Tuesday, July 12, 2016

The Secret Life of Pets Movie Review Plus Toys

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Rating: 3 out of 5

Ever wonder what your pets do while you are away?!? This film explores the answer to this question. From the creators of Despicable Me, The Secret Life of Pets opens in theaters July 8, 2016.

The Secret Life of Pets is an animated buddy comedy adventure following the story of a New York City dog Max (Louis C.K.), who has it good with his human Katie (Ellie Kemper) until she brings home a big, shaggy rescue dog, Duke (Eric Stonestreet). Their jealous rivalry leads to a disastrous encounter that leaves them collar-less and in the company of a gang of stray animals, led by maniacal rabbit Snowball (Kevin Hart), who plan to take down humans.

This movie is cute and will appeal to most kids. There are some parts to be aware of like life and death scenarios and a bit of violence too: slapfights and brawls. Nothing I don't believe the school-aged children cannot handle.

I was afraid that the over abundance of trailers had already shared all of the funny parts in the film, but I was wrong...there are still a few more there. And the film did have some twists and turns that I didn't expect. Everyone will be able to find a favorite character from the film. Gidget was my niece and I's favorite! If you are a pet lover this is a must-see. It is fairly entertaining and quite funny at times. I am sure you will find your pets personality in these vivid animated characters.

In the area these pets reside, they all are friends...from birds to dogs these pets get along. They talk and interact with each other. On the flipside there are those street pets: stray cats, an "abandoned" bunny, etc...that stand for the revolution of pets not having owners. The story line leads to these animals crossing paths and raises the moral that pets just want to be loved and belong.

The animation is great and similar to Minions. Kevin Hart voicing the small bunny (Snowball) was hilarious. The downsides for me was that there was too many stories going on. I wish that they would have focused on 1 or even 2. It felt like they overreached by trying to pack it all in one film. It bounced from one story to the next and it just didn't flow in my opinion. Some of the characters just didn't fit and they could have done without them. None of this will matter to the kids, so moms plan on bringing them on discount day*. You can forego the 3D, it isn't necessary.

Buy your tickets here!

My conclusion was the reminder that there are so many animals in shelters, if you are a pet lover consider adoption. On our screening night we sat next to two representatives from the Nevada SPCA. They told us all about the animals at the shelter from pigs to dogs. Visit their website for more information.

~Reviewed by Jackie Landy~

Lastly, I should point out that McDonald's has Secret Life of Pets tiny plushes as their happy meal toys currently. As I complain about the amount of plushes my boys...yes boys...have, I find myself still overpaying for them at stores or arcades. This was an easy and inexpensive way for them to bring something to movies and embrace the pets! There are 10 pets characters available and remember you can always buy an additional toy for a cost. Through the McDonalds McPlay you can scan your toy and unlock a game. They also have some fun activity pages available online.

Of course you can also browse the pluthera of toys available at Target, Walmart, Toys R Us or Amazon for The Secret Life of Pets.

*Discount Days are available at Regal area theaters on Tuesdays for $6.10. This coincides with 50% off popcorn, $2 hot dogs and $3 nachos at Regal concessions for Regal Club Members only. Also, Cinemark area theaters for $5.25. Also, make sure you are signed up for your weekly concessions coupon.

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