The Secret Life of Pets


The Secret Life of Pets

Overview:

The quiet life of a terrier named Max is upended when his owner takes in Duke, a stray whom Max instantly dislikes.

Votes 3442 (5.9/10)

Runtime: 87 minutes

Release Date 2016-06-18

Budget: $75,000,000.00

Revenue: $875,958,308.00

Website: Link

Tagline: Think this is what they do all day?

Production company:

  • Universal Pictures
  • Fuji Television Network
  • Dentsu
  • Illumination Entertainment

Production country:

  • United States of America

Genres:

  • Animation
  • Family

Trailer

Further Information

Max (voice)
Louis C.K.
Louis C.K.
Duke (voice)
Eric Stonestreet
Eric Stonestreet
Snowball (voice)
Kevin Hart
Kevin Hart
Gidget (voice)
Jenny Slate
Jenny Slate
Chloe (voice)
Lake Bell
Lake Bell
Mel (voice)
Bobby Moynihan
Bobby Moynihan
Tiberius (voice)
Albert Brooks
Albert Brooks
Katie (voice)
Ellie Kemper
Ellie Kemper
Buddy (voice)
Hannibal Buress
Hannibal Buress
Pops (voice)
Dana Carvey
Dana Carvey
Ozone / Reginald (voice)
Steve Coogan
Steve Coogan
Additional Voices (voice)
Tara Strong
Tara Strong
Norman (voice)
Chris Renaud
Chris Renaud
Tattoo (voice)
Michael Beattie
Michael Beattie
Maria (voice)
Sandra Echeverría
Sandra Echeverría
Fernando (voice)
Jaime Camil
Jaime Camil
Molly (voice)
Kiely Renaud
Kiely Renaud
Additional Voices (voice)
Bob Bergen
Bob Bergen
Additional Voices (voice)
Jason Marsden
Jason Marsden
Additional Voices (voice)
Jim Cummings
Jim Cummings
Additional Voices (voice)
Mona Marshall
Mona Marshall
Additional Voices (voice)
Brian T. Delaney
Brian T. Delaney
Additional Voices (voice)
Laraine Newman
Laraine Newman
Additional Voices (voice)
Bill Farmer
Bill Farmer
Additional Voices (voice)
Jan Rabson
Jan Rabson
Additional Voices (voice)
Jess Harnell
Jess Harnell
Additional Voices (voice)
Ken Schretzmann
Ken Schretzmann
Additional Voices (voice)
John Kassir
John Kassir
Additional Voices (voice)
Danny Mann
Danny Mann
Additional Voices (voice)
Jim Ward
Jim Ward
Additional Voices (voice)
Tyler Werrin
Tyler Werrin
Animation
Jaime Visedo
Jaime Visedo
Director
Chris Renaud
Chris Renaud
Writer
Ken Daurio
Ken Daurio
Writer
Cinco Paul
Cinco Paul
Writer
Brian Lynch
Brian Lynch
Producer
Christopher Meledandri
Christopher Meledandri
Animation
Kelly Baigent
Kelly Baigent
Animation
Albert Barba Cunill
Albert Barba Cunill
Animation
Nicolas Benoit
Nicolas Benoit
Animation
Florent de La Taille
Florent de La Taille
Animation
Brecht Debaene
Brecht Debaene
Animation
Iván del Rio
Iván del Rio
Animation
Moïse Essame
Moïse Essame
Animation
David Fourrage
David Fourrage
Animation
Jean Hemez
Jean Hemez
Animation
Ed Herft
Ed Herft
Animation
Marco La Torre
Marco La Torre
Animation
Pierre Leduc
Pierre Leduc
Animation Director
Dominique Monfery
Dominique Monfery
Fix Animator
Daphnée Hong
Daphnée Hong
Animation
David Talloy Thomas
David Talloy Thomas
Modeling
Nicolas Valade
Nicolas Valade
Animation
Laurent Rossi
Laurent Rossi
Set Dressing Supervisor
Florence Putzola
Florence Putzola
Animation
Kevin Peaty
Kevin Peaty
Lighting Artist
Catherine Catie Lee
Catherine Catie Lee
Set Designer
Pierre-Henri Laporterie
Pierre-Henri Laporterie
Executive Producer
David Rosenbaum
David Rosenbaum
Editor
Alexander Berner
Alexander Berner
Sound Effects Editor
Mac Smith
Mac Smith
Production Design
Eric Guillon
Eric Guillon
Art Direction
Colin Stimpson
Colin Stimpson
Dialogue Editor
Kim Foscato
Kim Foscato
Dialogue Editor
Cheryl Nardi
Cheryl Nardi
Foley
Ronni Brown
Ronni Brown
Foley
Sean England
Sean England
Sound Effects Editor
Luke Dunn Gielmuda
Luke Dunn Gielmuda
Sound Recordist
Wouter van Herwerden
Wouter van Herwerden
Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Gary Rizzo
Gary Rizzo
Sound Re-Recording Mixer
David Acord
David Acord
Supervising Sound Editor
Dennis Leonard
Dennis Leonard
Music Editor
Kenneth Karman
Kenneth Karman
Digital Intermediate
Amy Pawlowski
Amy Pawlowski
First Assistant Editor
Nicole Bou-Samra
Nicole Bou-Samra
First Assistant Editor
Adam Brailsford
Adam Brailsford
First Assistant Editor
Samuel Craven
Samuel Craven
Co-Director
Yarrow Cheney
Yarrow Cheney
Producer
Janet Healy
Janet Healy
Associate Producer
Brett Hoffman
Brett Hoffman
Associate Producer
Robert Taylor
Robert Taylor
Music
Alexandre Desplat
Alexandre Desplat
Editor
Ken Schretzmann
Ken Schretzmann
Visual Effects
Sophie Kavouridis
Sophie Kavouridis

