Getting a glimpse into what our pets are doing when we aren’t home and the secret lives they lead is a dream every pet owner shares. One of the greatest joys of having a pet is the unconditional love and happiness they bring to our lives and the excitement we bring to theirs every time we walk in the door. It is no secret to any pet owner the different personalities each of our pets have, which makes thinking about their secret lives so much fun. Universal and Illumination Entertainment, the team behind ‘Minions’ and ‘Despicable Me’, have come together to bring us ‘The Secret Life Of Pets’ a look into what our pets are really up to while we’re at work. Here are 7 fun facts from ‘The Secret Life Of Pets.’
With the success of Disney and the short films they place in front of their animated features, Universal and Illumination Entertainment have followed suit and placed a never-before-seen short with our favorite little yellow friends. Get ready for “Mower Minions.” This marks the first time ever that Illumination has released a short theatrically.
The top dog in the building is Max (Louis CK), a rescued terrier mix, who believes he has the perfect life with his owner Katie. Every day when Katie leaves for work he waits by the door for her to return, checking in with all his friends through the windows of his apartment. For years it’s been just the two of them, doing almost everything together, but his life is about to change when Katie brings home a new rescue named Duke (Eric Stonestreet). Max is not too excited about his new giant, messy, mongrel “brother” and tries to figure out a way to get rid of him, Duke desperate not to go back to the pound takes Max to the streets, escaping from their dogwalker.
The Flushed Pets
Abandoned by their owners the Flushed Pets, led by an adorable, fluffy, yet extremely insane bunny named Snowball (Kevin Hart), have banned together to turn the tables on humanity. A motley crew, full of animals of all kind including a pot-bellied pig named Tattoo (Michael Beattie) who was used for practice at a tattoo parlor until they ran out of room, live their lives in the sewers plotting their revenge on their former owners.
Chris Meledandri, the founder and CEO of Illumination Entertainment, found inspiration for “The Secret Life Of Pets” from the cat, bird and dogs he grew up with. As he became a parent he realized how much emotion we invested in our pets lives, thinking about the joy on their faces when we come home, thinking about the naughty things they did and how we would literally ask our pets what they were doing while we were gone. Realizing he wasn’t alone in this, he brought the idea to his team who all agreed and were excited to bring the concept of our pets secret lives without us to the big screen. Each member of the team was able to bring their individual experiences of their pets into the film.
The Pampered Pets
Meet Max’s neighborhood pack, full of all types of pampered pets, who band together when they realize their friend has gone missing. Chloe (Lake Bell) is a fat gray cat that is obsessed with food, can’t be bothered unless you have some and gets annoyed rather quickly. Gidget (Jenny Slate) the pomeranian, Max’s neighbor across the way, is a white ball of fluff with a big personality and an even bigger crush on Max. Buddy (Hannibal Buress) the dachshund has a talent for making appliances work for him and is as sarcastic as they come. The fearless Sweetpea is an adorable little bird who loves visiting friends when they aren’t trying to eat her. Norman (Chris Renaud) the guinea pig is oblivious to everything and always searching for his home through the buildings vents. Mel (Bobby Moynihan ) is a dopey and excitable pug who is a lady killer on the inside. Tiberius (Albert Brooks) is a lonely hawk who has to remind himself that his friends are not his food. Pops (Dana Carvey) is an old basset hound who has no use of his back legs and is in a doggy wheelchair, but that doesn’t stop him from knowing the city like the back of his paws or helping his friends find Max before their owners come home.
The Secret To Making ‘The Secret Life Of Pets’
Writer Cinco Paul shared the secret to what drives their process when working on a new film especially one filled with so many amazing characters and wanting viewers to feel like they are watching their own pets on the big screen.
“The key to an Illumination film is lots of laughs and lots of heart. We want people to laugh as much as they possibly can, but we also want to make them cry a bit at the end as well.”
When The Cats Away The Mouse Will Play
‘The Secret Life If Pets’ is set in an apartment building in New York, this gave the writers and filmmakers access to a lot of different kinds of pets. The idea behind the film is what happens when their owners leave for work every day, and when the owners are away, the pets will play, it’s party time! The pets in the building hang out, gossip, raid the fridge, drink out of toilets and do everything they would never do when their owners are home.
A salute to how much all of us love our pets and a fun inside look into what our pets do when we are away, ‘The Secret Life Of Pets’ opens up in theatres and Real D 3D everywhere on July 8, 2016. If you want your pet to get in on the action, you can make your pet look just like one from the film as a bitmoji at mypetmoji.com.
See you at the movies,
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