Directed by: Chris Renaud and Jonathon De Val
Voiced by: Lake Bell,Dana Carvey, Harrison Ford Patton Oswalt
Runs 89 Minutes
Starts June 9th
The first Secret Life movie was enjoyable as we learned what animals get up to when their owners are out.
This sequel opts for a bit of a bit of hotchpotch, jumbling together a few stories that are individually fun, even if they don’t knit together very cleanly.
Max, the highly strung Jack Russell (now voiced by Patton Oswalt ) is stressed by the arrival of a human baby in his family.
A holiday to a farm makes him panic constantly about the child’s safety, but he’s given some lessons in letting go by a gruff old hound voiced by Harrison Ford, surprisingly making his animation debut.
Back at home, Gidget (Jenny Slate) has lost Max’s favourite toy and has to, for complicated reasons, learn to pass as a cat to retrieve it.
In a completely out of nowhere extra plot, hyperactive bunny Snowball (Kevin Hart) gets pulled into a mission to save a snow tiger cub. The animation is again very well done and I liked the way it matched the lightness of the movie.
It’s ballooned in the amount of characters in this follow up Tiffany Haddish is added as a fearless Shih Tzu; an adorable little exposition-spouting creature that is pretty broad but very energetically played.
Just like the first film, there’s not a lot to make it memorable in the overcrowded animation field but it’s very easy to like.
A finale that tries to beef up the films action, doesn’t entirely work and it’s definitely at it best as a sweet and silly and adorable animal movie.
Score 7 out of 10