Here’s the first full trailer for The Secret Life of Pets, the latest animated wonder from Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures. We’ve been seeing little snippets of The Secret Life of Pets over the last few months, but this is our first full gander at what the story of the film will be. The first teaser for the film, featuring little more than Louis C.K.’s Max, a loving housedog, sitting at the door, waiting for his master, but now we get a better sense of just how devoted Max is to his owner, Katie, voiced by Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt herself Ellie Kemper. You can check out the trailer right below:
From the looks of it, the animated film, which is directed by Yarrow Cheney and Chris Renaud, plays on the idea of people treating their pets like their children, with Max getting freaked out by the arrival of a ginormous, shaggy dog named Duke, voiced by Modern Family‘s Eric Stonestreet. Somehow, they both end up on the street, far from home, and the coalition of fellow pets, represented by Lake Bell‘s Chloe and Jenny Slate‘s Gidget, amongst others, goes out to find them and get them back home.
There are plenty of other pet characters that they come into contact with on their way around, most notably Snowball, one tough bunny rabbit voiced by Kevin Hart. Albert Brooks, Steve Coogan, SNL‘s Bobby Moynihan, Dana Carvey, and Hannibal Buress also lend their talents to what looks like a highly enjoyable, if not particularly original animated outing. Just on first glance, I see notes of Toy Story and The Odd Couple in the film’s narrative DNA, as well as other talking-pet movies such as Homeward Bound. Here’s hoping that I don’t cry like a lunatic at The Secret Life of Pets like I did last time I saw Homeward Bound, which is more recent than I’d like to admit.
The Secret Life of Pets will be released in theaters nationwide on July 8th.