From the same guys that got us the highly adored ‘Despicable Me’ series, comes another warm film, about pets. Illumination Entertainment has produced a film that one might wonder why wasn’t done before. Of course, all animated films have talking animals and the likes, and while this one is no different, it is a refreshing take, with a focussed angle on pets. Think Toy Story, but based on pets.
Set in Manhattan, the film follows the life of spoilt terrier Max (Louis CK), who is owned by Katie (Ellie Kemper). His friends are fellow pets like Chloe (Lake Bell), Mel (Bobby Moynihan), Buddy (Hannibal Buress), and Sweet Pea (Tara Strong). Max’s comfortable life comes to a halt, when owner Katie adopts a big sloppy dog called Duke (Eric Stonestreet). As you could expect, Max is upset about this, as he isn’t the only loved child anymore.
The ego clashes soon get out of hand when they turn against each other, eventually getting lost in the city of Manhattan. Led by pomeranian Gidget (Jenny Slate), a team sets out to find them. Perhaps owing to the fact that she has a crush on Max, she is adamant on finding him. She is the most adorable fluffball you’ll ever see, with a voice so cute you will want to take her home right away. What follows is an absolute adventure, with the introduction of characters like rabbit Snowball (Kevin Hart), among others. Snowball, with his twisted agendas, is the leader of ‘The Flushed Pets’, an association of all types of abandoned pets, who obviously resent humans.