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The Secret Life of Pets (2016)

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

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Chris Renaud, Yarrow Cheney (co-director)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Louis C.K. ... Max (voice)
Eric Stonestreet ... Duke (voice)
Kevin Hart ... Snowball (voice)
Jenny Slate ... Gidget (voice)
Ellie Kemper ... Katie (voice)
Albert Brooks ... Tiberius (voice)
Lake Bell ... Chloe (voice)
Dana Carvey ... Pops (voice)
Hannibal Buress ... Buddy (voice)
Bobby Moynihan ... Mel (voice)
Chris Renaud ... Norman (voice)
Steve Coogan ... Ozone / Reginald (voice)
Michael Beattie ... Tattoo (voice)
Sandra Echeverría ... Maria (voice) (as Sandra Echeverria)
Jaime Camil ... Fernando (voice)
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Storyline

In a Manhattan apartment building, Max's life as a favorite pet is turned upside-down, when his owner brings home sloppy mongrel Duke. They must put their quarrels aside when they learn that adorable white bunny Snowball is building an army of lost pets determined to wreak revenge. Written by Supermikey71

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rodent | animal | frog | fight | betrayal | See All (54) »

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for action and some rude humor | See all certifications »

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Country:

Japan | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 July 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Pets Movie See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$104,352,905, 10 July 2016, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$368,384,330

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$875,457,937
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

If you look at Tattoos' tattoos you can see a unicorn, a nod to Despicable Me (2010) and another that says Made in France where the animation was done. There is also the triforce design from the Zelda games above the butterfly. See more »

Goofs

The dog-walker seems to have gotten the dogs while their owners had left them at their apartment room by themselves. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Max: [narrating] I've lived in this city all my life. I'm Max. And I'm the luckiest dog in New York because of her. That's Katie. Katie and I, well, we have the perfect relationship. We met a few years ago and, boy, let me tell ya', we got along right away. You know, it was one of those relationships where... where you just know.
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Crazy Credits

In the Illumination Entertainment logo, Bob the Minion is happily walking while humming a tune, until the 'MIN' and 'ION' parts of the logo light up. When the entire logo lights up, Bob happily says its name and squeals with joy. See more »


Soundtracks

Stayin' Alive
Written by Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb, and Robin Gibb
As sampled in "Stayin' Alive '95"
Written by Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb, Robin Gibb, Dale Longworth, Kevin O'Toole, and Ricardo Jervis Lyte (as Jervis Lyte)
Performed by N-Trance
Courtesy of MN2S
Contains a sample from "Stayin' Alive"
Performed by The Bee Gees (as Bee Gees)
Courtesy of Rhino Entertainment Company
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film and TV Licensing
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Surprisingly Entertaining Illumination Flick
3 August 2016 | by valen060See all my reviews

Ever since the release of Despicable Me back in 2010, Illumination has really stepped up from their previous animated movies. Whether it be the aforementioned film, its sequel, its spin-off Minions, or the 2012 adaptation of Dr. Seuss' The Lorax, it was quite a change with their latest entry The Secret Life of Pets.

The plot centers around Max (Louis C.K.), a terrier living happily with his loving owner Katie (Ellie Kemper) in New York City, but when she adopts a bigger dog named Duke (Eric Stonestreet) to live with them, Max is overwhelmed by his new roommate. The two opposing dogs must then work together however, before Katie gets back when they are lost in the big city.

For an original story done by Illumination, it does creatively borrow off the concepts of both Toy Story as well as the 2008 film Bolt, yet it flows out well with the voice cast bringing these characters to life which include stand-up comic Louis C.K. voicing the leading dog Max, Jenny Slate (Saturday Night Live, Zootopia) as Max's potential love interest Gidget, and 'Modern Family' star Eric Stonestreet as Duke. With quick-witted, slapstick humor that feels reminiscent of Looney Tunes (even with a tendency to adlib lines in some scenes), the real scene stealer among this talented cast goes to comedian Kevin Hart voicing adorable, yet antagonistic rabbit Snowball.

While the littler ones will be kept engaged and entertained by the humorous animal characters as well as the obstacles they come across, to me personally the story feels rushed, especially the need for a little more emotional depth and better character development. I know there's a lot more to offer in this story's universe, so a sequel can't be far behind from this underrated animated flick. Nevertheless, it certainly kept me laughing nearly throughout the movie's 90-minute run time and it's something that shouldn't be taken for granted. I enjoyed it.


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