Hypothetical Netflix Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Odds are, if you’ve seen any movie so far this year about anthropomorphic animals, it was Zootopia. Again, that movie made all of the money. The Secret Life of Pets is an entirely different animal…bad pun, I know.
This movie could almost be looked at as the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes to Zootopia‘s Charlton Heston Apes movies; it’s a couple years before the animals join forces and take the world from the humans.
The story follows a terrier named Max, voiced by Louis C.K.(Louie), whose happy life is uprooted when his owner brings home another, much larger dog, Duke, Eric Stonestreet(Modern Family). They do their odd couple thing and end up getting lost in the big city, sending them on a race home, chased by dog catchers and a gang of dangerous runaway pets led by Kevin Hart(Ride Along, Get Hard)…who plays a bunny all as their friends look for them.
The voice acting in this movie is good. They managed to round up some great comic talent beyond those listed above. It’s a who’s who of comics. You got Jenny Slate (also in Zootopia), Hannibal Buress, Albert Brooks, Dana Carvey, Steve Coogan to name a few.
The plot is pretty standard: dogs go missing, friends try to find them, hilarity ensues. This is not the best animated I’ve ever seen, but it’s far from the worst. This movie has more laughs than Zootopia, though I still rate the movies the same. Neither one is anything super special. The Secret Life of Pets reminded me sorta of Toy Story only with pets instead.