Starring: Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Steve Coogan, Ellie Kemper, Bobby Moynihan, Lake Bell, Dana Carvey, Hannibal Buress, Jenny Slate, Albert Brooks
OUR RATING: ★★★☆☆
Story: Animated comedy directed by Chris Renaud and Yarrow Cheney in which the story takes place in a Manhattan apartment building, when the real day starts after the folks on two legs leave for work and school. The building’s top dog, Max (Louis C.K.), finds his pampered life turned upside down, when his owner brings home a sloppy mongrel named Duke (Eric Stonestreet), a sloppy, massive mess of a mongrel with zero interpersonal skills.
When this reluctant canine duo finds themselves out on the mean streets of New York, they have to set aside their differences and unite against a fluffy-yet-cunning bunny named Snowball (Kevin Hart), who’s building an army of ex-pets called the “Flushed Pets” abandoned by their owners who are out to take revenge on all happy-owned pets and their owners.
Verdict: This is a pretty cute animation, from the way it was advertised it could have been really great, but when you finally get to watch it all you get is a pretty simple, funny but forgettable plot. It’s one of those mindless, predictable but enjoyable animations which will no doubt go down well with the younger audience.REVIEWS
Best Quotes (Total Quotes: 32)
Max: I’m Max and I’m the luckiest dog in New York, because of her.
[we see his human owner Katie]
[Max holds onto Katie’s scarf]
Katie: Come on, Max, I gotta go. See you tonight.
[Max watches Katie leave for the day]
[after Katie has just left to go to work]
Max: Oh, I miss her so much.
[suddenly Katie opens the front door]
Max: She’s back!
Katie: Forgot my phone!
[Katie leaves again and Max looks forlorn]
Max: Oh, I miss her so much.
[after their owners leave for work]
Gidget: Hey, Max.
Max: Hey, Gidget.
Gidget: Any plans today?
Max: Yes. Big, big stuff today, Gidget. I got big plans. I’m gonna sit here and I’m gonna wait for Katie to come back.
Gidget: Oh, that sounds exciting. Well, I won’t interrupt. I’ve got a very busy day too.
[as he hears Katie opening the front door]
Max: She’s back!
Katie: Hey, Maximillian! I have some big news.
[Katie opens the door to reveal her new dog, Duke]
Katie: Max, this is Duke.
[Max looks horrified]
Katie: He’s going to be your brother.
[Duke sloppily licks Max’s face]
[Max goes up to the next apartment to visit Chloe the cat]
Max: Chloe! Chloe! I got a bad situation. Katie brought home a psychopath from the pound! I don’t even have a bed now! I’m sleeping on the floor, like a dog! Why would Katie do this to me?
Chloe: Because she’s a dog person, Max, and dog people do weird, inexplicable things. Like they get dogs instead of cats.
Max: Okay, please don’t start now, Chloe. That is not helping.
Chloe: Max, come on. I’m your friend, okay, and as your friend, I gotta be honest with you. I don’t care about you or your problems.
[we see Max barking like crazy at Katie whilst she’s brushing her teeth]
Max: Duke is just ruining our lives. He’s ruining… ! It’s an emergen …!
[not understanding what Max is barking about Katie just pats him on his head]
Katie: Aah, you little cutey pie.
Duke: This is my apartment now, and my new bed.
[he slumps down on top of Max who’s lying down in his bed]
[after Duke breaks the vase]
Max: Oh, Duke, Katie’s going to be so upset when she sees that… Katie’s going to flip out.
Duke: It’s just one vase.
Max: Is it, Duke? Is it?
[suddenly Max kicks out to break the vase on the coffee table]
Max: Ah, that’s a shame.
[he then starts kicking out the paper on the table as Duke watches in horror]
[referring to Duke]
Gidget: Hi, Max. who’s your new roommate?
Max: He’s gonna be gone soon.
[as they end up in a back alley]
Sphynx Cat: What’s going on here?
