The Secret Life of Pets 2 is the highly anticipated sequel to the 2016 comedic blockbuster that had the biggest opening weekend ever for an original film, animated or otherwise.
The Secret Life of Pets 2 further explores the emotional lives of the pets, the friendships amongst them and gives us a sneak peek inside the lives of pets when their pet owners are not at home. Terrier Max (Patton Oswalt) is coping with some major life changes. His owner (Ellie Kemper) is now married and has a toddler, Liam. Max is so worried about protecting the boy that he develops a nervous tic. On a family trip to a farm, Max and mutt Duke (Eric Stonestreet), his adopted brother and friend, encounter canine-intolerant cows, hostile foxes, and a terrifying turkey, all of which only elevates Max’s anxiety.
Luckily, Max gets some guidance from gruff farm dog Rooster (Harrison Ford), making his animated-film debut), who pushes Max to ditch his neuroses, find his inner alpha and give Liam a little more freedom. Meanwhile, cat Chloe (Lake Bell) has discovered the joys of catnip, and plucky Pomeranian Gidget (Jenny Slate) accidentally loses Max’s favorite toy and needs to launch a claw-defying rescue to retrieve it from a cat-packed apartment. With a little help from Chloe (Lake Bell), Gidget studies the mysterious ways of the feline so she can infiltrate their lair and save Busy Bee.
And crazy-but-cute bunny Snowball (Kevin Hart) develops some serious delusions of grandeur that he’s an actual superhero after his owner Molly starts dressing him in superhero pajamas. But when Daisy (Tiffany Haddish), a fearless Shih Tzu, shows up to ask for Snowball’s help on a dangerous mission, he’ll have to summon the courage to become the hero he’s only been pretending to be.
The film also stars Nick Kroll as sinister circus owner Sergei, Dana Carvey as basset hound Pops, Chris Renaud as guinea pig Norman, Hannibal Buress as dachshund Buddy and Bobby Moynihan as pug Mel.
The Secret Life of Pets 2 is produced by Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and collaborator Janet Healy. The executive producer is Brett Hoffman and the music for the film is by Alexandre Desplat.
Pets 2 is directed by Chris Renaud and co-produced by Jonathan del Val. Brian Lynch returns as the screenwriter. Check out the interviews with the cast and the director below.
The Secret Life of Pets 2 premieres on June 7th nationwide.
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