Max, (Louis C.K.), is a loyal terrier living a perfectly happy existence until his owner, Katie (Ellie Kemper) brings home Duke (Eric Stonestreet) a big, boisterous mutt she finds at the shelter. When Max and his unruly new “roommate” slip away from their dog-walker, they find themselves lost in the urban jungle of New York City. In an attempt to stay ahead of animal control and a rebel band of abandoned pets led by an unhinged bunny named Snowball (Kevin Hart), they put aside their differences to survive the epic journey back home.
This is one of the few movies in a very long time that was on my “Highly Anticipated” list. It’s not everyday that an animated film gets pretty high on that list. The film is cute, funny and highly entertaining the entire way through with each pets’ personality being so unique. That added a lot to the appeal of it as each animal shined as they clashed and blended with one another. The plot to the film seemed oddly familiar as I watched it but I couldn’t necessarily put my finger on it then after it was all over it hit me. The story was extremely similar to that of Toy Story. You have a dog that gains a rival for Katie’s attention and when they end up getting lost their main mission is to make their way back home to their owner. Doesn’t that sound a lot like Buzz and Woody’s adventure? Either way it was still really fun to watch and if you have kids then they’ll definitely love the cute animals and their silliness…especially Kevin Hart and his maniacal bunny “Snowball”. This a movie that is a must buy especially during the holiday season. 7/10
Animated films look fantastic in 4K and this one was no different. All the colors were substantially more vibrant and crisp and all the textures on each animal were impressive. As far as a comparison to the 1080p version there wasn’t a huge step up but it was noticeable. 4K has its lovers and haters at times but I do feel like it has its improvements either way and the HDR really is the icing on the cake. If I have the choice to watch it any way then this would be my first pick.
How to Make an Animated Film – A nice look at what the creative process is like when making an animated movie.
Anatomy of a Scene – A small feature discussing how they go about creating a certain scene.
The Best of Snowball – Some of the funniest moments that involve Kevin Hart’s evil bunny character.
All About the Pets – Animal Trainer Molly O’Neill and actor Eric Stonestreet and Kevin Hart get some first hand experience with some animals.
The Humans That Brought You Pets – A really interesting interview with Producers Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy, Directors Yarrow Cheney and Chris Renaud, and Writer Brian Lynch.
“Lovely Day” Lyric Video – A cool montage music video.
Animals Can Talk: Meet the Actors – Interviews with the cast as well as snippets of them during recording sessions.
Hairstylist to the Dogs – Grooming tips from Stylist Jess Rona featuring Eric Stonestreet.
Hot Dog Sing-Along – A musical number in a land full of Hot Dogs….lol.
Fandango Brian the Minion on Pets – The Minions watch the movie just like a Mystery Science Theater episode. Funny stuff.
Mini-Movies – Three mini movies that are short but sweet…..and funny.
The Making Of The Mini Movies – A cool “Making Of” about how the shorts came together.