My kids and I recently watched The Secret Life of Pets. We loved the animated film so much that we’ve watched it twice already. The movie is funny and the characters are cute. The story idea is similar to Toy Story. When the owners are away, the pets talk and hang out with each. But when the owners return, they transform back into cute pets. The Secret Life of Pets is available on Digital HD now and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand December 6th. Note: Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment sent me the movie for review on my dad blog. As always, the opinions expressed are mine and I am not obligated to write a positive review.
The Secret Life of Pets Story
The Secret Life of Pets is a story about a group of pets. The main character is a dog by the name of Max. He’s living the good life when his owner brings home another dog (Duke). Naturally, Max gets jealous and the two dogs soon becomes enemies. But the two dogs eventually become brothers when they get lost and must find their way back home. The storyline kinda reminded me of the first Toy Story movie when Woody and Buzz became friends when they had to find their way home after getting stranded at a gas station.
Louis C.K. provided the voice for the main character, Max. Other voice talents include Eric Stonestreet (Duke), Kevin Hart (Snowball), Jenny Slate (Gidget), Ellie Kemper (Katie), Albert Brooks (Tiberius), Lake Bell (Chloe), Dana Carvey (Pops), Hannibal Buress (Buddy), Bobby Moynihan (Mel), Chris Renaud (Norman), Steve Coogan (Ozone / Reginald), Michael Beattie (Tattoo), Sandra Echeverría (Maria), and Jaime Camil (Fernando). The Secret Life of Pets was directed by Chris Renaud and Yarrow Cheney.
The Secret Life of Pets Special Features
- How to Make an Animated Film (Blu-ray only)
A behind-the-scenes look at how to make an animated film from the various departments that make up Illumination
- Anatomy of a Scene (Blu-ray only)
Filmmakers and animators take us through the multi-step process it takes to create a specific scene in the Secret Life of Pets
- Mini-Movies: Norman Television, Weenie, Mower Minions
- All About The Pets
Kevin Hart and Eric Stonestreet, with the help of animal trainer Molly Mignon O’Neill take you on an educational journey to learn more about your average and not-so average, household pets
- Animals Can Talk: Meet The Actors
The comedy superstars who give voice to the film’s menagerie of characters talk about their roles and the process of bringing them to life
- Hairstylist To The Dogs
Inspired by “Hairspray Live!,” Eric Stonestreet, with the help of a professional dog groomer Jess Rona, will take you through the basic steps to help your pups look as awesome as possible when they’re hanging out with their pet pals
- The Best Of Snowball
A rapid-fire, fun and oddly musical mash-up of all the best Snowball one-liners
- Hot Dog Sing-Along
Join Max and Duke as they perform for their dinner in the sausage factory. This straightforward sing along is fun for the whole family to enjoy.
- Sing Trailer
- “Lovely Day” Lyric Video
- The Humans that Brought You Pets
Producers Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy, directors Chris Renaud and Yarrow Cheney, and writer Brian Lynch discuss what went into creating The Secret Life of Pet’s compelling characters and non-stop action
- GoPro: The Secret Life of Pets
- The Making of the Mini-Movies
A fun and interesting take on the Making of the Mini-Movies — the themes of each of the mini-movies will be explored through the eyes of the artists who made them
Pets Ride Free
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (UPHE) and Amtrak have teamed up for Pets Ride Free, which is a first of its kind promotion. Pets Ride Free allows pets to ride at no additional cost on participating Amtrak routes from December 9 through March 31, 2017. To take advantage of the promotion, trips have to be booked December 6 through December 11, 2016 or while supplies last. Information on the “Pets Ride Free” offer is available at Amtrak.com/secretlifeofpets, at select ticket counters and stations, and on trains, including AmtrakConnect Wi-Fi portals. In addition, a limited number The Secret Life of Pets prizes will be available to customers at select stations. The program will be supported in 40 Amtrak markets nationwide including New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Minneapolis, San Francisco, Oakland, Dallas, Baltimore, Cleveland, Portland, Seattle, St. Louis, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, Orlando, Miami, Jacksonville, Charleston and others.
The Secret Life of Pets Synopsis
In their fifth fully animated feature-film collaboration, Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures present The Secret Life of Pets, a comedy about the lives our pets lead when we leave for work or school. Max, voiced by Louis C.K., is a loyal terrier living a perfectly happy existence until his owner, Katie (Ellie Kemper) brings home Duke (Eric Stonestreet) a big, boisterous mutt she finds at the shelter. When Max and his unruly new “roommate” slip away from their dog-walker, they find themselves lost in the urban jungle of New York City. In an attempt to stay ahead of animal control and a rebel band of abandoned pets led by an unhinged bunny named Snowball (Kevin Hart), they put aside their differences to survive the epic journey back home.
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