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The Secret Life of Pets | Beautiful Animation & Original Story

June 07, 2016

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The Secret Life of Pets | Beautiful Animation & Original Story - Reviewed by Kidzworld on Jun 07, 2016
( Rating: 5 Star Rating)

The Secret Life of Pets is about a terrier named Max whose quiet life is upended when his owner takes in Duke, a stray mutt whom Max instantly dislikes. Read Gerrys movie review on Kidzworld!

By Gerry O., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 14 

The Secret Life of Pets Video Review

 

What do you get when you combine a fantastic cast, beautiful animation, original story and hilarious jokes? You get this new animated masterpiece, The Secret Life of Pets.

Fat cat Chloe, pampered terrier mix Max, and excitable pug MelFat cat Chloe, pampered terrier mix Max, and excitable pug MelCourtesy of Universal Pictures

The Secret Life of Pets is predominantly a comedy however, there is much more to this story than nicely delivered jokes. The film also dips into a cute romance story with a very strong main sense of adventure. Some action is involved to spice things up as well as some drama to keep the viewer at the edge of their seats and help see the relationship between the on-screen characters to their own pets.

An adorable and deranged bunny, Snowball is the leader of the Flushed PetsAn adorable and deranged bunny, Snowball is the leader of the Flushed PetsCourtesy of Universal Pictures
 

The adventure begins when Max (Louis C.K), an ordinary house dog, gets a new doggy brother, Duke (Eric Stonestreet). The two don’t exactly become friends at first and when they end up at a park, they get separated and must go on a huge adventure where they meet many strange and interesting creatures as they journey back to their owner.

Pampered terrier mix Max is introduced to giant, fluffy, unruly rescue Duke by their owner, KatiePampered terrier mix Max is introduced to giant, fluffy, unruly rescue Duke by their owner, KatieCourtesy of Universal Pictures

This film is a rare case where there is truly nothing to complain about. The comedy appeals to all ages. In the audience, kids were laughing throughout the entire film and so were adults. The story is entertaining and never gets boring or drag on. And, it keeps creating new fun ways to entertain the viewers. I also enjoyed many small references to other films. The whole movie has a very relaxed feel, which is perfect.

Mel, Chloe, Gidget, Norman, Tiberius, Sweetpea and BuddyMel, Chloe, Gidget, Norman, Tiberius, Sweetpea and BuddyCourtesy of Universal Pictures

The cast is legendary with Louis C.K, Kevin Hart (Snowball), Albert Brooks (Tiberius) and more - all making the characters truly come alive.  Visuals of downtown New York are stunning and greatly enjoyable. It is also worth mentioning that I greatly enjoyed the classical soundtrack of the film which is very unexpected for an animated family comedy. But, it elevates the jokes in many places and spices things up without going overboard.

Chloe, Sweetpea, Norman, Mel, Buddy, Tiberius and GidgetChloe, Sweetpea, Norman, Mel, Buddy, Tiberius and GidgetCourtesy of Universal Pictures

My favorite scene is when Duke and Max run into a sausage factory during their journey home. At the factory they, of course, eat many sausages and both overeat and imagine a heavenly sausage world. This goes back to the very relaxed feel of the whole film and the scene is completely random but seems to fit perfectly and made the audience laugh nonstop.

Film Critic Gerry O.Film Critic Gerry O.Courtesy of KIDS FIRST!

This film is meant for kids, but It appeals to adults too. I recommend it for ages 6 to 18. Some of the scarier animals may be a bit much for younger kids. I rank it 5 out of 5 because of its original idea, fantastic casting, new and funny characters, wonderful soundtrack and great sense of humor.

The Secret Life of Pets Movie Rating:5

The Secret Life of Pets PosterThe Secret Life of Pets PosterCourtesy of Universal Pictures

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