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Animation Addicts 127: ‘The Secret Life of Pets’ – The Snake in My Pantry

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127 'The Secret Life of Pets' - The Snake in My Pantry

What do your pets do when you are away? Mason and Chelsea welcome special guest host Rachel Wagner to talk about the new Illumination Entertainment’s ‘The Secret Life of Pets.’


  • Main Discussion- Special Guest Host: Rachel Wagner
  • Production notes “The first film to open over $100 million in the United States that is not a sequel nor based on previously published material.”
  • Mason’s theatre report
  • The Mower Minions Short
  • Going into the film we all had low expectations but it was just “too cute!”
  • Voice Cast: Albert Brooks (Tiberius)…just think of a really creepy Marlin.
  • So many pet-isms
  • The snake in Chelsea’s pantry.
  • Sausage trip. These kinds of sequences should be expected from Illumination.
  • New York! The cityscapes and skylines and building designs were gorgeous.
  • Voicemail: Kelsey and Hannah
  • Blooper: PokémonGO Conversation
  • Don’t forget to use the hashtags #AnimAddicts and #AnimAddicts when talking about this episode on Twitter!

Runtime: 01:21:45,  56.2 MB



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About Chelsea Robson

Chelsea Robson, Co-host of the Animation Addicts Podcast, studied studio engineering and is a singer/songwriter and is know as "The World Traveler of the Podcast." She speaks fluent Portuguese, loves being outdoors, hiking small mountains, riding horses, and talking about human nature.
  • Dave 52

    I will take what I said about Pets in “WYSKBS” and put that here.

    I Just got back from seeing the movie and all I have to say is that Illumination FINALLY has another film to put up there with Despicable Me 1 and 2. The movie has likable charming characters, great animation, hilarious humor that ranges from recognizable pet humor that pet owners will get, verbal humor from the comedy cast, and Illumination’s signature brand of well-done and funny and fast paced Looney Tunes-esque physical comedy that it would rival the good physical comedy of Aardman’s Shaun The Sheep Movie. Heck, their physical comedy is so good and well timed that they manage to make the Minions funny again in the short that played before the film (hopefully, we will see more shorts from Illumination in the future). Yes, the plot is obviously similar to Toy Story and there are a few things in the film that are similar to both Toy Story 1 and 2, yet the film still ends up being a good and enjoyable film that is held up by its comedy and characters regardless if it is basically “Toy Story with pets” as some are calling. It is one of those films that even though it is similar to another film it is still different and enjoyable enough to make you basically forget about the similarities. At least that is how I personally felt.
    Also, I don’t bring this up when it comes to films but the soundtrack itself is really good. It has nice jazzy music that fills the film. Then again, I love jazz so I am not surprised I liked it.

  • Ryan Prieto

    It was so wonderful having Rachel on the show, great addition! (although I did miss our dear Morgan). Fantastic episode guys.

    • Rachel Wagner

      Thanks Ryan!

  • Rachel Wagner

    Thanks so much for letting me be on the show! I had a blast

  • Brooks Austin

    I’m still trying to decide if I should go see The Secret Life of Pets in theaters or just wait till the home video release. I’ve been excited about this movie since the first trailer but the mixed reviews have me a bit worried. I’ve been avoiding listening to this episode to avoid spoilers for the movie so I don’t know what the hosts have rated the film. Part of me wants to see it just to listen to the Rotoscopers podcast. So I’m still deciding and would appreciate any feedback from anyone about this.

    • Ryan Prieto

      (Personal Opinion) You will most likely enjoy yourself if you see it in theaters. It is a completely serviceable film, with some truly great moments. It is not perfect though and you can probably watch the first 15-20 mins of the film, leave the theater and know what is going to happen in the rest of the movie. In summation I think it is worth seeing now. But I do try to see everything so… yeah.

      • Brooks Austin

        But the new Star Trek movie is coming out soon and I really want to see that. And I just saw Finding Dory like two weeks ago so I have to save up for Star Trek so this is a dilemma.

        • brandon

          My suggestion: if Pets is still in theaters during the first week of August (and it will), then go see it. Don’t torture yourself 😉

          As for the movie itself, it’s a surprisingly entertaining Summer diversion, provided you are okay with the fact that it borrows liberally from a number of other, more superior animated offerings.

        • Ryan Prieto

          Go see ‘Star Trek’. I was lucky enough to get into an early screening and it gave me more to enjoy than ‘The Secret Life of Pets’ Did. Although that is my highly fallible opinion.

  • Jeremiah Bok

    Lovely podcast as ever!

    Honestly, this movie makes me worry about Grinch. I mean it’s harmless and cute but Grinch needs to be a masterpiece. It seems Illumination gets farther from that with every movie, they just want to be silly and funny and palatable.

  • David Kang

    To be honest, this was one of my least favorite from Illumination (not counting “HOP” which is not even an animated film). I didn’t like Snowball, he was just… but I think it’s a solid(?) movie I guess,,, but nothing really exciting and funny. This movie just… has my least favorite characters. Talk about character appeal…this has the most bland characters…ever.
    Characters I didn’t like:
    Duke (unappealing at all, sorry)
    Pops (elderly dog) (*sigh*)
    Tiberius (wierd, just wierd)