Branching out from the Minion filled world of Despicable Me (2010) and taking on Dr. Seuss tales with The Lorax (2012), the Illumination Entertainment team are turning their hand to the furry friends we share our world with.
The Secret Life Of Pets takes a Toy Story (1995) style peek into the world of pets inhabiting a Manhattan apartment building, and explains how they fill their days once their human owners shuffle off to work.
The tale follows Max (Louis C.K.), a smart rescue terrier used to being the centre of attention in his home, finding one particular day more challenging than usual thanks to the arrival of mongrel Duke (Eric Stonestreet), and a mishap has the pair ending up out in the wilds of the New York streets where they will have to stop cunning bunny Snowball (Kevin Hart) from turning the tables on humanity. Albert Brooks (Finding Nemo) is voicing a pet named Tiberius, while Lake Bell (In A World...) is sarcastic kitty Chloe.
This one also boasts the talents of Steve Coogan (Despicable Me 2), Ellie Kemper (21 Jump Street), Jenny Slate (The Lorax), Bobby Moynihan (Monsters University) and Hannibal Buress (Neighbors). With Despicable Me veteran Chris Renaud directing alongside Yarrow Cheney, the script comes from Illumination scripting regulars Brian Lynch, Cinco Paul, Ken Daurio, and The Secret Life Of Pets will be out in the UK on 24 June.