“The Secret Life of Pets” Review

The Secret Life of Pets is exactly what you think it is – a sneak-peek into the minds of your beloved pets whose ceaseless antics never fail to amuse you. The trailer was one of the most hilarious sketches that we had ever seen in a long time and needless to say, this had been in our must-watch list.

Chris Renaud, who gave us the Despicable Me series and the very popular Robots, also one of our favourites, started out as an Animator or a Story Artist eventually directing his own films. This probably explains his fascination for creating characters which are accurate caricatures of the idea that they represent and with such signature attributes that they seamlessly become part of the pop-culture. The Minions, in case, have sparked an entire range of merchandise for kids and have found their way into memes and the overall Internet Culture.

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A still from Robots
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One of the most popular characters created by Renaud. Did you know it was Renaud himself who voiced the minions in both the Despicable Me films ?

This story is about the little dog called Max who lives with his master in the city. His master is a very kind woman who loves adopting dogs who have no other shelter and have been rejected for some reason. Although Max hates watching his master leave for work every day, he feels loved and cared for. One day as his master returns back from work, she has an unexpected companion with her – a big brown fluffy dog called Duke. Even though she loves both the dogs equally, Max’s life turns upside down as now he has to share all his space and his master’s undivided attention with Duke. During one of their tussles to get rid of the other, they find themselves lost in the big city where they meet all kinds of weird animals who have been living in the other side of the spectrum, rejected and hiding from Animal control and all humans, basically.

The hilarious adventure that ensues leaves us in splits as they topple and crash through ridiculously funny situations. Each and every animal is written accurately in terms of expressions and mannerisms, and comically timed to perfection! The Secret Life of Pets is not as imaginative and endearing as Robots which follows an amazing storyline that intends to inspire and convey a message, but relies more on slapstick comedy to tell a simple story. And that is not a problem, as it is exactly how we expect to see animals act.

Each and every animal is written accurately in terms of expressions and mannerisms, and comically timed to perfection!

However, it does touch upon a very subtle cultural attribute that has become widespread among city-dwellers. During their adventure, Max also encounters the group of rebellious animals who call themselves the “Flushed ones” and who live for a revolution to take over the city someday. Although this whole scenario is comic and hilarious (especially the little white bunny rabbit, who leads these rebels), it is also sad for the fact that how true it is.

Leaving aside the truly genuine animal-lovers who care for their pets, there are people who also get animals for their own amusement. Once they are done with them as they grow big or old, they heartlessly get rid of them by dumping them in some dark alley or maybe flushing them down the toilet. The point is – if you do not know how to care for an animal, please do not get one. Animals need as much love and care as we ourselves do. When you abandon them, they are extremely vulnerable and would more often than not die of starvation.

The point is – if you do not know how to care for an animal, please do not get one. Animals need as much love and care as we ourselves do. When you abandon them, they are extremely vulnerable and would more often than not die of starvation.

Please do not be one of those people…

Coming back to the film, Chris Renaud is definitely one of our go to directors for animated stories. His highly imaginative depictions are not a thing to be missed !

gobblscore: 6.5/10

gobblpoint: A classic movie for animal lovers and others alike. It is equal parts funny and equal parts adorable !

Disclaimer: The images used in this post are the sole property of the makers of this film and are not owned by us in any form whatsoever.

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