Honest Trailers has become a comedy institution on YouTube. Combining clever self-aware commentary on the disposable nature of movie advertising and effectively presenting mini-reviews of recent films in the format of a trailer-parody, it’s become impossible to see trailers for noteworthy blockbusters and not think “What will the Honest Trailers people make of this?”
Now, we have an answer for another big release: The Secret Life of Pets. The Secret Life of Pets was a big commercial success for Illumination Entertainment – which is looking to strike gold again this winter holiday season with the film Sing! – and critics were largely positive in their responses – with some notable caveats. The movie was taken to task for its overly familiar story and the perceived waste of its eclectic voice cast. As expected, the movie’s Honest Trailer zeroes in on those flaws, but also makes it a point to fire more than a few zingers at the expense of Illumination’s (bizarrely?) ubiquitous Minions franchise.
As noted in the Honest Trailer, The Secret Life of Pets recycles Toy Story‘s premise but with animals swapped out for action figures. The story follows a pampered New York dog whose comfortable life is upset by his owner’s adoption of a scruffy, dim-witted new playmate. Their inability to coexist ultimately drives both out into the big city, where they become wrapped up in the machinations of an underground cult of abandoned pets – led by a rabbit (Kevin Hart) with a sinister plan to separate all of NYC’s pets from their masters.
Despite this sort of criticism, The Secret Life of Pets grossed a hefty $874 million in theaters worldwide and has a sequel set for release in 2018. With Sing! schedule to hit the big screen in a few weeks, Illumination will next turn its attention to the 2017-targeted Despicable Me 3; a film that finds Gru and the Minions pitted against a megalomaniacal former 1980s child star-turned supervillain (with Gru’s own long-lost twin brother along for the ride).
The busy animation house is also developing reboots of the Dr. Seuss properties How The Grinch Stole Christmas and The Cat in The Hat, which are set to be fully-animated (as opposed to the live-action attempts previously made at both stories). Grinch is due for 2018, with two untitled films planned for 2019 and 2020. One of those may well be The Cat in The Hat, which is in active development but does not have an official release date yet.
The Secret Life of Pets 2 opens in U.S. theaters on July 13th, 2018.
Source: Screen Junkies
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