What do pets get up to while their owners are away? Yes, the premise of lively animated action comedy The Secret Life of Pets is essentially Toy Story with domestic animals.
Instead of Woody and Buzz, Illumination studio, makers of the Despicable Me and Minions movies, give us rival dogs, cuddly eager-to-please Jack Russell Max (voiced by comedian Louis C.K.) and lumbering Newfoundland Duke (Modern Family’s Eric Stonestreet), both of them competitors for the affections of owner Katie (Ellie Kemper). Naturally, they have to learn to work together after they end up on the streets, at risk from relentless dogcatchers and from an army of sewer-dwelling animals led by a rabble-rousing rabbit revolutionary (a surprisingly good fit for motor-mouth comic Kevin Hart).
What ensues is basically one long, frenetic chase. But kids will enjoy the slapstick silliness while pet owners may find themselves chuckling in recognition, or possibly even cringing, at many of the gags.
Certificate U. Runtime 88 mins. Directors Yarrow Cheney, Chris Renaud
The Secret Life of Pets is available on Digital Download. It debuts on Blu-ray & DVD on Monday 11 November, courtesy of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
Blu-ray & DVD bonus features include:
- All About The Pets
- Animals Can Talk: Meet The Actors
- Hairstylist To The Dogs
- The Best Of Snowball
- Hot Dog Sing-Along
- Sing Trailer
- “Lovely Day” Lyric Video
- The Humans that Brought You Pets
- GoPro®: The Secret Life of Pets
- The Making of the Mini-Movies
- Sticker sheet