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  • Jenny Slate and Louis C.K. previously appeared on Parks and Recreation (2009).
  • This is Steve Coogan's third animated movie, and the third Illumination Entertainment feature for him. The first two are Despicable Me 2 (2013) and Minions (2015).
  • This is Kevin Hart's second time playing a villain associated with a bunny. He last played a villain named "Big Bunny" in Fool's Gold (2008).
  • Eric Stonestreet's first animated film.
  • Seth Meyers appeared in a car commercial promoting the movie released in April, with his dog Frisbee.
  • On the back of the bus used in the climax, there is a poster for the film Sing (2016), another Illumination Entertainment film that released 5 months after The Secret Life of Pets (2016).
  • In the official trailer, one of the songs playing in it is "Downtown".
  • This is Jenny Slate's third animated film. She previously voiced Bellwether in Zootopia (2016) and the Mom in The Lorax (2012).
  • The gnome from the film's preceding short film Mower Minions (2016) makes a cameo appearance towards the end.
  • Norman's boy has two Minion toys on his bedside table.
  • In the telenovela 'The Passions of Passion' the male character Fernando is voiced by Jaime Camil, who also plays Rogelio, a telenovela star best known for his role in 'The Passions of Santos' in Jane the Virgin (2014).
  • In the house filled with cats, you can see the news reporter from Despicable Me (2010) on the TV.
  • This is Lake Bell's third animated film, the other two being Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014) and Shrek Forever After (2010).
  • There are several references to humans worrying about their cell phones more than their pets - Katie forgets her phone near the beginning of the film, the dog walker is consumed with his phone in the park, etc.
  • When Sweetpea the Parrot escapes his cage and turns on the fan, turns on the TV, there's a poster for The Birds (1963) on the wall.
  • Chloe tells Pops (who thinks she's a dog) that she's a cat, and he replies "Nobody's perfect," an iconic line from Some Like It Hot (1959).
  • When Max and Duke are escaping from the animal gang, a turtle starts bouncing around ahead of them knocking animals out of the way with the video game sound effect of the turtle-like Koopa Troopas that kill enemies in the Super Mario Brothers video games.
  • The original release date for this film was February 12, 2016, but got pushed back later to July 8, 2016.
  • While all credited as additional voices in this film, Bill Farmer, Jason Marsden and Jim Cummings all previously worked together in both A Goofy Movie (1995) and it's Direct-to-Video sequel An Extremely Goofy Movie (2000). Another additional voice, Bob Bergen previously worked in Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase (2001).
  • Universal corporate synergy is high in this film. Billboards for NBC Universal properties The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014) and Saturday Night Live (1975) can be seen on buildings outside the apartment building. A poster for Universal's Sing (2016) can be seen on the back of a metro bus. Another sign has the "YouTube" logo and says "Most Viewed Video Of The Day".
  • Gidget's owners are modeled after Louis C.K. (voice of Max) and Ellen DeGeneres.
  • The first film to open over $100 million in the United States that is not a sequel nor based on previously published material.
  • A scene shows a cab driver listening to his radio, which is playing Pharrell Williams' "Happy," which debuted in Despicable Me 2 (2013), another Illumination Entertainment film.
  • WILHELM SCREAM: When two Animal Control drivers jumped off their truck.
  • At the party at Pops' place, the dog from the Minions short films makes a reappearance.
  • Snowball's (Kevin Hart) emotional reference to "Ricky" ("who didn't make it") is an allusion to Boyz n the Hood (1991). Hart's character in Get Hard (2015) makes a similar reference to the same movie.
  • Max is a Jack Russell terrier, Duke is a Newfoundland or Sheepdog mix, Gidget is a white Pomeranian, Mel is a Pug, Buddy is a dachshund, Chloe is a house cat, Sweet Pea is a budgerigar, Norman is a guinea pig, Pops is a basset hound, Tiberius is a red-tailed hawk, and Ozone is a hairless Sphinx cat.
  • On Katie's fridge there is a Minion eye and a banana in the picture below.
  • The bus in the climax is numbered P15 and the next stop is First Ave. and 89th St. Station. Neither the bus nor stop would normally exist. During the construction of the Second Ave. subway, the bus line M15's 86th St. stop was moved to 89th St., and Second Ave. is the opposing one-way street to First Ave.
  • The poster in Gino's house for the 79th Film NOIR Festival if done as an annual festival will not be possible till 2019.
  • The reference for the bunny villain is from the killer bunny in the comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975).
  • The piranha in the Flushed Animals' sewer is the same one used in various scenes in the Despicable Me movies.
