The Secret Life of Pets 2: 12 Furtastic Facts

1. Illumination is behind The Secret Life of Pets 2

The Secret Life of Pets 2 is the 10th feature film from animation powerhouse Illumination - the talented studio behind the Despicable Me and Minions franchise, Sing and 2018’s The Grinch.

2. This is the only second Illumination franchise to get a sequel

A follow-up to 2016’s The Secret Life of Pets, it’s the studio’s first feature film sequel outside of the hilarious Despicable Me franchise – although Illumination fans can also look forward to follow-ups to Sing (2016) and Minions (2015) in the next couple of years.

3. Illumination's top team are taking the lead

Illumination founder Chris Meledandri, producer Janet Healy and director Chris Renaud – aka the Despicable Me dream team – are once again driving the project, so expect their signature brand of irreverence and playful humour in spades. Hurrah!

4. The Secret Life of Pets 2’s cast is phenomenal

The returning all-star voice cast includes top names from the world of comedy, including Kevin Hart as crazy-but-cute rabbit Snowball, Eric Stonestreet as Newfoundland mutt Duke, Jenny Slate as plucky Pomeranian Gidget, Lake Bell as the brilliantly sarcastic cat Chloe and Ellie Kemper as Max’s owner, Katie.

5. Patton Oswalt is the new voice of Max

In a change to the original line-up, US comedian Patton Oswalt takes on the role of Max (replacing Louis C.K.). Oswalt’s first foray into animation saw him voice Remy,
the cooking-mad protagonist of Pixar’s Ratatouille (2007).

6. Max the terrier has real-life inspiration

A brown and white terrier mix, Max was inspired by Meledandri’s own pet terriers.

7. Snowball the villain is back as a good bunny

Cotton-tailed, buck-toothed bunny Snowball was voted Favourite Villain (as well as Most Wanted Pet!) in the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards 2017. But this time round he’s one of the good guys, and we’re betting he’s just as popular in his new super-incarnation: Captain Snowball.

8. The writer behind The Secret Life of Pets is back

Screenwriter Brian Lynch is once again the wizard behind the words – as well as penning the final script for the first instalment of The Secret Life of Pets, his past credits include smash hits Puss in Boots (DreamWorks, 2011) and Minions (Illumination, 2015).

9. The Film is scored by an Academy award nominee

Also returning to the franchise is award-winning composer Alexandre Desplat, whose love of music for the big screen was inspired by John Williams’ score for Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977). Desplat is no stranger to expertly capturing animated animal capers, with Oscar nominations for Isle Of Dogs (2018) and Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) under his belt.

10. The Secret Life of Pets 2 heads to the countryside

Having more than mastered the tricky task of animating fur and feathers amid a towering New York cityscape in the first film, the Pets 2 team have travelled beyond Manhattan’s borders to sniff out a new challenge: the farmyard. Cue a terrifying turkey, anti-canine cow and grouchy goat.

11. Hilarious Tiffany Haddish is in it

There are some new pets on the block, too – get ready to meet Daisy (played by Tiffany Haddish), a fearless, sassy Shih Tzu who knows what she wants...

12. It’s Harrison Ford’s first animated feature

...and veteran farm dog Rooster, voiced by fittingly seasoned actor Harrison Ford, who makes his first-ever appearance in an animated film. Proof you can teach an old dog new tricks!

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