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You are one great card player, Mike. Except I still can't tell how you cheated.
~ The bear leader to Mike, after losing to him in a card game.

The bears are the main antagonists of Illumination's 7th animated feature film, Sing. They are a trio of Russian-accented criminals who become enemies of Mike.

All three were voiced by Jim Cummings, who also voiced Steele in Balto, Fuzzy Lumpkins in The Powerpuff Girls, Razoul in Disney's Aladdin, Ed the Hyena in Disney's The Lion King, and Nessus in Disney's Hercules.

Appearances

The bear leader wears a black leather jacket over a white shirt, a black hat, and black pants with a large belt buckle. The second bear wears a brown and white jacket and a black flat cap. The third bear has squinted eyes and wears a light blue jacket covering a dark blue shirt.

Personalities

All three bears are greedy, cunning, deceitful, manipulative, and treacherous thugs who enjoy playing cards and gambling at the nightclub. They are very serious about their games and hate being cheated. After Mike swindled them during poker, they relentlessly chased him, the leader almost eating him on multiple occasions.

History

During a poker game with Mike, the bears' leader discovers a card peaking out of Mike's suit. Furious that the mouse cheated them, they chase him through the nightclub, but he ultimately escapes. Later, the trio notice Mike's car parked in front of the Moon Theater, and grab them during a phone call with his girlfriend Nancy. After learning that Mike spent all of their money, the leader almost eats Mike, but he cowardly tells them he can get them $100,000 from Buster Moon.

The bears trespass in the theater, demanding Buster's prize money in exchange for Mike's life. When Buster stalls, the leader smashes the chest containing the money, only to find cash and objects with a total monetary value of $1,000. Everyone's combined weight, along with the force of the baseball bat hitting the chest, causes Buster's makeshift glass stage full of water and squids to crack. This starts a chain reaction that ultimately leads to the Moon Theater's collapse. Assuming that Mike died in the aftermath, the bears quickly run before they can be connected with the theater's destruction.

When Buster's singers stage a concert in the theater ruins, the bears see Mike performing on "My Way" TV and quickly head over to get their revenge. They manage to kidnap Mike without being seen and the leader tries to eats Mike again, only for Nancy to come to his rescue in Mike's car.

As the two mice drive off, they don't notice that the bear leader is hanging onto the back, sneering.

Trivia

  • The Bears are the fourth Illumination villains to be animals, after Carlos from Hop, El Pollito from Despicable Me 2, and Snowball from The Secret Life of Pets.
  • Jim Cummings' casting as the Bears may allude to one of his most famous roles, Winnie the Pooh, who is a bear himself.

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