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After smash its opening weekend, it seems as though everyone is eager to learn the secrets of our furry friends in Illumination Entertainment's latest film, The Secret Life of Pets.

The film follows the adventures of Jack Russell terrier, Max (Louis C.K.) whose quiet, comfy life is disrupted when his owner adopts a new dog named Duke (Eric Stonestreet). After the two come across some fierce alley cats, they're picked up by animal control and headed straight for the pound. Luckily, thanks to a crazed bunny named Snowball (Kevin Hart), the pair are able to escape but must work together to get home, with a little help from their friends.

With it's intriguing premise (who doesn't wonder what their pets get up to when they're away!?), and cute characters The Secret Life of Pets is a summer must-see. Not convinced? Check out these 4 pawsitively pawesome fun facts about the film and see if they change your mind:

1. A lot of the characters might sound familiar


That's right, these puppies (and kitties) ain't no first timers in the animation game! A whole bunch of the voice actors in The Secret Life of Pets have voiced other animated characters before:

  • Albert Brooks (Tiberius) has previously voiced Marlin in Finding Nemo and Finding Dory, as well as Russ Cargill in The Simpsons Movie (as well as a whole bunch of other characters in The Simpsons TV series)
  • Lake Bell (Chloe) has previously leant her voice to Mona Lisa in Mr Peabody and Sherman, and to the Patrol Witch in Shrek Forever After. She also voiced Katrina Peanutbutter on Netflix series BoJack Horseman, as well as a number of other series.
  • Jenny Slate's (Gidget) voice also featured in Disney's Zootopia as the character Bellwether. She also voiced Ted's Mom in The Lorax back in 2012, and currently voices the character Tammy in Bob's Burgers. You may also remember her as Marcel from the Marcel the Shell with Shoes On series.
  • Steven Coogan (Ozone/Reginald) will be most familiar to Minions fans, having voices Professor Flux, and Silas in Despicable Me 2.

2. There's a couple of cute nods to our other fave animated films

Minions pop up! [Illumination]
Minions pop up! [Illumination]

A ton of animation studios love to leave nods to previous films in their new releases, and The Secret Life of Pets is no exception! Throughout the movie there's a number of nods to previous Illumination Entertainment flicks.

Minions pops up in the form of a postcard on the fridge at Max's house, and also reappears again when we see that the owner of the guinea pig also has a minions toy on his bedside table. There's also the rather unsubtle reference to the film when a dog actually dresses up as one of our fave little yellow servants of evil to go to a party!

Meanwhile the news reporter from Despicable Me appears on the TV during a scene in the house filled with cats. And lastly there's also a cameo from the gnome who features in the short film Mower Minions, which precedes screenings of The Secret Life of Pets.

3. We caught a glimpse of an upcoming film

The Sing poster [Illumination]
The Sing poster [Illumination]

On the back of a bus featured in the third trailer to be released (the same bus that Snowball and Max hijack) you can clearly see a poster for a film titled Sing. This is an actual upcoming film, due to be released by Illumination Entertainment on December 21st. Sing follows a bunch of animals competing in a singing competition. Check out the trailer below:

4. The animal control guys had a very appropriate number plate

GOTCH2 makes a clever number plate [Illumination]
GOTCH2 makes a clever number plate [Illumination]

Is there any more appropriate number plate for an animal control vehicle other than "GOTCHA2?" We can only assume there's a GOTCHA1 floating out there as well!

The Secret Life of Pets is in cinemas now

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Source: IMDB


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