Thus far, Illumination Entertainment are best known for bringing us the Minions - which, love them or loathe them have undeniably become one of the biggest sensations in recent years. In fact, after first arriving on screen in Despicable Me, Minions have pulled in over $1 billion for Illumination, just from the Minions movie alone. Add in the amount no doubt earned in revenue from Minion merchandise, and it's very easy to guess that Illumination will be hoping for a similar result with their latest film, The Secret Life of Pets.
The Secret Life of Pets premise is quite simple: a look at what our beloved furry friends really get up to while we're not home. Based on all the memes and pet-shaming posts out there, this is a pretty hilarious prospect, but The Secret Life of Pets also has a bit more substance to it. Max (voiced by Louis C.K.), a pampered Terrier, is given the 'gift' of a new brother, Duke (Eric Stonestreet) - only Max doesn't take kindly to the gigantic new arrival and the pair soon land in trouble when they're picked up by the pound. As they desperately try to make it back to their apartment somewhere in Manhattan, Duke and Max meet various characters along the way including Snowball (Kevin Hart), a cute, fluffy white Bunny who runs an underground pet gang known as 'The Flushed Pets'.
The Secret Life of Pets also co-stars Steve Coogan (Happyish), Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Bobby Moynihan (Saturday Night Live), Lake Bell (No Escape), Hannibal Buress (Broad City), Jenny Slate (Parks and Rec), Albert Brooks (Concussion), and Dana Carvey (Saturday Night Live). The film is co-directed by Chris Renaud (Despicable Me 1 & 2) and Yarrow Cheney, who makes his directorial debut after serving as production designer on Despicable Me. The script for The Secret Life of Pets is by Brian Lynch (Minions) and Despicable Me writers Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio.
You can check out the new poster for The Secret Life of Pets, below:
From the trailer, it looks as though The Secret Life of Pets follows a storyline similar to that of Disney's Oliver, or Lady and the Tramp. In that respect, it maybe lacks some originality, but that's not to say Illumination hasn't firmly placed their own stamp on the movie and created some really lovable and, indeed, laughable new characters for adults and kids alike to enjoy.
Certainly Snowball and Duke look to be great comic creations, and the visual gags relating to the differences in size between the various pets will bring a lot of laughs. One of the best laugh out loud moments (at least in this trailer), comes from Leonard the Poodle, when his sensible and stuffy owner takes his leave. In fact so far, all the teasers and trailers released for this movie have been wickedly funny, and might just make you look at your own pet in a new light.
The Secret Life of Pets will be released in U.S. theaters on July 8th, 2016.
Source: Illumination Entertainment