Max (Louis C.K.) the terrier isn’t too thrilled when his owner brings home a large uncontrollable mutt named Duke (Eric Stonestreet), who threatens to usurp his position as ‘best pet’. But both animals are forced to put their problems aside when they end up alone on the streets of New York City, and on the wrong side of a cute yet psychotic rabbit named Snowball (Kevin Hart).
After making a name for themselves with the Despicable Me franchise, Illumination Entertainment have established their own animation style with their character designs of humans and animals and locations such as the New York City streets and slums being represented as much larger than life.
The narrative borrows a little too much from Pixar’s Toy Story, but the voice acting is amazing in terms of the supporting cast, with Kevin Hart stealing the show and an entertaining sub-plot that gets the funniest laughs.
Overall, despite being a literal copy-paste of Toy Story‘s narrative, The Secret Life of Pets is a cute and amusing film that should serve families well – that is until next month’s latest Pixar offering Finding Dory hits the screens.