Just in time for National Pet Day this week, Universal released a special trailer for “The Secret Life of Pets 2,” which will open in theaters on June 7, that features real pets reacting to scenes from the movie (watch above). The 2016 3-D computer-animated film that purports to show what pets do when their owners are away, turned out to be a surprise box-office success — taking in $875 million in ticket sales world-wide.
Comic actor Patton Oswalt replaces Louis C.K., who was relieved of his duties after being accused of sexual misconduct, as the voice of Max, a Jack Russell Terrier. Eric Stonestreet returns as Duke, the large brown mongrel who resides with Max.
Also returning is Kevin Hart as Snowball, a white rabbit; Jenny Slate as Gidget, a white Pomeranian and Max’s girlfriend; Dana Carvey as Pops, an elderly Basset Hound; Lake Bell as Chloe, a fat gray tabby cat; Elle Kemper as Max and Duke’s owner; and the film’s director, Chris Renaud, as Norman, a guinea pig. Newcomers include Tiffany Haddish as Daisy, a Shih Tzu; and Harrison Ford as Rooster, a Welsh sheepdog.
The premise this time has Max coping with the fact that his owner is married and has a toddler son, Liam. He feels he must protect her child and develops a tick. He and Duke are taken on a family tirp to a farm, only to encounter canine-hating cows, mean foxes and a frightening turkey, who do nothing to settle Max’s nerves. But Rooster , a laid-back farm dog, helps Max overcome his anxiety and allow Liam more freedom.
The animation studio Illumination is behind the film, which is also responsible for the “Despicable Me” franchise and “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax.”