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The Secret Life of Pets, Blu-ray 3D (2016)

Another great family animated film, and in 3D!

The Secret Life of Pets, Blu-ray 3D (2016)

Voice-overs: Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Jenny Slate, Ellie Kemper
Director: Chris Renaud
Producers: Chris Meledandri, Janet Healy
Studio: Universal Studios 61181890 (2 discs) [12/6/16] plus digital HD and Ultraviolet
Video: 1.85:1 for 16:9 screens, color 3D
Audio: English DD 2.0, French DD 5.1
Subtitles: French, Spanish, English SDH
No region coding
Extras: Three mini-movies, All About the Pets, Animals Can Talk: Meet the Actors, Hairstylist to the Dogs, The Best of Snowball, How to Make an Animated Film,  Anatomy of a Scene
Length: 174 min.
Rating: ****

This animated film answers the question of what our pets do when we are not home.  When the owners leave for the day, all sorts of pets from the building get together and gossip with their friends, satisfy their sweet tooths, and throw fantastic parties. When a pampered little dog (played by comedian C.K.) and a new huge brown roommate from the pound (voice of Stonestreet) get themselves lost in the urban jungle of NYC, they learn to put aside their differences in order to survive the epic journey they must make to get back home.

The two dogs are the main characters, but there are a lot of cats, and the fat blueish cat is a kick. There are also tiny birds, a hawk predator who decides to go straight to help them out, some reptiles, a tatooed pig, and a gerbil. A tiny little fuzzy bunny is the leader of an animal revolution, supposedly to kill all the humans who take advantage of their pets. He is mean-voiced by a loud black actor who really has fun with his part, but in the end the little bunny returns to being a good little fuzzy pet and nothing else.

The 3D effects are great fun, especially when the little dog is swung from high up by the marauding cats, and when they run thru the sewers. This sort of thing makes it worthwhile to have the 3D effect. Unfortunate that there are so few good 3D features.

—John Sunier

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