Palm: Gives one of the long-suffering variety when Johnny is slow to accelerate his driving speed during practice.
  • Follow in My Footsteps: Wants Johnny to be a member of his gang, and has been pushing him into more involved roles in their heists.
  • Guttural Growler: Along with his deep voice, he has a natural growl.
  • Heel Realization: Seeing Johnny's final performance causes Marcus to realize how badly he'd treated his son. He even breaks out of prison to apologize.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: They're more apparent in close up shots.
  • I Have No Son!: Throws the trope at Johnny when the latter finally tells him that he doesn't want to be part of his gang. The fact that he indirectly caused his arrest doesn't help.
    Marcus: How did I end up with a son like you, eh? You're nothing like me. You never were, and you never will be.
  • In a Single Bound: Performs this many times over after he escapes prison to apologize to Johnny.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He might be a criminal and have a harsh personality, but he ultimately does love his son and apologizes to him.
  • Killer Gorilla: He's a violent criminal, in contrast to his Nice Guy son.
  • Large and in Charge: The tallest and strongest gorilla in the film, and the leader of his gang.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: When he sees Johnny perform on TV during the climax, he realizes that it really is his true calling, and is happy and proud as punch... until he remembers the previous moment. The look on his face says it all...
  • Oh, Crap!: Once when he realizes that Johnny abandoned his post as getaway driver, again when the cops have him and his gang cornered, and a more subdued one when the police helicopters that were chasing him start circling the theatre.
  • Papa Wolf: You have to be this when you're willing to break out of prison just to apologize to your son.
  • Play-Along Prisoner: After he's arrested he doesn't try to resist because he'll be caught again if he does. Of course, him tearing the wall down with his bare hands just to find Johnny and apologize proves that he certainly could have escaped if he wanted to. After making amends with Johnny, he willingly heads back to the prison before the cops find him, joking that "They'll be wondering what happened to me".
  • So Proud of You: After seeing Johnny's performance of "I'm Still Standing", he breaks out of jail just to reach the theater and tell Johnny this.
  • Super Strength: There's a scene where he tears a prison cell apart with his bare hands.
  • Three-Point Landing: Does one in his first scene after leaping out the window of a bank he just robbed, and again when he sneaks into the rebuilt theatre to make amends with Johnny.
  • Villainous Friendship: With the other two members of his gang.

    Lance 
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Voiced By: Beck Bennett

Ash's boyfriend. An egotistical Jerkass who is resentful when Ash gets accepted into the competition without him. Their relationship ended when Ash caught him cheating on her with Becky.


  • Bastard Boyfriend: While not physically violent, Lance constantly puts Ash down and insists that she's not as talented as him.
  • Hypocrite:
    • He was all for auditioning for the show when it would mean he'd be in the spotlight. When Buster picks Ash over him, he starts accusing Ash of "selling out" for agreeing to it.
    • Lance accuses her of "selling out" when she decides to go through with the contest when she gets selected and he doesn't. The next day, he tells her to do the "Pop Star Princess" routine Buster wants her to do if she wants to win the prize money.
  • It's All About Me: Lance insists on being the lead singer and songwriter of their band despite Ash being obviously more talented than him, he tries to pressure Ash to quit the competition since he didn't make the cut, and he eventually cheats on her with another singer because she was "never around".
  • Jerkass: Is very pushy to Ash, doesn't believe she has talent, and eventually cheats on her with another singer.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Implied to go through this after hearing Ash perform her original song. Played with because unlike Johnny's father, Marcus, Lance doesn't say or show remorse (or attempt to reconcile with the one they wronged), but rather amazement.
  • Never My Fault: After Ash catches him "singing" with another girl, Lance tries to pin the blame on Ash for being away all the time due to being in the competition. She doesn't buy it.
  • Oh, Crap!: His reaction when Ash walks into their apartment and discovers him about to kiss Becky while they're singing.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Believes he's a much more talented singer than Ash, despite all the evidence to the contrary.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Ash walks in on him singing with another girl, visibly smitten with her. Ash immediately kicks him out.

    Nana Noodleman 
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The starlet whose performance in ''Epiphany'' inspired Buster's dreams of owning and running the theater. She's now retired and out of the public's eye, but is still visited by her grandson Eddie (On request from his life coach).


