The Secret Life of Pets (2016) Saturday, 04 July 2020

The Secret Life of Pets (2016)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    G: Very mild sense of threat and some crude humour.

  • The pitch:

    The cat is out of the bag.

  • Starring:

    (voices of): Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Jenny Slate, Ellie Kemper, Albert Brooks, Lake Bell, Dana Carvey, Hannibal Buress, Bobby Moynihan, Chris Renaud, Steve Coogan

  • Directed by:

    Yarrow Cheney, Chris Renaud

  • Running time:

    87 minutes

  • Rated:

    G (Australia), U (UK), PG (USA)


    Characters are pecked, sat on, dragged, thrown through the air, binned, tied up, kicked, punched, pursued, blasted, hunted, tongue-pulled, eaten, neck-grabbed, slapped, crushed (fatal), near-punctured (snake fang), rammed, near-drowned, hit by objects, caged. Characters run into furniture, fall from high ledges, dangle precariously. A character is covered in tattoos. Objects chewed, smashed, bitten, spat out, knocked over. Reckless driving, cars rammed/collided/driven off a bridge/rolled/stolen. A dog wears a studded collar and anti-bite muzzle. Growling, hissing, screaming, yelling, barking, roaring, arguing. Killing owners, poison mentioned. Blood/gore: Animal carcasses/bones seen. A character has holes/damage in its ears. A character has missing limbs. Milky eye, giant fang, bandages, black eyes. Red crayon marks resemble blood.


    Flirting, kiss. Sausages in swimwear. Cat's bum seen. Being fixed (ie neutered) mentioned.


    Characters eat so much they begin to hallucinate. A character recalls swallowing a sedative pill then feeling inebriated (on an airplane).


    Holy schnitzel, heck, poo-poo, ka-ka. Name-calling. Religious exclamations (Oh my God).


    Pets, owners, neighbours, stray animals, rescue animals, dog catchers, New York City, animal cruelty/neglect, missing friends, teamwork, behaviour, obedience, vengeance.


    Dead friend (crushed). Dead friend mentioned/memorialised. Dogs, cats, rabbit, lizards, pig, birds, turtles, snake, fish, guinea pig, squirrels, butterfly, hawk, mice, rats, alligators, frogs, flies, sea monkeys, spiders, ferrets. Thunder, lightning. Licking, bum-scratching, bum-sniffing. Urinating/urine, toilet, drinking toilet water, saliva, spitting, regurgitation, bunny poo. Roast chicken/sausages eaten. Steak minced. Some fast editing. Mid-credits scene.


    Sweet, fun, hilarious, madcap, silly, sprightly, accomplished, exhilarating, energetic, over-the-top, affable, loveable. Original/simple/clever/savvy/stroke-of-genius premise, fresh/likeable characters, veteran voice cast, strong/throwaway visual gags, crisp animation, elaborate set pieces, impressive opening montage, exciting action/chase sequence, breakneck pace, big/bossy/jaunty/playful score.


    Shrill, familiar, formulaic, overstuffed, exhausting, manic, uninventive. Too many characters, loud/loopy/outlandish caper plot, bland voices, generic animation, lacks any emotional payoff.

This feature is preceeded by MOWER MINIONS short film featuring bees, cat, dog, objects knocked over/smashed, theft, hyperventilating, dog poo, explosion, garden gnomes, charaters being hit with objects/singed, a bare bum, false teeth flying from mouth and overeating.

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