The Secret Life of Pets is a new film of Illumination Entertainment, which also produced famous animation films Despicable Me and Minions series. Illumination actively started their business since 2010, threatening the three major animation studios of Hollywood (Disney, DreamWorks, Pixar). Furthermore, in April this year, NBC Universal acquired DreamWorks for $3.8 Billion, which means Illumination and DreamWorks now co-work under one roof. Although Illumination have produced films such as Hop and The Lorax, they weren’t as successful as Despicable Me. So, Illumination needed a new film that is stronger enough to overcome the ‘minion’ animation studio.
The Secret Life of Pets is a film that could most likely break that stereotype. The great amount of efforts of Illumination team are vividly shown in the film. The film captivates the audience with its super-lovely characters and humor. Especially for those minion fans who laugh of every single movement of the minion characters, this film is the perfect film to watch.
The most interesting point of the film is the cute pet characters. The main dog character Max’s voice was recorded by Louis C.K., Duke, who is a big dog and once was an abandoned dog, was recorded by Eric Stonestreet, and gangster rabbit Snowball was recorded by Kevin Hart. The film points out every specific details of even minor characters such as the alligator, hawk, and even turtle. Plus, it shows the different physical appearances and characteristics of various types of dogs, such as the short legs of a dachshund or laziness of bulldog.
The storyline that covers half-a-day happenings of pets is also simply so cute. Instead of an over complicated and large-scale storyline, Illumination chose trivial incidents that go along with the cute images of characters. The film is fresh and innovative enough to be made into a series.
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Translated by Audrey Joung