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The Secret Life of Pets 2 is a 2019 American 3D computer animated comedy film produced by Illumination, directed by Chris Renaud, co-directed by Jonathan del Val, and written by Brian Lynch. It is the sequel to The Secret Life of Pets (2016) and the second feature film in the franchise. The film features the voices of Patton Oswalt (who replaces Louis C.K.), Kevin Hart, Eric Stonestreet, Jenny Slate, Tiffany Haddish, Lake Bell, Nick Kroll, Dana Carvey, Ellie Kemper, Chris Renaud, Hannibal Buress, Bobby Moynihan and Harrison Ford.

The Secret Life of Pets 2
The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) Final Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byChris Renaud
Produced by
Written byBrian Lynch
Starring
Music byAlexandre Desplat[1]
Edited byTiffany Hillkurtz
Production
companies
Distributed byUniversal Pictures[2]
Release date
  • May 24, 2019 (2019-05-24) (United Kingdom)
  • June 7, 2019 (2019-06-07) (United States)
Running time
86 minutes[3]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$80 million[4]
Box office$428.1 million[4][5]

The film was theatrically released in the United States on June 7, 2019, by Universal Pictures. It received mixed reviews from critics and has grossed over $428 million worldwide.[4]

PlotEdit

Sometime after the events of the first film, Max and Duke's owner, Katie, gets married to a guy named Chuck and has a son, Liam, whom Max disapproves of at first due to his rough play but eventually softens up to him. Later, Max's overprotective feelings for Liam develop into an itch which prompts Katie to get him a dog cone from the veterinarian in an effort to lower his symptoms. Max's luck changes when Duke reveals that the family is going on a road trip outside of the city.

When Max and Duke's family reaches a farm owned by Chuck's uncle, Max grows unaccustomed to the farm's ways, including local sheepdog Rooster. After an incident with the farm's sheep, Rooster takes Max out to find one of the missing sheep that ran away. Rooster's teaching and encouragement to Max about acting unafraid prompts Max to successfully retrieve the sheep. Rooster allows Max to stay with him overnight as a result. Before departure, Rooster also gives Max one of his handkerchiefs as a souvenir.

Before Max left, he had entrusted his favorite toy, Busy Bee, to Gidget. Unfortunately, Gidget loses Busy Bee in a cat-infested apartment owned by a cat lady. She receives cat lessons from Chloe, Mel, Buddy, and Sweet Pea in order to sneak in the apartment easier. With the help of Norman, she successfully retrieves Busy Bee and unintentionally gets hailed as the "queen of cats".

Meanwhile, Chloe and Snowball meet Shih Tzu Daisy, who explains that she needs Snowball, who dreams of being a superhero, to assist her with rescuing a White tiger cub named Hu. While on flight back to the city, Daisy encountered him being held captive by an abusive circus owner named Sergei. Daisy and Snowball sneak in and find the circus Hu is in. With much difficulty from Sergei's black wolves, they free Hu from the circus. However, in the heat of the escape, Daisy accidentally drops her flower clip, which the wolves use to track her down.

She and Snowball take him to Pops' apartment first. Pops reluctantly lets Hu live there at first, but due to his destruction of the apartment afterwards, Hu is kicked out and relocated in Max and Duke's apartment. Around the same time, the family returns from the trip. Sergei and his wolves track Daisy down and capture both Hu and Daisy. Sergei escapes in his train moving for the circus in which Snowball, Max, and Norman pursue while contacting Gidget for assistance in the chase. Gidget and the cats take their owner off in her car, in pursuit of the train.

Max and Snowball defeat the wolves and Sergei's pet monkey, while freeing Hu and Daisy respectively. Max, using his newfound bravery Rooster gave him, successfully infiltrates the train locomotive Sergei is in. The rest of the animals go and kick him out of the train. But before they are shot by Sergei, Gidget, along with the cat lady, Chloe, Mel, Buddy, Duke, and Sweet Pea knock him out with her car and offers the animals a ride back home. Life resumes normally, with Max and Duke's family saying goodbye to Liam as he enters his first day of preschool while Hu takes up residence in his new home with the cat lady and Snowball becomes New York City's local superhero.

