It was a hot day in New York City. A dear friend wanted to spend time together and have lunch. Before lunch, we caught a late morning showing of THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS. We're both animation fans and dog lovers. An air-conditioned movie theater, an audience full of well-behaved kids and a very entertaining feature. What a fine way to pass the time before lunch. This feature has a few elements similar to the action and motivations we saw in the classic Warner Brothers cartoons from Chuck Jones. It has a manic pace and a few of the subversive kind of sights gags you'd associate with the classic Tex Avery cartoons from MGM in the 1940s. The tough bunny who's the gang leader of rebellious pets is very much an Avery type of cartoon character. Especially when he accidentally poops. The youngsters in our audience absolutely loved his poop scene. That got a huge laugh. The main character is Max, a terrier who has a sweet life living with a young single female in Manhattan.
You do, however, wonder what kind of job that young single female has and where she lives in Manhattan. She's got a great apartment with a fabulous view in a building that lets her have two dogs.
If you have youngsters under the age of 12 and you need some family time at an air-conditioned movie, THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS is a colorful and energetic 90 minute feature that will entertain the little ones and the grown-up dog lovers.