  • Peter Travers of Rolling Stone called this film "an animated fluffball-a sort of Toy Story (1995) with pets. It does everything to drive you crazy and ends up being totally irresistible".
  • Credited as additional voices, Tara Strong has previously voiced several other well known characters such as Timmy Turner (The Fairly OddParents (2001)), Twilight Sparkle (My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (2010)), and Raven (Teen Titans (2003)). However she is probably most commonly known as the new voice of Harley Quinn having voiced the jester villain in all the Arkham video games, DC Super Hero Girls: Super Hero High (2016), and many more.
  • Although credited as an additional voice, experienced voice actor Jim Cummings once lent his voice to Steele, the evil dog from Balto (1995), another talking dog movie distributed by Universal Pictures.
  • Pops mutters what sounds like "Sentimental Hogwash" this might be an homage to Old Man Potter in It's a Wonderful Life (1946) another character who was in a wheelchair.
  • Snowball the rabbit states that in his past life he was owned by a magician. His character looks suspiciously similar to the rabbit Alec Azam from the Pixar short film Presto (2008) which is about a magician's rabbit.
  • Among the horde of cats attacking Max in the alley, there are several references to famous cartoon cats: among those, there is an orange, fat cat with a close resemblance to Garfield (2004), the Siamese Si and Am from Lady and the Tramp (1955) and the black, white faced Francis from Felidae (1994).
  • The gag featuring the chestburster from Alien (1979) is the second time it has been used in an Illumination film. The first time was in Despicable Me 2 (2013).
  • If you look at Tattoos' tattoos you can see a unicorn, a nod to Despicable Me (2010) and another that says Made in France where the animation was done. There is also the triforce design from the Zelda games above the butterfly.
  • The leader of the Flushed Pets is named Snowball. The Flushed Pets hate humans because of past mistreatment. In George Orwell's Animal Farm, Snowball is one of the two pigs who lead the revolution on the farm against humans who have mistreated animals.
  • During the park scene in the beginning you can see Gru from Despicable Me (2010) walking his dog Kyle in the background.
  • A Times Square billboard advertises Saturday Night Live (1975). Jenny Slate, Bobby Moynihan, Dana Carvey, Laraine Newman, and Louis C.K. have all appeared on and/or written for that show.
  • Illumination's 6th feature film.
  • Albert Brooks' 2nd Animated Film of 2016, after Finding Dory (2016) released a month prior.
  • The song that the poodle changes the classical music to in the beginning of the film is 'bounce' by system of a down.
  • From the humans behind "Despicable Me".
  • Hannibal Buress' 2nd Animated Film, after The Angry Birds Movie (2016) and followed by Sausage Party (2016), which were also released in 2016.
  • While the bus and van chase scene there is a teaser for the "SING " movie on the back of the bus which looks like a poster of a movie.
  • The 3rd highest grossing animated film of 2016, after Finding Dory (2016) and Zootopia (2016).
  • Towards the end, Max and Gidget become reunited and fall in love!
  • The sixth Illumination film to be rated PG by the MPAA, after Despicable Me (2010), Hop (2011), The Lorax (2012), Despicable Me 2 (2013) and Minions (2015).
  • This was the second Illumination Entertainment film to include the song "Happy" by Pharrell Williams, after Despicable Me 2 (2013).
  • Jane Krakowski was considered for the role of Gidget.


  • While the sewer animals are pushing the baby carriage, the portion where the iguana pops out of the shirt is an ode to Alien (1979).
  • In the part-way closing credit scene, Buddy and Mel attend what they think is a costume party at Leonard's house. Buddy dresses up as a Barbaloot from Dr. Seuss' The Lorax (2012), while Mel is dressed up as a Minion from the Despicable Me (2010) franchise.
  • After the first animal control van license plate "GOTCHA 2" is wrecked, the new one has the license plate "GOTCHA 3".
  • When Snowball and Max are driving the bus to save their comrades at the end on the back of the bus is a poster for Sing (2016) another Illumination production.
  • It is very likely that Duke's first owner died soon after Duke went missing. In the flashback it shows that Duke had a collar with an ID tag. Animal Control would have tried to return Duke to his owner, but found out that he had passed away and thus had to be brought to the pound instead.
  • There is an indirect reference to Disney's movie Bolt (2008) when Duke and Max face the cats in the alley. Duke moves the same way Bolt does and refers to "Thunder and Lightning" which are the symbols of Bolt. Bolt is also capable of escaping such situations which Max and Duke cannot.
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