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Published August 27th 2016
Do you love to be greeted by your pet when you get home?
The Secret Life of Pets is a great animated film dedicated our furry friends. The story focuses on terrier Max when his life is turned upside down after his owner adopts a stray dog called Duke. The two dislike each other immediately until they go on an unexpected adventure through New York.
The movie opens with a pets point of view of what happens when their owners leave for work or school in the morning. The rest of the movie is about surviving in the busy city fighting against alley cat and undomesticated animals gangs and trying to avoid capture from the pound.
The animation was amazing with fine detail and beautiful colours. The characters are well developed and rounded. The animated feature film is a debut for comedy stars Louis C.K, Eric Stonestreet and Kevin Heart. The voices are performed by actors who you may not have heard of it, but have probably seen a handful of them if you look up their names online, like Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Steve Coogan, Dana Carvey, Jenny Slate, Bobby Moynihan, Hannibal Buress and Albert Brooks.
The movie provided lots of giggles and the crowd, who was mostly primary school age, laughed throughout. The story does go overboard in several parts (particularly when the dogs are over indulging at the sausage factory). Some of the jokes are aimed exclusively at adults. The music was from various eras appealing to parents and grandparents but opens with Taylor Swift's appropriately titled 'Welcome to New York'. New York provides an interesting and dynamic backdrop with its unique landmarks, parks, scenery and buildings adding an extra dimension.
Although there are cats and other pets in the film, it has a bias towards dogs. If you own a dog, like we do, then you'll be able to identify with how much your dog gets excited to see you when you arrive home and chases and barks at random animals. You'll appreciate and relate to the mannerisms and habits of some of the animals. Although it does make you wonder what your dog really gets up to when you aren't at home and sympathise with their point of view.
The Secret Life of Pets is going to be a firm favourite with animal-loving children, and secretly some pet-loving adults too.
The Secret Life of Pets coming to cinemas in Australia from Thursday 8th September 2016. It will be appearing at various cinemas around Australia and the world.
Great review. The first teaser trailer I saw of this got me very excited, as I liked the 'what pets get up to when your not there', but when I saw the second trailer about the main plot, I lost interest.