Unless you've been living under a rock, it's hard not to recognize what an amazing year Universal Pictures is having. “Fifty Shades of Grey,” “Furious 7,” “Pitch Perfect 2” and “Jurassic World” have all performed beyond expectations with the latter knocking off “Marvel's The Avengers” for the biggest opening of all-time. What's even more remarkable is that the studio still has at least three more hits on the way this summer including Judd Apatow's “Trainwreck,” Seth McFarlane's “Ted 2” and “Minions.”
That “Despicable Me” spin-off still has a shot at becoming one of the top grossing flicks of the summer as the bumbling characters who find themselves compelled to work for an evil mastermind continue to demonstrate worldwide appeal. Illumination, the brains behind the franchise, teased their next major project at CinemaCon earlier this year, and now you can finally see what got the nation's theater owners so excited.
The teaser for “The Secret Life of Pets” has something for everyone. If you love dogs you're covered. If you love cats you're slightly covered (although my only qualm is it would be nice to have a non-fat cat character). If you're a Brooklyn hipster who secretly loves animation or have a kid around 5 years old (hipsters are having kids, people), you're covered. The cast includes unexpected but welcome talent such as Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Bobby Moynihan, Hannibal Buress and Kevin Hart. Oh, and the teaser doesn't tell you this yet, but Hart is voicing a bunny. Throw that combo into the summer of 2016 and you can see why Universal is bullish that they have another smash and potential franchise on their hands.
Check out the teaser embedded below. Pretty adorable, no?
“The Secret Life of Pets” opens nationwide on July 8, 2016.