Monday, 12 September 2016

The Secret Life of Pets Review

The Secret Life of Pets

Release Date: 9th August 2016 - Australia 

Production Companies
Universal Pictures 
Illumination Entertainment 

Universal Pictures Australia 

Genre: Animation/Family

Rating: G

Runtime: 91 minutes 

Budget: $75,000,000

Box Office Gross: $875,457,937

Plot Summary 
In Manhattan, Max is enjoying his life as his owner's favourite pet in a comfortable apartment building where they live together. One day, his life is turned upside down when his human brings a sloppy mongrel named Duke. 

However, when they learn that an adorable white bunny named Snowball is putting together an army of abandoned pets determined to take revenge on all happy-owned pets and their owners, Max and Duke have to team up to put a stop to the rabbit's plan.

Voice Cast
Louis C.K. - Max
Eric Stonestreet - Duke
Kevin Hart - Snowball
Ellie Kemper - Katie
Jenny Slate - Gidget
Lake Bell - Chloe
Hannibal Buress - Buddy
Bobby Moynihan - Mel
Albert Brooks - Tiberius
Dana Carvey - Pops
Tara Strong - Sweetpea
Chris Renaud - Norman
Michael Beattie - Tattoo
Steve Coogan - Oozone/Reginald

Director - Chris Renaud  
Co-Director - Yarrow Cheney
Writers - Cinco Paul, Ken Duario and Brian Lynch
Additional Characters Creator - Simon Rich
Producers - Janet Healy and Christopher Meledandri
Production Designer/Character Designer - Eric Guillon
Character Designer - Robin Joseph
Animation Directors - Dominique Monfery, Jonathan DelVal and Julien Soret
Film Editor - Ken Schretzmen
Music - Alexandre Desplat

The animation company Illunimation hasn't really stepped up its game since the success of their beloved DESPICABLE ME franchise. Their latest showcase THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS may seem to be qualified as a harmless, fluffy and colourful CG movie that panders to the young animal-loving moviegoers. The only downside of the film is that it lacks heart and soul which is due to the plot tracing elements that reflects TOY STORY (click here). Though the similarities between the two movies are probably just a mere coincidence, the graphics are quite astonishing. The well-scripted humour is a creative match for the whimsical energy of the animation style.

The movie is boosted by the talents of the star-studded team players like Louis C.K., Jenny Slate, Lake Bell and Kevin Hart. Hart is the most energetic and surprising actor of the ensemble and he voices the rabbit who may seem cute and cuddly but is an antagonist with an inside grudge against humanity and the domesticated.

THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS may amuse young and old audiences with a clever balanced comedic material as well as the vivid animation. It's been a semi-decent movie that could have been a worthy act to follow the DESPICABLE ME films for its trademark laughter and characters.

Star rating: (7/10) Good Movie 

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