Pet parents love to spill their guts to their furry friends, because there is no fear or judgement and they're great listeners. Flip the perspective over to the adorable pets and there's no limit to what could be going on in their heads. 2016's The Secret Life of Pets explored what shenanigans your household animals could be up to when you leave them at home. The first look at the upcoming sequel checks back in with Max, the terrier, as he unwillingly pays a visit to the vet. Check it out:
Sometimes it's ruff to be a pup! The first trailer for The Secret Life of Pets 2 from Illumination is a hilarious sneak peek of what's in store for Max, as the story seems to have him facing a vet specializing in behavioral disorders. While in the waiting room, the terrier talks with a cute cat who tries to assure him about the coming appointment, before going off the rails a bit in front of him. The rest of the clip has various pets in the surrounding area revealing their thoughts. A hamster finding crisis in the fact that he keeps running in his wheel and it takes him nowhere, a dog wondering if he's really a good boy and a pair of creepy cats who start fires.
This bunch of hilariously unstable animals is a clever introduction to the sequel, and reminds audiences why its original film had so many moviegoers were eager to go see it in summer 2016. The Secret Life of Pets snatched $368 million domestically and became the highest earning film for Illumination to date. So it's no surprise a sequel was announced just a few months after the first movie's release. The premise is a crowd-pleasing one that many pet parents can relate to and is comparable to the draw of the Toy Story movies.
The first trailer is the perfect introduction for the sequel, and it looks like it's the first of many. This trailer is titled the "Max" trailer and announces at the end to "look out for more character trailers". In anticipation for The Secret Life of Pets 2 we may get to check in other main characters such as Duke the brown mutt (Eric Stonestreet), the hilarious white rabbit named Snowball, played by Kevin Hart or Lake Bell's Chloe the level-headed tabby cat.
While much of the main ensemble cast also including Jenny Slate, Hannibal Buress and Nick Kroll are expected to lend their voices to the sequel, the voice of Max was recast. In The Secret Life of Pets, the terrier was voiced by Louis C.K., but in light of the sexual allegations he was accused of, Illumination "terminated their relationship" with him and Patton Oswalt is reprising the role instead. Other new actors joining the cast are Harrison Ford, which will mark the actor's first animated feature and Tiffany Haddish, who will also soon lend her talents to The Lego Movie 2.
The Secret Life of Pets 2 comes to theaters on June 7, 2019. Before the exciting release, Illumination Entertainment is gearing up for an animated remake of The Grinch, bringing holiday spirit to you this Friday, November 9.