Joy DemboReviewed by Joy Dembo, blessed to have a wonderful husband, a grown up  son, a married daughter, a grandson who is the light of my life and 2 fur babies. Recruitment Response Handling Consultant, interview coach, and Freelance Copywriter, vegetarian and animal lover. 

The Secret Life of Pets is the most adorable movie I have seen in a long time!

Ok, so I am the world’s biggest animal lover, especially dogs who are my heart and soul, but even the hardest of hearts will love this movie.  Adults, teens, kids… it’s for everyone!

Soooo….You thought your pets just slept and waited patiently for you to return from work?  Nope, not if the delightful story line in this movie is to be believed 😉

The action takes place in New York City, where countless pets live in high-rise apartment buildings, and centres around Max, a cute little Jack Russel Terrier.  His owner Katie found him in a cardboard box labeled “free puppies”, on the sidewalk in Manhattan.  He was the last pup left and it was love at first sight.

Little does she know that when she leaves for work each day, Max socialises with an adorable assortment of animals from other apartments in the building.  Their antics are priceless and will have you in stitches!

One day Katie, much to Max’s disgust, comes home with a large shaggy mongrel, named Duke. Being the angel she is, Katie had adopted Duke from a shelter, but Max REAAALLLYYYY doesn’t want him there! He is jealous and feels threatened.  He doesn’t want to share Katie with anyone!



Duke eventually has enough of Max’s aloof and ugly attitude towards him and decides to take revenge on him, the result of which leads the two, and Max’s neighbourhood buddies, on an adventure that will keep you glued to the screen till the very end. Animal Control, a gang of alley cats and a white rabbit who leads a band of animals, who have been neglected and abandoned by humans and now live in the sewers, are all part and parcel of the fun!

And when Katie gets home?  She is none the wiser… her two boys are waiting for her and she’s happy to find that they have bonded nicely!  But… after seeing this film, you will know better.

Believe me when I tell you, you HAVE to see this beautiful 3D animated movie.

How else will you know what goes on in the secret life of pets?

The movie is produced by Illumination Entertainment and directed by Chris Renaud and Yarrow Cheney.  The animals are voiced by an impressive cast and the film was released by Universal Pictures.

The show opens countrywide on 30 September and is classified PG V
Note: If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the uniquely detailed free weekly newsletter for parents in Gauteng – Jozikids – or KwaZulu-Natal – Kznkids.

Send this to a friend