Friday, January 24, 2014

Despicable Pets

Looks we finally got some details on one of the two original animated films slated for 2016 that Illumination Entertainment is working on…

Deadline got an image, the plot and info on the cast, which currently consists of Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet and Kevin Hart.

According to the article, this will be the February 12, 2016 release. I like the designs, they are appropriately cute and a bit on the Despicable Me side. I particularly like the big brown dog, his shape and design are a bit weird, but in a good way of course. Despicable Me excelled in the character design department, so I'm not surprised that these designs work, really.

What's the plot?

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.

What dogs do when the masters aren't around? A bunny with a diabolical plan? Sounds fun and bizarre at the same time. I think Illumination can in fact make good films. Yes they made Hop, yes they made The Lorax, but I thought Despicable Me was pretty good. (Still haven't seen part deux, sorry folks!) I'm just glad they're going to focus on original stories, because over a year ago, their slate wasn't too promising. It included a lot of films based on existing brands: Clifford the Big Red Dog, The Addams Family, Curious George, Dr. Seuss stuff…

A lot of that stuff is still on the slate, but a lot of exciting projects are on there too. Also, it seems like the cryptozoology film is gone… I wonder why. Anyways, I am looking forward to this and their untitled musical set for winter 2016.

What do you think of the project? Exciting? Meh? Take it or leave it? Sound off below!

1 comment:

  1. This looks extremely promising. I think Illumination is doing a fantastic job of finding themselves and their place in the animation industry. The character designs, like you mentioned, look reminiscent of the stylized look of Despicable Me and The Lorax, which tells me that they have defined their overall look, feel, and style of their properties. I think Illumination has a real winner with this one.