The Secret Life of Pets is a 2016 American computer-animated comedy film produced by Illumination Entertainment. It is directed by Chris Renaud and co-directed by Yarrow Cheney and written by Brian Lynch, Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio. The film stars Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, and Steve Coogan in a dual role, Ellie Kemper, Bobby Moynihan, Lake Bell, Dana Carvey, Hannibal Buress, Jenny Slate, and Albert Brooks.
Taking place in a Manhattan apartment building, Max’s life as a favorite pet is turned upside down, when his owner brings home a sloppy mongrel named Duke. They have to put their quarrels behind when they find out that an adorable white bunny named Snowball is building an army of lost pets determined to take revenge. The Secret Life of Pets has also grossed over £2million on four different weekends, a feat matched by only the UK’s biggest film of the year, The Jungle Book.
Illumination shows great maturity with “The Secret Life of Pets” in terms of animation as well as producer Chris Meledandri’s fondness for buddy comedies wrapped around likable misfits. The diversity of animals and idiosyncrasies among breeds is noteworthy, as is the autumnal richness of New York, and the ensemble cast of comedians (including Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet and Kevin Hart) is funny and appealing. The Secret Life of Pets also secures animation’s domination of the 2016 box office.
This film is a salute to how much all of us love our pets. No matter what they do in the movie, the new friends they meet or the death they defy, they still have to be back at the end of the day to see their owners come home. Even if they go on crazy adventures during the day, the highlight of every day is when their owner comes home. Illumination Entertainment founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and his longtime collaborator Janet Healy—who together have produced the beloved films of the Despicable Me franchise, as well as the blockbusters Minions and Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax—produce the comedy that is directed by Chris Renaud, co-directed by Yarrow Cheney and written by Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio and Brian Lynch.
“The inspiration behind Pets was all of the pets that my family and I have owned since I was a little kid,” says Chris Meledandri. ‘’We grew up with a cat and dogs and a bird, and what I realized as I became a parent was that we all invested these pets with rich emotional lives. Whenever we’d come home we would be thinking about the joy in their faces in seeing us and thinking about them doing things that were a little bit naughty. We realized we were asking exactly what they had done while we were out.”
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