For their fifth fully animated feature-film collaboration, Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment (the humans behind Despicable Me) present The Secret Life Of Pets, a family comedy about the lives of our furry friends and what they really get up to when we leave for work or school each day.
Max (Louis C.K.) is a pampered terrier living the high life in a swish New York apartment until his owner Katie adopts Duke, a giant and unruly canine. One day when they are being walked by a caretaker, Duke tricks Max into being dragged far into the city, where they encounter a gang of ferocious alley cats including Ozone (Steve Coogan) and wind up in an animal control truck that’s bound for the pound.
Luckily, a rebellious white rabbit by the name of Snowball (Kevin Hart) swoops in to save the doggy duo from captivity, but demands that Max and Duke join his gang of abandoned pets on a mission against the humans who have done them wrong.
When Gidget (Jenny Slate), a white Pomeranian that has a crush on Max, finds out that he is missing, she recruits a hawk called Tiberius (Albert Brooks) and friends Mel, Buddy, Chloe and Sweet Pea to join forces and rescue the duo.
The Secret Life Of Pets // Official Trailer
The Secret Life Of Pets // Multimedia Screening 19.06.16
They’d really gone all out to make sure the screening was as fun and accommodating as possible for children and there were so many brilliant activities available for them to take part in including facepainting, decorating biscuits, making headbands, creating father’s day cards and creating personalised dog tags. There was even a petting zoo where children were able to get up close and personal with various breeds of dogs and rabbits.
Once everyone was seated in the circle and stalls we were treated to a dog agility show which my niece absolutely loved. They had a little obstacle course set up on stage and a couple of owners/dogs taking part which was good fun to watch.
The screening started promptly and before the credits rolled, we were surprised with a wonderful new Minions short film, titled Mower Minions. The premise involves the Minions seeing a product they want to buy during an infomercial on television. Not having the funds to buy the product, the yellow guys decide to start a lawn mowing business and of course the hijinks they get in are hilarious – there were laughs all round from adults and children alike! To give you an idea of the humour, one minion steps in dog poop, which is picked up and bagged – a bag which is later accidentally used by another minion who is hyperventilating! Gross, but funny!
I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by The Secret Life Of Pets. I went in with the opinion that it would be a film aimed at children only but I was quickly corrected. Even though it is marketed for kids, it certainly ticks the “fun for all the family” box with its relatable characters, realistic scenes and apparent charm throughout. It’s perfectly cast and serves up the laughs and life lessons in equal measure.
I honestly thought the film was absolutely brilliant and I laughed so much throughout it…as did my niece and everyone else sat in the audience. Kevin Hart as Snowball and Lake bell as jaded tabby cat Chloe get all the killer one-liners and “make” this film in my opinion. Both characters are just hilarious.
I feel i should also briefly mention the 3D effects, which were AMAZING. There is one part in particular where it appears as if a snake jumps out of the screen at you and it was so realistic my niece literally jumped out of her seat and covered her eyes.
The Secret Life Of Pets is by far the best “family” film I’ve seen in years and one that will appeal to people of all ages.
My niece had an absolutely lovely day, we all did actually and this little pup was impressed with his new tag! Yes, he is a HE despite the pink tag!