‘The Secret Life of Pets 2’ Official Trailer Has the Pets Finding Courage

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Illumination Entertainment & Universal Pictures have dropped the official trailer for The Secret Life of Pets 2, the follow-up to the 2016 CG-animated hit.

The sequel has the pets facing big new challenges as they’re taken way out of their comfort zones. Terrier Max (now voiced by Patton Oswalt – Louis CK voiced in the first film) develops a nervous tic due to being so worried about protecting his owner’s toddler, Max and Duke (Eric Stonestreet) head on a family trip to a farm were they meet a veteran farm dog (Harrison Ford), Pomeranian Gidget (Jenny Slate) is on a mission to save Max’s toy from an apartment filled with cats, and Snowball (Kevin Hart) thinks himself an actual superhero after his owner stars dressing him in superhero pajamas, among other developments.

The trailer showcases what looks to be a focus on heart with a message of finding inner courage. Looks fun, even if the trailer’s tone isn’t balanced too well with The Killers’ “These Things That I’ve Done” going on as jokes, action, and soulful moments play out. Minor grip. Expect it to be another box office smash; the first film earned over $US875 million worldwide from a budget of $US75 million.

The Secret Life of Pets 2, also featuring voice work from Eric Stonestreet, Lake Bell, Hannibal Buress, Nick Kroll, Dana Carvey, Ellie Kemper, Pete Holmes, Garth Jennings and Bobby Moynihan, will be opening in the US on June 7 and arriving in Australia on June 20.

Universal’s extended synopsis for The Secret Life of Pets 2:

Illumination’s tenth animated feature, The Secret Life of Pets 2, is the highly anticipated sequel to the 2016 comedic blockbuster that had the biggest opening weekend ever for an original film, animated or otherwise.

Packed with Illumination’s signature irreverence and subversive humor, this new chapter explores the emotional lives of our pets, the deep bond between them and the families that love them, and answers the question that has long intrigued every pet owner: What are your pets really doing when you’re not at home?

Terrier Max (Patton Oswalt) is coping with some major life changes. His owner (Ellie Kemper) is now married and has a toddler, Liam. Max is so worried about protecting the boy that he develops a nervous tic. On a family trip to a farm, Max and mutt Duke (Eric Stonestreet) encounter canine-intolerant cows, hostile foxes and a terrifying turkey, all of which only elevates Max’s anxiety. Luckily, Max gets some guidance from veteran farm dog Rooster (Harrison Ford, making his animated-film debut), who pushes Max to ditch his neuroses, find his inner alpha, and give Liam a little more freedom.

Meanwhile, while her owner is away, plucky Pomeranian Gidget (Jenny Slate) tries to rescue Max’s favorite toy from a cat-packed apartment with a little help from her feline friend, Chloe (Lake Bell), who has discovered the joys of catnip.

And crazy-but-cute bunny Snowball (Kevin Hart) gets delusions of grandeur that he’s an actual superhero after his owner Molly starts dressing him in superhero pajamas. But when Daisy (Tiffany Haddish), a fearless Shih Tzu, shows up to ask for Snowball’s help on a dangerous mission, he’ll have to summon the courage to become the hero he’s only been pretending to be.

Can Max, Snowball, Gidget and the rest of the gang find the inner courage to face their biggest fears?

The Secret Life of Pets 2 is produced by Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and his longtime collaborator Janet Healy, the visionary team behind Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch and the Despicable Me and Minions franchise, and is written by returning Pets screenwriter Brian Lynch. The film is directed by returning filmmaker Chris Renaud, who also directed Illumination’s Despicable Me series and Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax.

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