Sunday 26 January 2014

Illumination Announce Pets Movie for 2016, Starring Louis C.K.

Deadline has the details on a brand new - original - Illumination Entertainment project, that will fill one of the studio's previously bagsied release dates. The film is currently going by the oh-so-catchy title of Untitled Pets Movie, and is set for release on 12th February, 2016. The film stars comedian Louis C.K. (LouieAmerican Hustle) as the lead dog.

Alongside C.K., Pets will star Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family) and Kevin Hart (Little Fockers). Here's the logline Deadline provide for the film:
the action comedy is set in a Manhattan apartment building. After the two-legged residents head for work and school, their pets gather to start their day, which consists of hanging out, trading humiliating stories about their owners, and helping each other work up adorable looks that will lead to more snacks. The head hound is a quick-witted terrier rescue (Louis C.K.), whose position at the epicenter of his master’s universe is suddenly threatened when she comes home with Duke (Stonestreet), a sloppy mongrel with no polish. The two soon find themselves on the mean streets of New York, where they meet the adorable white bunny Snowball (Hart). It turns out that Snowball is the leader of an army of pets that were abandoned and are determined to get back at humanity and every owner-loving pet. The dogs must thwart this plot and make it back in time for dinner.
Despicable Me and Pets director, Chris Renaud.

Pets is being directed by Chris Renaud (both Despicable Me films, The Lorax), with Yarrow Cheney (the Despicable Me short film Puppy) co-directing; it's written by Despicable Me's Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio, with Janet Healy and Illumination chieftain Chris Meledandri producing.

What's exciting about this film is that it's a return to an original concept from Illumination Entertainment. Illumination burst onto the scene with Despicable Me in 2010, and - aside from the rubbish Hop - have exclusively made and announced adaptations, sequels and spin-offs ever since (some of which were announced less than two weeks ago). And with a lot of the Despicable Me team on board, we're very hopeful for something of equally hilarious, original worth with this Pets film.

Here's what's upcoming on the Illumination Entertainment radar:
  • Minions, the Despicable Me spin-off - 10th July, 2015
  • Untitled Pets Movie - 12th February, 2016
  • Untitled Gareth Jennings Movie, described as an "original animated comedy event about courage, competition and carrying a tune." - 21st December, 2016
  • Despicable Me 3 - 30th June, 2017
  • Dr Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas - 17th November, 2017

So, excited? What do you make of Pets?

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