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The Secret Life of Pets
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01.03.2017 By: Sean Wist
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Director:
Chris Renaud, Yarrow Cheney

Actors:
Louis C.K.
Kevin Hart
Jenny Slate

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
The life of Max the terrier is upended when his owner takes in Duke, a stray whom Max instantly dislikes.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Illumination Entertainment struck gold with their first film, Despicable Me, and has been riding that Minion wave ever since, occasionally delivering other stories that are seemingly in the same universe. While I can't say I've seen much of their work (Minions just don't do it for me), I can't imagine The Secret Life of Pets will stand toe-to-toe with their best. This film comes off as Saturday morning fare, and not the good kind.

Remember the trailer, where we got to see what all the pets did once their owners left? Yeah, that only resembles the bookends of the film, taking up about 10 minutes. The rest of the film goes on your standard adventure where the terrier Max (Louis C.K.) and Duke the mutt try to make their way back home after trying to rid one of the other. They run into the usual tropes you'd expect from an animated film, they make their way home and finally find acceptance. Spoilers?

The reason this movie sucks, aside from the unoriginal story, is that the voice acting doesn't even feel inspired. Kevin Hart plays a "cute" bunny, and I'm pretty sure at this point it's in his contract NOT to be funny in a feature film. There's also the oddly picked Albert Brookes as a vulture, but his voice is so identified with Finding Nemo/Dory that it's distracting here. Even the animation fails alongside some of the larger animation houses.

Illumination doesn't play to their studios' strength here, and instead delivers a sub-par animated flick that may delight kids who don't know any better, but is sure to bore animation enthusiasts.
THE EXTRAS
The Humans That Brought You Pets (8:43): Here are several interview segments with the creators of Secret Life of Pets.

Animals Can Talk: Meet the Actors (3:47): Much like the previous feature, we not get interview snippets with the voice cast.

All About the Pets (6:26): An animal trainer and some of the actors get some hands-on time with animals.

Hairstylist to the Dogs (3:41): Eric Stonestreet joins a stylist in grooming a dog.

How to Make an Animated film (4:13): This is a very brief look at what goes into making an animated feature.

Anatomy of a Scene (4:46): This breaks down some of the individual elements that go into a scene.

The Best of Snowball (1:15): This pointless extra gives us a few moments from the film featuring Kevin Hart's bunny character, Snowball.

Lyric Video (2:23): A lyric video for "Lovely Day."

Hot Dog Sing-Along (1:12): The song and dance number from the film featured in the fantasy land of hot dogs.

Fandango Brian the Minion on Pets: A 3-part MST3K-style featurette where Minions watch the film.

GoPro The Secret Life of Pets (2:04): A GoPro ad featuring footage from the film.

Sing Trailer (4:02)

Mini-Movies: Three mini-movies that include, NormanTV (4:01), Weenie (4:05), Mower Minions (4:27), and the making of the Mini-Movies.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
The Secret Life of Pets' best moments are in the trailer. The rest of it is all fluff, much like the special features on this Blu-ray. Worth a rental only if you're really interested in checking out the movie.
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