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Pets 2 (The Secret Life of Pets 2)
France/Japan/U.S.A. 2019

Opening 27 Jun 2019

Directed by: Chris Renaud, Jonathan del Val
Writing credits: Brian Lynch
Principal actors: Patton Oswalt, Kevin Hart, Harrison Ford, Eric Stonestreet, Jenny Slate

In 2016 director Chris Renaud created the first 3-D, computer-animated, comedy film The Secret Life of Pets. He had so much fun doing it that he found more secrets about pets in order to do a second chapter. This film starts a little bit like Disney’s Lady and the Tramp when Max, the terrier, finds out that his mistress Katie meets Chuck, and they decide to get married and, to make things worse, the couple has a baby. He becomes a neurotic mess when he realizes how much he loves the new child and wants to protect him from everything. His twitching becomes so bad that Katie takes him to a therapist who assures her that all Max needs is fresh air in the countryside. He is a fish out of water until he meets the old hound dog Rooster, who helps him find his self-confidence.

This is one of three stories which include Snowball the super hero rabbit, Gidget the fluffy white dog who needs to learn to act like a cat, and a crazy old lady with a million cats in her apartment. At some point all these characters get completely tangled up over trying to save a rare, white tiger, named Hu, from an evil circus owner. The film is cute for young kids but doesn’t add anything new to the animation scene, so I doubt it will be winning any awards. (Shelly Schoeneshoefer)

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