  • Alliterative Name: Nana Noodleman.
  • Bait-and-Switch: When she is first introduced in the present day, it's as Eddie's grandmother, so he naturally calls her "Nana"...but it turns out this isn't a term of endearment (since she isn't close to anyone, let alone him) but her actual name. A somewhat important plot point, since clearly if she's been mentioned before, Buster never knew who she was (also assuming "Nana" was not her name) and so only learns her identity in time for her to help bail him out.
  • Fiction 500: She's wealthy enough to fund the contest, but refused initially because she didn't believe Buster could put on a worthwhile show.
  • Hates Being Touched: When Buster asks to hug her, she declines. After she buys the theater, she reluctantly lets Buster and her grandson do so.
  • His Name Really Is "Barkeep": "Her Name Really Is Nana" in this case. Nana is an affectionate term for one's grandma, but it turns out Nana is really her name.
  • It Amused Me: This is why Nana eventually agrees to come to the dress rehearsal; she thinks Buster is lying about the theater still being a place of wonder and magic, but at least watching a dress rehearsal is better than spending another evening playing checkers with her penguin butler. This same desire to be entertained also prompts Nana to return for the "comeback performance", and this latter performance finally convinces Nana to bail Buster out.
  • I Was Quite the Looker: For an anthromorphic sheep, she actually looked beautiful when she was younger.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: As haughty and cold as she can be, she is not without reason. Particularly when saying that she won't lend Buster the money simply based on his productions in the past, all of which have failed.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's standoffish and impersonal, but admits that she still thinks fondly of the theater during her glory days. Part of the reason she dislikes Buster is that she feels that his management is the cause of the theater's fall from grace. After the comeback show, she buys the theater and pays for its reconstruction so she can give it back to Buster.
  • Living Legend: She's still famous, as Mike is impressed to hear she's coming for the dress rehearsal. Ironically, everyone thought she was dead.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: She appears to be heavily based off Gloria Swanson, a famous silent-film star that transitioned to talkies, then Broadway.
  • Phrase Catcher: Many people are dumbfounded that she is still alive.
  • "Psycho" Strings: These notes are sung opera-style when Buster first properly meets her and she's staring him down menacingly.
  • Rich Bitch: She acts coldly, but not without reason. After being an incredibly talented stage actress for years, she became incredibly wealthy and turns away people coming simply to beg for money. Not even her own family is spared her scorn, judging by her treatment of her grandson.

     Judith 
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Voiced By: Rhea Perlman

A llama who works for the bank who warns Buster that, if he can't raise enough money to pay off his bills, the bank will repossess the theatre.


  • Death Glare: When she's taking the property after the theatre is destroyed, she turns and scowls at Buster as he's leaving.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: As humorless and unfeeling she is towards Buster's dreams and feelings towards the theater. However, she makes two very good points:
    • First off, the theater's business has been so bad that Buster has been forced to steal electricity and water just for rehearsals. She's well within her rights to repossess it due to unpaid bills.
    • She's also legally correct in that the comeback performance is technically trespassing on property that is not there, done without permission.
  • Pass the Popcorn: Her threats to call the police during the final show in the rebuilt theatre never come to fruition as she stays to watch the show.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: As cold as she acts, it's her job to either get Buster to pay what he owes or repossess the property if he can't.

    Bear Trio 
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Voiced By: Jim Cummings
A trio of gangster brown bears with thick Russian accents, the antagonists in Mike's character arc, they relentlessly pursue him for money he cheated out of the bears in a card game.
  • Affably Evil: The leader is friendly with the bouncer at the club, and apparently, they all hold value over playing fair when they gamble. Of course, when they lose their patience, this disappears pretty quickly.
  • Badass Longcoat: The leader wears one.
  • Batter Up!: The leader smashes the prize money chest with a baseball bat, then seems tempted to use it on Buster when it's revealed the money was never real.
  • Bears Are Bad News: Never portrayed with any degree of lightheartedness, and always a very dangerous threat.
  • Berserk Button: By the end of the film, Mike becomes one for them, especially the leader. Case in point, after they thought Mike drowned in the flooded theatre but suddenly see him singing on T.V., the leader shatters his drink with one hand, shoves his table aside, and the three charge out of the club.
  • Determinator: The one good(?) thing that can be said about them is that they do not stop hunting someone who's crossed them. If Mike gets into a vehicle, they jump onto outside of it as it's moving and hold on. Not even almost drowning can persuade them to give up.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Hunted one mouse through an entire city for money he cheated out of them, and when he can't pay it back they eat him without hesitation. But, see Villain Has a Point.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: It adds to their menace.
  • Guttural Growler: All of them have this, fitting as they are bears.
  • Husky Russkie: All of them have thick Russian accents.
  • Knight of Cerebus: The most violent and remorseless characters in the whole movie, every appearance by them is played completely seriously. They're more of a threat than Marcus, a Killer Gorilla gangster who regularly pulls off heists but deeply loves his son Johnny, while they have no such redeeming qualities.
  • National Animal Stereotypes: Bears with Russian accents.
  • No Name Given: The two subordinates -whose names are also not revealed- only call their leader "Boss".
  • Outside-Context Problem: At first, they're only Mike's problem, and nobody else in the main cast has any idea who they are. Then Mike tells them that Buster can gives them 100,000 dollars that Mike cheated out of them, leading to the bears inadvertently causing the destruction of the theatre.
  • Sapient Eat Sapient: The boss doesn't so much as bat an eye at eating another sapient being.
  • Spit Take: One of them spews up his drink when he sees Mike singing on TV in the climax. He ends up spitting on the bear sitting opposite of him.
  • Super-Persistent Predator: They will not stop hunting Mike until they get the money they were cheated out of, or Mike is dead. Even after they almost drown in the flooding of Moon Theatre when they followed Mike there they still come after him again when they see him singing in the final show.
  • Swallowed Whole: The leader's preferred method of dealing with Mike. He tries it twice.
  • Psychotic Smirk: The leader ends his final scene with one directed at the camera as he's clinging to the back of Mike's car.
  • Villain Has a Point: While their means with dealing with it were extreme, they only started making Mike's life miserable because Mike cheated on a poker game with them.