CastEdit

 
Harrison Ford joins the cast as the voice of Rooster.[6]

ProductionEdit

On August 2, 2016, Universal Pictures and Illumination announced a sequel to their 2016 animated film The Secret Life of Pets with director Chris Renaud and writer Brian Lynch returning,[10] and Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy producing.[11] The Oatmeal writer Matthew Inman worked on the film as a creative consultant.[12]

In November 2017, it was announced that Louis C.K. would not reprise his role as Max after being accused of and later admitting to sexual misconduct with a number of women.[13] In April 2018, it was announced that Patton Oswalt would replace C.K. as Max while Hart, Stonestreet, Slate, Kemper, Bell, Carvey, Buress, and Moynihan would reprise their roles. Additional casting includes Tiffany Haddish, Nick Kroll, Harrison Ford and Pete Holmes.[14]

Music and soundtrackEdit

The Secret Life of Pets 2: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by
ReleasedMay 31, 2019 (2019-05-31)
Recorded2019
GenreFilm score
LabelBack Lot Music
ProducerAlexandre Desplat
Alexandre Desplat soundtrack chronology
Kursk
(2018)
The Secret Life of Pets 2: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
(2019)
Little Women
(2019)

Alexandre Desplat, who composed the score of the first film, returned for the sequel.[1] The soundtrack was released by Back Lot Music on May 31, 2019.[15]

All music composed by Alexandre Desplat, except where noted.

No.TitleMusicLength
1."It's Gonna Be a Lovely Day (Secret Life of Pets 2)" (feat. Aniné)LunchMoney Lewis3:51
2."Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard"Jack Antonoff2:47
3."It's Snowtime, Baby!" 2:19
4."Max's Busy Bee" 3:38
5."Children's Heroes" 2:15
6."Road Trip" 1:05
7."Gidget's Dream" 2:29
8."Snowball's Workout" 1:50
9."Daisy's Story – Meet Sergei" 2:12
10."The Farm" 2:01
11."Fireflies" 0:49
12."Cat Lessons" 2:22
13."Keeping Liam Safe" 1:07
14."Max's Terrors" 2:23
15."Sergei's Circus" 4:06
16."Gidget's Mission" 2:22
17."Snowball's Swirl" 1:37
18."Sergei" 2:58
19."Herding" 7:05
20."Wolves & Daisy" 1:45
21."Max Finds His Howl" 0:51
22."Inner Rooster" 4:27
23."Goodbye Farm" 0:52
24."Train Chase" 7:21
25."Panda (song)"Kevin Hart0:44

ReleaseEdit

The Secret Life of Pets 2 was released in the United States on June 7, 2019 by Universal Pictures.[16] It was previously set for a July 13, 2018 release,[10] and then July 3, 2019.[11] The film was released in the United Kingdom two weeks earlier on May 24, 2019.[17]

MarketingEdit

Leading up to the movie’s release, a few character trailers were issued, featuring Max, Chloe, Snowball, Daisy, Gidget, and Rooster, respectively. On April 11, 2019 (National Pet Day), the first official full trailer dropped.[18] The final trailer was released on May 16, 2019.[19]

Home mediaEdit

The film was released on Digital on August 13, 2019 and on Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD on August 27, 2019. It includes two mini-movies: Super Gidget, and Minion Scouts.[20]

ReceptionEdit

Box officeEdit

The Secret Life of Pets 2 has grossed $158.3 million in the United States and Canada, and $269.8 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $428.1 million, against a production budget of $80 million.[4][5]

In the United States and Canada, the film was released alongside Dark Phoenix, and was initially projected to gross around $60 million in its opening weekend. The film played in 4,561 theaters, the second-widest release ever at the time.[21] After making $17.4 million on its first day (including $2.2 million from Thursday night previews, down from the first film's $5.3 million), estimates were lowered to $46 million. It went on to debut to $46.7 million, less than half the opening of the first film, but still finishing first at the weekend box office.[22][23] In its second weekend, the film made $24.4 million, finishing second behind newcomer Men in Black: International,[24] and then made $10.3 million in its third weekend, finishing in fifth place.[25]

In the United Kingdom, the film debuted to $4.1 million from 613 theaters on the May 24 weekend.[26] A week later, the film expanded to Russia and added a combined $17.2 million from the two countries.[27]

Critical responseEdit

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 60% based on 149 reviews with an average rating of 5.74/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "The Secret Life of Pets 2 doesn't teach its animated stars any new narrative tricks -- but for fans of the original, this funny, energetic sequel should still satisfy."[28] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 55 out of 100, based on 26 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews."[29] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A–" on an A+ to F scale, the same score as the first film, while those at PostTrak gave it an average 4.5 out of 5 stars.[22]

Courtney Howard of Variety magazine wrote: "It’s unusual for a typical Illumination broad comedy to include a heartrending message that makes parents feel less alone in their very real, visceral struggles. It’s just cloaked in a shenanigans-soaked romp about what pets do when humans aren’t looking."[30] James Berardinelli gave the film 2.5 out of 4 stars but called the film "a perfect example of what can happen when a sequel exists simply because its predecessor made a lot of money". He called it "a disappointingly mediocre effort that doesn’t have a lot to offer potential viewers over age 10" saying it was unfocused and "essentially three separate shorts connected only by the presence of returning characters".[31]

Possible SequelEdit

After the low collection of this film, Illumination Entertaimen will not take more sequels of this franchise.[32]

ReferencesEdit

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