For their fifth fully-animated feature-film collaboration, Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures present The Secret Life of Pets, a comedy about the lives our pets lead after we leave for work or school each day.

Comedy superstars Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet and Kevin Hart make their animated feature-film debuts in The Secret Life of Pets, which co-stars Jenny Slate, Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Dana Carvey, Hannibal Buress, Bobby Moynihan, Steve Coogan and Albert Brooks. Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and his longtime collaborator Janet Healy produce the film directed by Chris Renaud (Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2), co-directed by Yarrow Cheney and written by Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio and Brian Lynch.


What We Thought: 

The Secret Life of Pets is absolutely adorable. I’m a grown man with no kids and I thought it was super cute. Your kids will love it.

I wasn’t sure if I would like it going into the movie. I like the Despicable Me/Minions movies, but I’m not the biggest animals/pets type guy. I grew up with some pets, but I don’t have any now and haven’t in years. I wasn’t sure if the movie would be too kiddish, but the cast made me want to see it.

It’s that cast that makes it great. Louis CK, Kevin Hart, Eric Stonestreet, Jenny Slate, Ellie Kemper, Albert Brooks and others provide the voices of dogs, cats, birds, a rabbit, a pig, an alligator and more. That cast also makes it funny for adults with the way they deliver lines and kind of make the joke more adult oriented.

Don’t get me wrong, this is 100% perfect for kids of all ages, but movies like this work because of inside adult jokes that go over the heads of children. This also works because of the fantastic animation. Kids and adults will both be laughing at the facial expressions and actions of the animals. I know I did.

I haven’t seen Zootopia yet, but so far, this is my favorite animated film of the year. Finding Dory is perfectly fine, but I really enjoyed this. I laughed a lot. I liked the music and the characters and the story.

The Secret Life of Pets will be the number 1 movie at the box office this week. If you have kids, take them to see it. It’s too cute not to see. The cast is great. The animation is great. I totally expect and want a sequel. Plus there’s a Minions short before it which was funny. Nothing else to say besides…


Cast & Crew: 

  • Louis CK
  • Kevin Hart
  • Jenny Slate
  • Eric Stonestreet
  • Lake Bell
  • Dana Carvey
  • Ellie Kemper
  • Albert Brooks

Recommended If You Like:

  • Zootopia
  • Despicable Me
  • Finding Dory 

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