The Secret Life of Pets is a 2016 American computer-animated comedy film produced by Illumination Entertainment. It is directed by Chris Renaud and co-directed by Yarrow Cheney and written by Brian Lynch, Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio. The film stars Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Steve Coogan in a dual role, Ellie Kemper, Bobby Moynihan, Lake Bell, Dana Carvey, Hannibal Buress, Jenny Slate, and Albert Brooks.
The making of Pets was highly collaborative in Illumination’s own unique way. Renaud works at Illumination Mac Guff’s Paris animation production facility, where roughly 700 artists are based and the studio’s films are made, while Meledandri works in the studio’s Santa Monica headquarters. “The writers and vocal talent are also typically in the U.S. We start with storyboarding but it’s very collaborative,” says Renaud.
As is typical on an animated feature, a lot evolved along the way, including the look and personality of the film’s antagonist, Snowball the bunny, which started out big and ugly and ended up small and fuzzy. Explains Renaud, “We felt it would be funnier to have a little guy with a big chip on his shoulder, so we started talking about him more as a bunny you would see on an Easter card. We had been talking about Kevin Hart as the voice actor, and we sent the picture to Kevin’s people and he was excited. It was the contrast that felt really fun.”
A big challenge that the production had to overcome involved animating crowd scenes that featured many different species of animals. When Renaud came on board to direct, one of the initial challenges he gave his design team was to portray the animals with as little anthropomorphisation as possible. “We tried to keep the animals on all fours and make their behavior very believable,” he explains. “I hadn’t really seen it done before. I felt we could really explore the idea of the performance of these animals in a very naturalistic way, and of course we always tried to put a twist on it.”
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