Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures have released a second trailer for their fifth animated feature collaboration, The Secret Life of Pets, due out July 8. The preview whisks you around the Big City, from dank alleys full of sinister street cats to the tops of skyscraper scaffolding, and gives a much fuller sense of the animal characters (who are anything but domestic).
“What do our pets do while we’re out all day?” is the core concept of the film, which centers on happy house-dog Max, whose ideal life in a city apartment with his doting owner is turned upside down when she brings home a big, shaggy, ill-mannered rescue dog. Things go even more haywire when the pair go missing in the big city, and their neighbor pets set out on a parallel madcap quest to find them as they struggle to return home.
Comedy superstars Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet and Kevin Hart make their animated feature-film debuts in The Secret Life of Pets, which co-stars Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Jenny Slate, Bobby Moynihan, Hannibal Buress and Albert Brooks. Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and his longtime collaborator Janet Healy produce the film directed by Chris Renaud (Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2), co-directed by Yarrow Cheney and written by Brian Lynch and Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio.