There’s something very wrong with Max the dog. Tricked into going to the vet by his owner, he has to sit in the waiting room with all the other messed-up pets to find out what’s wrong. Maybe it’s the fact that he now sounds suspiciously like Patton Oswalt instead of disgraced comedian Louis CK.
Averting a PR catastrophe, Illumination have brought Max back with a completely child-friendly new bark for The Secret Life Of Pets 2 – a sequel to their 2016 animated hit.
The first film saw Max the Jack Russell team up with Chloe the tabby cat (Lake Bell), Mel the pug (Bobby Moynihan), Buddy the dachshund (Hannibal Buress), Duke the mongrel (Eric Stonestreet), and Gidget the Pomeranian (Jenny Slate) to take down a gang of sewer-dwelling strays led by Kevin Hart’s flushed rabbit, Snowball.
Everyone is coming back for the sequel (apart from Louis CK, for obvious reasons) and the first trailer gives us a glimpse of what to expect as the gang reunite to take down a villainous animal-abusing vet – but unfortunately there’s no sign yet of Harrison Ford’s baddie, Dr Francis.
Director Chis Renaud and writer Brian Lynch are both returning, and the film is headed for a June 2019 release date.