What do our pets get up to when we’re not there? Sleep, eat, mess up your stuff? According to The Secret Life Of Pets, there’s much more to it than that.
Lead character, lapdog Max, enjoys a life of luxury up until his owner Katie brings home another dog. Lumbering great dane Duke isn’t exactly welcome in Max’s life and, through a series of misadventures, they both end up in the dog pound.
Escape means getting sucked into an animal underworld and, while Max and Duke are trying to get away in one piece, the pair’s old friends are mounting another rescue operation.
American comedian Louis C.K. booked his biggest film role to date as Max, while Eric Stonestreet (Duke) comes off an Emmy-winning performance in Modern Family.
Leader of The Flushed Pets gang is white rabbit Snowball, played by comedian Kevin Hart of Ride Along and Central Intelligence, while British comic Steve Coogan (Philomena) becomes cat boss Ozone.
Other animals are voiced by Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Bobby Moynihan (Saturday Night Live), Lake Bell (Million Dollar Arm), Dana Carvey (Wayne’s World, Hotel Transylvania 2) and Hannibal Buress (The Angry Birds Movie) as well as Jenny Slate (Zootopia), Albert Brooks (Finding Dory) and Tara Strong (My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic).
Chris Renaud may have a cameo as a hapless guinea pig but in fact he’s known for co-directing the first two Despicable Me animated movies with Pierre Coffin, both films also coming out of Illumination Entertainment.
Co-directing with Renaud is Yarrow Cheney, for whom The Secret Life Of Pets is a feature-length directorial debut. He steered short feature Puppy for the Despicable Me 2 Blu-ray and DVD.
Is it any good?
According to review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, The Secret Life Of Pets is certainly worth a watch, with an 84% pre-release approval rating from a 6.3/10 average.
Metacritic’s metrics correspond with a 64% average score, and following an early release in a handful of territories including Britain and Ireland, Hong Kong, Israel and Vietnam, over 2,300 IMDb users have rated it 6.7/10.
It is set for a release on Sept 8 in Malaysia.