Screen Zealots

A SCREEN ZEALOTS REVIEW www.screenzealots.com Anyone who is fortunate enough to share their life with a companion animal will undoubtedly get a kick out of the latest Illumination animated effort, “The Secret Life of Pets.” The film soars when it focuses on animals interacting with their human guardians, with the canine and feline characters acting like real pets do (if my cats could talk, I’m sure they’d converse in similar dialogue as portrayed onscreen). The first part of the movie is incredibly perceptive and clever, as is the last 10 minutes because it zeroes in on these very relationships (the opening and closing scenes of the movie are touching and have lots of heart). The problem comes in the middle when the story stops being about ‘pets being pets.’ Sadly, the majority of the film lags when it ventures into the dreaded animated movie territory of sheer stupidity. Loveable human Katie (Ellie Kemper) and her pup Max (Louis C.K.) are the best of friends. Max has several animal buddies that live in the same New York City high rise, including dogs, cats, birds and guinea pigs that stop by for daily visits. When Katie brings home Duke (Eric Stonestreet) from the animal shelter, Max devises a plan to get rid of him. Problem is, the two dogs find themselves lost in the big city and Max’s would-be girlfriend Gidget (Jenny Slate) takes it upon herself to recruit other pets — including the elderly paralyzed basset hound Pops (Dana Carvey) and lonely falcon Tiberius (Albert Brooks) — to bring Max home. Along the way they find themselves at odds with the anarchist gang of “flushed pets,” a group of outspoken, anti-human animals led by former magician’s bunny Snowball (Kevin Hart). The voice acting runs the gamut from phenomenally good (Slate) to wince inducing (Hart). Slate is perfectly cast as Gidget, a poufy white spoiled little dog who eventually saves the day. She proves herself tenfold as a legitimate voiceover actor, and I hope to see her get more work in animation in the future. There’s no denying that Hart is a super likeable actor, but his portrayal of Snowball the bunny is nothing more than repeated, strained yelling. His overall performance felt so labored and unnatural that listening to him onscreen actually made me uncomfortable. I will not hesitate to nominate Hart for a Razzie award for worst actor of the year because his voice work is that bad. In the ‘oh no, not again’ category, there’s plenty of dopey, brainless scenarios crammed in with a feeling that their sole existence is to appease young kids. We get yet another ridiculous animal driving a car stunt that we had to endure in this summer’s nearly insufferable “Finding Dory.” In fact, in “The Secret Life of Pets” we get not only a rabbit driving a van but also a lizard driving a bus and a pig driving a taxi. The absurdity isn’t the only problem: it’s the repetition. The filmmakers must’ve run out of good ideas and instead of moving the story forward, the audience gets the same monotony over and over and over again. I don’t require my animated films to be completely based in reality (there’s a particularly amusing Busby Berkeley inspired musical sequence in a sausage factory), but I do expect more originality than is delivered in this movie. The story at times takes a cynical approach in several places and some of the themes may be too much for sensitive kids (but the film provides a great starting point for a learning opportunity about pets and how animals shouldn’t be viewed as disposable). At least the animation is commendable, nice and colorful with lively, fully realized backgrounds. It’s visually interesting enough for adults and fans of the genre but it’s also vibrant and bustling enough to keep the kids interested. There’s a lovely original score with a lighthearted, almost vintage sound. For me, the original music in this film is one of the standout elements. Overall I feel like this film takes a great idea and almost completely wastes the opportunity. This dull, unremarkable action caper is mostly moronic, but the imaginative peek behind the door at an animal’s life when the humans are away is what’s pure gold. I really wish the film had focused on that component. “The Secret Life of Pets” is fine, but isn’t destined for greatness. **A SCREEN ZEALOTS REVIEW www.screenzealots.com**

