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Strap yourselves in for more cutesy, hilarious, random acts of adventure by our favorite mischievous pets.

Illumination, the makers of ‘Sing’ and ‘Despicable Me’ have returned with a sequel to one of 2016’s biggest animations. ‘The Secret Life of Pets 2’ sees us return to the secret lives of our favourite dogs, cats and various other household pets, who are all dealing with new situations in their easy-going, day-to-day lives. Some are taking to the countryside this time, while others are off to be bunny-shaped superheroes. 

If you’ve seen the first entry in the series three years ago, undoubtedly your little ones will be excited to go and see this year’s sequel. Who doesn’t like seeing our pets get up to all sorts of mischief without us noticing? This time around the stakes are higher, with main pups Max and Duke (the voice of Eric Stonestreet) having to deal with their owner Katie growing up, getting married, and having a son. It’s a great way of showing to our children that the arrival of a new member into the family isn’t so bad after all, even if it is a pair of dogs having to adjust, and not a real-life person – the message is still received loud and clear.  

Patton Oswalt as the voice of Max in The Secret Life of Pets 2.

As well as returning voices from the previous film, such as Kevin Hart’s excitable bunny Snowball and Jenny Slate’s ever-hilarious cat Gidget, comedian Tiffany Haddish also joins the cast as new doggie Daisy. Another welcome addition to the cast this time around is the legendary Harrison Ford, who has lent his voice to portray Rooster, a Welsh Sheepdog who acts exactly like you would think a dog-version of the man who has played both Indiana Jones and Han Solo would act; grumpy, adventurous, and fed up. His inclusion works brilliantly, and adults will appreciate the inclusion of such a recognizable voice in a sea of younger Hollywood stars.  

If your kids loved the first one, then ‘The Secret Life of Pets 2’ offers much more of the same. At a running time just shy of one hour and 30 minutes, the adventure will easily keep little ones entertained and have them laughing all of the way through. So strap yourselves in for more cutesy, hilarious, random acts of adventure by our pets.