It took the Walt Disney Company only five years after its first fully animated feature film to release what they dubbed a “package” film: a series of shorts strung together to feature length. In Disney’s case, package films were a necessity to ensure that they could make money during the war-torn 1940s. For Illumination Entertainment, the animation unit based in France that’s responsible for such feature-length mediocrities as Despicable Me and Sing, it took them nearly a decade to make their first package film.
And here, too, necessity no doubt drove Illumination to make its first package effort, because if they couldn’t make a franchise outside of the Minion-verse, then they’d have no film this year. Don’t let the title fool you. Yes, The Secret Life of Pets 2 is a sequel to the 2016 hit, but this new picture is three mostly separate stories that could just as easily function as episodes of a TV show as they do as pieces of an aggressively inconsequential feature film.
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Sometimes pets need therapy too. That’s what the official The Secret Life of Pets 2 trailer is about, which comes on the heels of about 352 character trailers that spotlighted every. Single. Pet. And as much as we can’t get enough of adorable dogs and cats in real life, animated pets just don’t have the same shine. But maybe the official The Secret Life of Pets 2 trailer will turn you around on them.
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NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke announced that a Secret Life of Pets ride was in development before the first movie even hit theaters, but years later, the news is finally official. The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash! is opening at Universal Studios Hollywood in 2020, and you can find out what’s in store below. Read More »
Universal and Illumination Entertainment have released at least 57 trailers for this summer’s sequel The Secret Life of Pets 2. In addition to the traditional teaser trailer, there have been character-centric teases featuring Chloe the Cat, the superhero bunny Snowball, and the new character Daisy. Now it’s Jenny Slate as the poodle Gidget taking the spotlight in a new Secret Life of Pets 2 trailer, and she’s learning how to act like a cat for some reason. Read More »
Illumination continues releasing a slew of character trailers highlighting the various beloved pets of The Secret Life of Pets 2. The latest The Secret Life of Pets 2 trailer gives the spotlight to Snowball, the reformed former gang leader of “The Flushed Pets” who now enjoys a cozy life with a young owner.
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Illumination has released a new The Secret Life of Pets 2 trailer, the second of what seems to be a series of trailers spotlighting each individual pet. This week: Chloe the cat.
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Are you ready for more goofy pet antics? Illumination Entertainment certainly hopes so, because The Secret Life of Pets 2 is coming next summer. The first movie became an animation juggernaut, pulling in over $875 million worldwide, but will the sequel fare as well?
Check out the first trailer below, in which Patton Oswalt replaces original star Louis C.K. and leads a cast that includes returning members Jenny Slate, Kevin Hart, and Eric Stonestreet and new additions like Tiffany Haddish, Nick Kroll, and Pete Holmes.
Oh yeah, and freakin’ Harrison Ford is in this movie too, marking the first time he’s ever lent his voice to an animated feature film. Read More »
The Secret Life of Pets was a runaway family film hit at the box office after pulling in $368.3 million at the domestic box office and $875.4 million worldwide. Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment were so happy with the results that they quickly ordered a sequel to arrive in the summer of 2019. But in light of recent events, that sequel will be missing one of the original film’s voice stars.
Louis C.K. has been removed as one of the voice stars of The Secret Life of Pets 2 following his admission to committing several acts of sexual misconduct throughout his career. The comedian played Max, the Jack Russell Terrier who got caught up in a series of misadventures in New York City along with his unwelcome new mutt companion Duke (Eric Stonestreet), but he will now be replaced with another actor. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, January 26th, 2017 by Angie Han
You knew this was coming: Sing, Illumination’s “American Idol, but with animals” movie, is getting a sequel. Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment have just set the follow-up for Christmas 2020, putting it in the same slot that did so well for the first Sing.
Meanwhile, The Secret Life of Pets 2 is getting pushed back a year to 2018, and Minions 2 is moving up just a tiny bit. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, January 10th, 2017 by Angie Han
One of the big surprises of this awards season so far has been Deadpool‘s emergence as the scrappy little superhero movie that could. While its Golden Globe nomination wasn’t entirely unexpected, its Writers Guild nomination raised a few eyebrows. And now the Merc’s managed to wrangle himself a Producers Guild nomination as well.
Otherwise, it’s business as usual for the PGA nominations, which also went to favorites like La La Land and Moonlight. See the full list of 2017 PGA nominations below. Read More »