There is a great premise at the bottom of the movie of how pets live when no one sees them, but it ends up being unnecessary violent and annoying as there is of course "bad guys" (abandoned homeless jealous pets) that put our heroes into a situation where they they have to fight for their survival in some rather gloomy and scary situations. It is fantastic animated though and Manhattan has never looked better.
It's not expected much from a studio known for making things because they are relatable, you know... like instagram comedy. Even less promise is given from a movie solely made to cash in on the popularity of cat videos on youtube. So right from the get go the movie's in trouble. Well, except for the fact it made a lot of money, and why would they care about quality or artistic integrity if they have profit, right?
Uninspired, pandering waste. The greatest human threat to a stray is a dog catcher, srsly? Is this the 1950s? It is inexcusably lazy to merely project human will onto creatures whose inner emotional lives are surely more complex, less favorable to us, and therefore more interesting than what's proposed here. There's nothing in the rule book that says family films can't be challenging or thought provoking.
Very disappointing. The most interesting and entertaining part is the first ten minutes that actually have fun with what, according to the title, is the focus of the film. It swiftly degenerates into a tedious by-the-numbers non-adventure that has clearly been crafted in a boardroom, devoid of any real creativity or authentic charm.
There was never any doubt how the story was gonna unfold, and how it was gonna end up. The characters certainly had their moments, but came off as flat and uninteresting for most of the time. Lacked the 'Pixar'-touch, that we all have become used to in american animation over the last 20 years. It felt like looking at a really pretty picture, without too much more to it. Decent entertainment on a lazy afternoon.
Although the movie lacked a higher philosophical goal and metaphorical ground, I appreciated it for it's simple and yet ingenious story about our best friends lives when we abandon them for an entire day. Also a bow for good pre-communication&marketing job and keeping animal stereotypes alive
Honestly, I think that the storyline is a little bit messy. It feels like it's jumble. But screw it right? Because what would you expect from a movie for children? Kevin Hart's character is a scene-stealer. It seems that he wants to curse but he couldn't. Like he was trapped in a PG-rated movie...