The Secret Life of Pets 2 is the heartwarming sequel to the summer 2016 Illumination blockbuster.
From director Chris Renaud (Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax) and writer Brian Lynch (Minions), Pets 2 is the perfect family film - whether you’ve got pets or not!
Plus, we’ve got the first 10 minutes of the film available to watch now - so you can try before you buy (more on that below).
We reveal the best bits about the movie, fascinating facts you didn’t know and Easter eggs you didn’t spot, who voices the characters, and more, as The Secret Life of Pets 2 is released in the BT TV Film Store.
Who voices the characters?
The Secret Life of Pets 2 features the original characters from the first film, plus some newbies.
Comedian Patton Oswalt replaces Louis C.K. as the voice of Max, a Jack Russell Terrier, alongside Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family) who’s back as Duke, a large, brown, shaggy Newfoundland mix who Max lives with.
Kevin Hart (Central Intelligence) also returns as Snowball, a white rabbit and former flushed pet, alongside Jenny Slate (Parks and Recreation) as Gidget, a white Pomeranian, and Lake Bell (It’s Complicated) as Chloe, a morbidly obese and apathetic grey tabby cat.
Tiffany Haddish (Girls Trip) joins the voice line-up as Daisy, a Shih Tzu, alongside Nick Kroll (Sausage Party) as Sergei, an abusive circus owner.
Harrison Ford (Star Wars, Indiana Jones) is another new addition to the cast, voicing Rooster, a Welsh Sheepdog.
3 reasons to watch The Secret Life of Pets 2…
1. It introduces fresh, new characters
Although the fan favourite characters from the first film are back, it’s the arrival of the new characters - both pet and human! - that bring a fresh, new energy to the film.
Tiffany Haddish (Daisy), Nick Kroll (Sergei), Pete Holmes (Chuck) and Harrison Ford (Rooster) are the main newbies to Pet 2 - but it’s the latter character who really shines.
Ford voices sheepdog Rooster “with growling cowboy gruffness”, writes the Guardian, adding a different sort of personality to the first film’s line-up.
He also comes up with some great one-liners to inspire Max, like “the first step of not being afraid is acting like you’re not afraid.” Wise words, Rooster!
The arrival of the new characters also welcomes the arrival of new settings - including a circus and a farm, making the second film feel visually different to the first one.
2. Real life inspired the new baby storyline
Where the first film revolved largely around animals, the second film has the exciting addition of babies.
Max was quite the pampered pooch in Pets 1, but when his owner has a new baby, Max begins to see danger everywhere and gpoes out of his way to keep the little one free from harm.
There are some really funny moments in Pets 2 with the new baby character, like when Max tries to stop the little one from running into a flock of pigeons.
The struggles of keeping your baby safe, like Max is trying to do, is actually inspired by one of the film’s writer’s own home truths.
#TheSecretLifeOfPets2 Fun Fact: In this movie, Max's owner has a baby boy! Max has never loved anything more. Also it makes him realize, for the first time, how scary and dangerous the world is. And then he becomes a helicopter parent. Write what you know, people. pic.twitter.com/kkhF2WDuPO— Brian Lynch (@BrianLynch) May 16, 2019
Brian Lynch wrote on Twitter: “One of the storylines in the movie is about Max and Duke's owner having a baby, and Max becoming somewhat of a helicopter parent.
“The minute this perfect little kid comes into his life, he fears for him, and realises how dangerous the world is.
“This is exactly how I felt the moment my kid was born. I didn't want anything to hurt him, but at the same time, you have to let your kid, especially as he gets older, live his life and learn from his mistakes.”
3. It’ll warm your heart while making you laugh
The perfect family film, Pets 2 is both heartwarming and funny, and ideal for a cosy movie night.
The camaraderie between the animals is adorable, but it has plenty of jokes too to keep both adults and kids entertained.
What are you waiting for? Try before you buy and watch the first 10 minutes of Secret Life of Pets 2 now:
How to buy The Secret Life of Pets 2 and watch on your TV box
The Secret Life of Pets 2 trivia: Did you know...
1. They might both be new additions to Pets 2, but Tiffany Haddish and Nick Kroll have actually worked together before - on the 2018 sports comedy movie, Uncle Drew.
2. According to the film’s screenwriter Brian Lynch on Twitter, the hamster at the pet therapist who is frustrated that running in his wheel doesn't actually get him anywhere is voiced by Garth Jennings - the director of another Illumination title, Sing.
3. Despite a 40+ year career in Hollywood - this is the first time actor Harrison Ford has lent his voice to an animated film.
4. You might see a white tiger in the film named Hu. The word 'Hu' is in fact Chinese for 'tiger'.
5. Stick around until the end, as the movie has a mid-credits scene. According to ScreenRant.com, Snowball (Kevin Hart), performs a mid-credits rap dressed as a gangster superhero, followed by a soundbite from Rooster (Harrison Ford) at the end of the film saying "OK, movie's over."
What the fans are saying about The Secret Life of Pets 2...
Fans who’ve seen the film, including Sherlock actress Amanda Abbington, praised its family-friendly humour:
Well #TheSecretLifeOfPets2 is utterly beautiful. Funny and poignant and sad and uplifting. Harrison Ford is wonderful and the entire cast are brilliant. Yes, I’m aware I’m an adult but whatever the fuck, I loved it. @pattonoswalt What a beloved Max you made.— Amanda Abbington (@CHIMPSINSOCKS) May 24, 2019
Finally got out today to see ‘The Secret Life of Pets 2’ very cute and funny!! #TheSecretLifeofPets2— Rebecca (@SwayBecca) August 6, 2019
#TheSecretLifeOfPets2 was better than the first. Funny with some twists. The first half hour, I was watching it going “what the hell, why are there 3 different stories?” And then when they all came together it made sense and made for a fantastic movie! I give it an A-#filmreview— Chelsie Cheney (@chelsiecheney89) June 18, 2019
More in the Store
Catch up on the first film before you watch - The Secret Life of Pets is available to buy in the Store now. There’s loads more Illumination films available to buy too, including Sing, Despicable Me, and more.