Illumination Casts Louis C.K., Stonestreet, Hart in Pets Pic


Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet and Kevin Hart have signed on to voice the lead characters in Illumination Entertainment’s untitled original animated feature, due in theaters Feb. 12, 2016.

Known at this point as Untitled Pets Movie, the movie is being produced by Illumination CEO Chris Meledandri and his longtime collaborator Janet Healy, according to

Despicable Me’s Chris Renaud will direct, with Yarrow Cheney as co-director, from a script by Despicable Me’s Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio.

The log line for the feature reads:

“The action comedy is set in a Manhattan apartment building. After the two-legged residents head for work and school, their pets gather to start their day, which consists of hanging out, trading humiliating stories about their owners, and helping each other work up adorable looks that will lead to more snacks. The head hound is a quick witted terrier rescue (Louis C.K.), whose position at the epicenter of his master’s universe is suddenly threatened when she comes home with Duke (Stonestreet), a sloppy mongrel with no polish. The two soon find themselves on the mean streets of New York, where they meet the adorable white bunny Snowball (Hart). It turns out that Snowball is the leader of an army of pets that were abandoned and are determined to get back at humanity and every owner-loving pet. The dogs must thwart this plot and make it back in time for dinner.”

The film is the fifth animated feature Illumination has in production. The others are:

  • The Minions, due out July 10, 2015;
  • An unknown and untitled feature due Dec. 21, 2016;
  • Despicable Me 3, due June 30, 2017;
  • And Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas, due Nov. 17, 2017.
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  • The Animation Commendation

    Wow, this looks…umm…I mean….Louis C.K., really? Eric Stonestreet, really?

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  • Aveeva

    Sounds like Toy Story, jealous leader and all.

    • Rye 10Lzz

      Did Toy Story have a bunny leading an army against pet owners? I don’t think so.

  • vIGGl

    Shows potential, it really does.

  • David2Darknus

    Names for the movie could be:
    -Rescue and Duke
    -Pets On the Block
    -Life Is Woof
    -2 Dogz(If they want to appeal to kids who think they are rappers)