Posted by: greercn | July 21, 2016

The Secret Life Of Pets

Lots of very clever animation pulls you in. Cats, dogs and other pets are left home alone while their owners go to work. They get into trouble but are able to help each other out. That’s about it.

Brought to you by the “Despicable Me” and “Minions” team, you get a short and new film about the minions, just before the main movie starts.

What’s the plot of the main attraction? Our hero is Max who is annoyed when his owner brings home Duke. Gidget loves Max, but has never told him this. Snowball – named for the drink or for the character in “Animal Farm” – is a very aggressive rabbit with a lot of axes to grind.

The voices, script and adventures all share the charm of the characters. Nothing here will frighten small children, but the Stratford East Picturehouse audience seemed very happy while watching this.

And if you don’t know the New York City locations in real life, you’ll probably recognise them from films.

The Illumination team puts in some of quirky delights and it passes the time without lingering too long.



  1. Oooh, thanks for the review…especially the “Nothing here will frighten small children” bit. At least I can plan a viewing of this much anticipated (in our house) movie…probably purely because a Scottie featured in the trailer somewhere…but it does look soooo cool. Family outing coming.

    • It’s actually deeper than the trailer lets on so adults will get quite a lot of laughs from it, too. Thanks for the comment!

      • Awesome. Can’t wait. It really looks like great fun though! These animated ones generally do appeal on two levels don’t they? Have a good one!

  2. Let me know what you and yours think of it. You might have a favourite character or scene.

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