The Secret Life Of Pets

Featuring The Voices Of: Louie CK, Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Jenny Slate, Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Dana Carvey, Hannibal Buress, Bobby Moynihan, Steve Coogan, Albert Brooks
Directed By: Chris Renaud and Yarrow Cheney

Plot: Max’s (CK) life is thrown upside down when his owner (Kemper) adopts a second dog (Stonestreet). The two fight, and wind up on the streets, and try to find their way back.

What Works: A wholly enjoyable animated film. I loved it. I thought it offered a cute glimpse into what our pets do when we aren’t home, and also crafted a nice adventure tale of two animals trying to find their way back home. It features a wonderful voice cast, and some really great supporting characters. I even loved the score to this film. CK was a great choice for Max, and Hart plays a hilariously insane bunny. There’s even a few “emotional” moments thrown in there for impact. It’s a great movie for kids, and parents will actually enjoy it as well. I know we’ve been pushing animation into new bounds, but this is just good old fashioned cartoon fun, and it is done really well. It’s not a heavy film, but I didn’t care. It’s the kind of film you can pop on at anytime to cheer you and your kids up.

What Doesn’t Work: I saw that poster for Sing, and I noticed the minion costume. Calm yourselves, Illumintion. You’re not Disney or Dreamworks yet. Clearly, you want to be.

Final Word: Definitely catch this. If you’re an animal lover, you’ll enjoy it even without kids, and if you have kids, this is one of the most solid bets of the year. They’re sure to love this one.

Final Grade: A

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