     Meena's Grandfather 
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Voiced By: Jay Pharoah

Meena's abrasive but well-intentioned grandfather who pushes her to audition for the competition.


  • Cruel to Be Kind: After Meena bombs her initial audition, he puts his foot down on her stage fright. As abrasive as it is, it does manage to get her in the show in the long run.
    Meena's Mom: Oh, honey. Please don't cry. You are not a failure. They'll be other chances. You just gotta—
    Grandpa: Bah! The heck there will!
    Meena's Mom: Dad, please!
    Grandpa: [To Meena] Come on! Don't you want this?!
    Meena: Well, sure, but I messed it up.
    Grandpa: Then you gotta go back there tomorrow and say, "Mr. Moon! I demand that you let me re-audition!" Be confident! Show them you ain't gonna be pushed around. You got that, Meena?
    Meena: Um...
    Grandpa: Good!
  • Jerkass Has a Point: He may overly abrasive, but in the end, he's right about Meena having to overcome her shyness in order to pursue her dream of singing.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: As hard as he is on his granddaughter, it's clear that Meena's grandfather loves her and only pushes her the way he does because he knows how talented she is. He offers Meena a cup of cocoa while she's recovering from the shock of the theater's destruction, and during the final performance he holds up a "Meena Rules!" sign.
  • No Name Given: He's only referred to as "Grandpa" or "Dad" by Meena and her mother respectively.
  • Parents as People: He's one of Meena's biggest supporters, but he has a tendency to be abrasive and he's pretty hard on Meena when it comes to her stage fright.

    Becky 
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Voiced By: Tara Strong
A porcupine and the girl that Lance cheats on Ash with.
  • Alpha Bitch: Seems to come off as one.
  • Cool Shades: She had a pair shaped like red hearts.
  • Dub Name Change: For some bizarre reason, in the Japanese dub her name was changed to Betty. This is relevant because Becky (ベッキー) is easier to pronounce in Japanese than Betty (ベティ) since there's no "-tty" sound in Japanese, compared with the "-cky" sound, at least for younger viewers.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Implied in her first appearance, as it can assumed that she didn't know Ash was Lance's girlfriend. Averted at the end when she bitterly mocks Ash's performance of "Set It All Free", seemingly knowing the circumstances of her relationship with Lance.
  • It's All About Me: Witnesses Ash calling Lance out for cheating on her and the only thing she does is ask to go back inside to retrieve her sunglasses.
  • Karma Houdini: She doesn't even get a telling off from Ash for being with another girl's boyfriend.
  • Walking Spoiler: At least, to anyone who didn't see the trailers.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Ash catches her and Lance singing together, seemingly smitten with each other.

     Nancy 
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Voiced By: Tara Strong
A beautiful female mouse whom Mike pursues throughout the movie.


  • All There in the Manual: Her name is revealed in the film's screenplay.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Despite seeming like a Gold Digger at first, in the end she comes through for Mike by saving him from the Bear Mafia and escaping with him.
  • Flat Character: Nothing about her is revealed, other than being an implied Gold Digger and the fact that she's apparently brave enough to directly confront the Bear Mafia for Mike's sake.
  • Gold Digger: She shows much more interest in Mike after he starts showing off some wealth, although she proves that she really does love Mike more than his money in the end when she saves him from being eaten by the Russian Bears.
  • Meaningful Name: Named for Nancy Sinatra.
  • Satellite Love Interest: We never know anything about her. She doesn't even have any lines until the end performance, where she rescues Mike, and they drive off with the bears clinging to the car.

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