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Review: Secret Life of Pets 2

Secret Life of Pets 2 is yet another winner for Chris Meledandri and his team at Illumination Entertainment. Relationships are not only core to his animations, but to the people he chooses to work with on his productions. As a result, every film possesses multi-layered messages which are guaranteed to enthrall every member of the family.

Pets are intrinsic to family life, at least that’s what I believe. Not only do they provide companionship and protection, but from an early age inculcate a sense of responsibility in a child as well as stimulate the imagination. It’s no surprise then that the lovable characters introduced in the Secret Life of Pets (2016) return for yet another series of adventures.

Lifestyle changes

This time around, Max (the Jack Russell) encounters more than one lifestyle change: the introduction of a baby into the household and the emotions evoked; evolving responsibilities resulting in psychiatric strain manifesting as an ‘itch’; and, ultimately learning the lesson that it’s mind over matter to overcome one’s fears. Wow! Quite a host of issues which are but some of the topics encapsulated in this fabulous animation.

The entire team of adorable animal characters return with ‘team’ being the operational word. Communicating using ‘baby transmitters’ as walkie-talkies, they assist each other whenever the need arises. Yes, indeed ‘Secret Life of Pets 2’ is a journey of the imagination which will keep the younger members of the audience enrapt and older members in stitches of laughter.

Can you just imagine a dog being taught to behave like a cat; a hamster racing through the traffic on a toy motorcycle; and, the rescue of doe-eyed tiger from an evil circus trainer as well as a lamb from the branch of a tree teetering off a sheer cliff? These are but some of the adventures that abound in this 2019 sequel which has reunited Max, Duke, Gidget, Chloe and Snowball with their fans.

‘Secret Life of Pets 2’ is an absolute MUST SEE!


Starring the voices of: Kevin Hart, Harrison Ford, Tiffany Haddish, Patton Oswalt, Eric Stonestreet, Jenny Slate, Lake Bell, Hannibal Buress, Nick Kroll, Dana Carvey, Ellie Kemper, Pete Holmes, Garth Jennings, Bobby Moynihan, Chris Renaud

Production and direction

Director: Chris Renaud / Writer: Brian Lynch / Producers: Chris Meledandri, Janet Healy

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