Reno

**Street pets versus the house pets! A day adventure in a big city!** Animation films always fascinate me, because of its varieties. Even animals can be the heroes and villains. So this kind of new story perspective, including technology, what makes adults too can enjoy them like the kids does. This is now in the list of top 50 highest grossing films of all time and top 10 of the year 2016. Moreover, it is the highest grossing non Disney and non Pixar animation film. This is a very enjoyable family flick that directed by the 'Despicable Me' famed filmmaker. Kind of similar to 'Bolt', but totally a different experience. This story happens in just one day. It follows a young dog named Max, one day when his owner brings another pet dog, he thinks she does not love him anymore. So to keep his position safe in the house, he strikes a deal by blackmailing his new housemate, Duke. As a revenge act, when Duke tries to get him back, something goes wrong and they get stranded on the street. So getting back to home is their biggest challenge and it should be done before the sun sets. The rest is the Max and Duke's a day adventure in the New York City. I was not expecting a masterpiece, just the last week I saw one, 'Finding Dory'. This is a good entertainer, that has some great names in the voice-over cast. Particularly you will love Kevin Hart like I did. But watch out for his impolite dialogues, if you are watching with your kids. Though there's nothing seriously affecting, just a typical Kevin Hart, but awesome. A simple story, a simple adventure, but very likable characters and screen presentation. From the pets' perspective about during the daytime when their owners and the kids left for the work and school, respectively, how they make their day is what's revealed in this. So the 'Secret Life' means, theirs secret get together and do whatever they want to. But an unexpected clash takes place between the two gangs, the house pets and the street pets. In so many ways, it was better than I anticipated. There are lots of untold stuffs, especially the Duke's past which might be covered in the sequel which is officially announced now. So I'm waiting for the 2018 summer. Meanwhile, watch it if you haven't yet, particularly if you like animation. _7/10_

Tiffany Lynn

Very cute intro and some adorable animals, but the leads (voiced by Louis C.K. and Eric Stonestreet) were the worst part of the film... even if they did have a couple funny moments. What makes this worth viewing, however, are Gidget (Jenny Slate), Snowball (Kevin Hart), and Tiberius (Albert Brooks). In fact, I'd even consider watching a spin-off it it focused on them and left Max and Duke out. BTW, the funny and adorable intro is pretty much all shown in the trailer and didn't give much of an indication into exactly what the film would be.

mattwilde123

Meh. Funny. Acting was alright. I liked Kevin Hart as the rabbit. But it is definitely just for kids and the ending was very sudden. ★★★

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