We’ve had a few good animation movies in the recent past – Kung Fu Panda 3, Zootopia, Finding Dory. The Secret Life Of Pets is the latest addition to that list. At an ultra-crisp 87 minute running time, it offers everything you need from an animated feature to please both – the young ones and the adults in plenty.
TSLOP gives us a brief look at what pets get up to when their owners aren’t around before taking us on a rollicking search and rescue adventure – all within the space of one working day.
It is gorgeously animated with wonderful attention to detailing – if you’re a pet owner, you’ll find yourself smirking at a lot of moments and might even look at your pets a bit differently wondering what they really do in your absence. It features a hugely talented voice cast featuring Louis C. K., Eric Stonestreet aka Cam from Modern Family, Kevin Hart and lots of others as a whole bunch of zany characters from telenova-addicted dogs, thug rabbits, evil birds, tattooed pigs and even a wonky crocodile making it a pretty hilarious ride. I especially loved Kevin Hart’s wannabe badass bunny – aptly titled Snowball, Jenny Slate’s hyperactive, smitten pomeranian Gidget and the amazing expressions of Lake Bell’s callous and cold-hearted appearing feline Chloe. For a change, even the 3D effects are pretty cool (I always find them used to much better effect in animated movies versus live action ones).
On the downside, I couldn’t help but make comparisons to the Toy Story movies while watching it and maybe it does lack a bit of the emotional depth of a Finding Dory or the social message of a Zootopia. The premise definitely set it up to do a lot more than it ends up doing. But these issues certainly didn’t stop me from having a very good time at the movies. And after all that’s what it’s all about. Woof!
The Secret Life Of Pets
Genre: Animation, Comedy
Directed by: Yarrow Cheney and Chris Renaud
Starring: Louis C. K., Kevin Hart, Eric Stonesreet
Running time: 87 minutes