THE SE­CRET LIFE OF PETS (G)

DI­REC­TOR: YARROW CHENEY, CHRIS RENAUD STAR­RING: LOUIS CK, ERIC STON­ESTREET, KEVIN HART OUR CRITIC CHRIS SILVINI RATES IT

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IT’S THE ques­tion that ev­ery pet owner has asked at some point. What ex­actly do our beloved fur-kids get up to when we’re not at home? Do they sit by the door obe­di­ently wait­ing for us to re­turn from the daily grind? Or do they have an en­tire life of their own, with friend­ship cir­cles, se­cret crushes, favourite hang­outs and arch neme­ses?

Well, if The Se­cret Life of Pets is to be be­lieved, it’s the lat­ter, and the re­sults are chaotic, charm­ing and wildly en­ter­tain­ing.

The cen­tral story re­volves around ter­rier Max, who lives a con­tented life with his owner/soul­mate Katie in their mod­est Man­hat­tan apart­ment, sur­rounded by his furry clan of neigh­bour­hood pals. Max’s world is turned on its head when Katie adopts the gi­ant shaggy stray Duke. The pair take an in­stant dis­lik­ing to each other and so be­gins the bat­tle to be­come top dog.

If the premise sounds a lit­tle fa­mil­iar (*cough* Toy Story), in many ways it is.

But where Se­cret Life shines is in the cast of lov­able char­ac­ters. From Gid­get the feisty, lovesick Pomera­nian, to Snow­ball the adorable (and com­pletely psy­chotic) white bunny, there’s a favourite crit­ter for ev­ery­one – surely a mer­chan­dise sales bo­nanza.

But it’s also full of howl­ing laughs, the mul­ti­ple sto­ry­lines com­bin­ing for a fast­paced, rol­lick­ing ad­ven­ture through (and un­der) New York City – all set to a bang­ing sound­track.

It’s beau­ti­fully an­i­mated, con­sis­tently funny, and will leave you feel­ing warm and fuzzy. A guar­an­teed school hol­i­day win­ner for the young and young at heart.

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