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)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    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.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

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

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

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

  • LANGUAGE:

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

  • THEMES:

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

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    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.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    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.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    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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