Duke: Mind your own business! Oh, my gosh. What happened to you?
[we see him look in horror at the emaciated stray alley cat]
Duke: Aaahhh! Run!
[to the other neighborhood pets]
Gidget: Max is missing! We’ve got to find him.
[she grabs the Sphynx cat that last saw Max and Duke]
Gidget: Where is Max? Tell me!
[she starts slapping the alley cat]
Sphynx Cat: Help me! Ow!
[referring to Tiberius, who’s standing by watching]
Gidget: Don’t look at him, look at me!
[as they are being taken away in an animal rescue truck]
Max: Katie’s going to be worried sick.
Duke: And we had a great thing going. I blame myself.
Max: Yeah, me too. I blame you a lot.
Chloe: Look Max I’m your friend, okay, and as your friend Ive got to be honest with you I don’t care about you or your problems!
Chloe: Katie is a dog person, and dog persons do inexplicable things, like get dogs instead of cats.
Snowball: Look at my plans, it’s all laid out, right here.
[we see a piece of cardboard stuck on the wall with incoherent lines drawn all over it, suddenly Snowball jumps up and stabs into two red pens into it and does an evil laugh]
Pop: That ball of fluff’s got a screw loose.
[two animal rescue men see a cute little bunny, Snowball in the middle of the road, one of the gets out the truck]
Animal Rescue Guy: Hey, you see that? Hey, there, cute little bunny.
[suddenly Snowball attacks the delivery guy, beating him up]
Animal Rescue Guy: Save yourself!
Snowball: Shut it human! Let’s do this now!
Snowball: Rupert! Rupert where are you at?
[he sees a massive bulldog locked up in one of the animal cages]
Snowball: Let’s go! I’m busting you out of here.
[he quickly bites down on his carrot into the shape of a key and frees Rupert]
Snowball: Liberate forever! Domesticated never! Yeah!
Snowball: The revolution has begun! Liberated forever, domesticated never!
[to Max and Duke]
Snowball: I’m gonna bust the both of you out of here, but from now on you work for me.
[returning to his lair full of pets]
Snowball: We have returned from the surface with two new recruits.
[to Max and Duke]
Snowball: Initiating time.
Max: I’m sorry, what time?
[a massive snake looms down over them and flips out his poisonous fang]
Snowball: Who wants to go first?
Snowball: Advantage me!
[he starts laughing hard as he does he suddenly loses control and rabbit droppings come out of him]
Snowball: Oh-Oh. Just ignore what just happened, okay?
[he goes back to laughing as the cat behind him starts to play with one of his droppings]
Hound: This is my city, I’ll find your friend. We gotta take the secret route.
[the pets watch in horror as he suddenly falls down a pipe at the side of the building]
Chloe: Okay, the secret route was death.
Hound: Come on!
Max: [to Duke] We can find our way home. We are descended from the mighty wolf! We’ve raw primal instincts. And our moments away from leading us home.
[as they catch a ride on the fairy]
Duke: Isn’t home that way?
Pop: I’ll find your friend.
Buddy: How you been, old timer?
[there’s a moment of stunned silence]
Snowball: I feel heroic, and a little wet, but I still look good. I look good.
Pops: This is, uh, Puffball, Squashface, Weiner Dog, Yellow Bird, Eagle Eye, Guinea Pig Joe. And of course my girlfriend, Rhonda.
Snowball: Who are we? We are the Flushed Pets. Abandoned by our owners, and now we’re out for revenge! It’s like a club, but with biting and scratching.
Snowball: Death’s coming to Brooklyn, and he’s got buck teeth and a cottontail.
[seeing Max on Duke on a ferry]
Snowball: They’re going to Brooklyn!
Tattoo: They say everyone’s going to Brooklyn these days. Makin’ a real comeback.
Snowball: I’m not talking about hipster real estate trends. I’m talking revenge, Tattoo!
Total Quotes: 32