The Secret Life of Pets: A Review

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Ever wonder what your pets do when you’re not home? It’s a simple concept, but a thoroughly entertaining one. Yes, it may be a ‘Toy Story’ with dogs, but Toy Story is one of the greatest films of all time, so it’s not a bad film to emulate! The similarities are clear – there is the old favourite and the upstart who (spoiler alert) reconcile their differences in an arduous journey home. The supporting squad is made up of a diverse and funny list of characters, including my favourite children’s movie love interest in years, and a sausage dog almost identical to the one in a certain Pixar classic. The script is witty and the plot is fast-paced, full of gags that almost always deliver. The animation is a clear strength, bringing New York to life with all its glorious vibrancy (and its grimy underbelly). The pets, too, are brilliantly portrayed. Credit must go to the collection of actors behind the voices, nearly all of whom are talented comedians – a fact which shines through constantly. There are also moral lessons, of course, teaching us to cherish and respect our pets. Yet these truths don’t overwhelm what is a thoroughly enjoyable and light-hearted piece of entertainment. So what do pets get up to when we’re away? Apparently quite a lot!

 

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