Excerpt: While writer Brian Lynch repeats the same mistakes he made with the first movie – mainly going far afield of organic adventures like a lost toy or trip to the vet’s – this time around he only errs with one of his plot threads and it is, once again, the one that features the thoroughly obnoxious Snowball.
Excerpt: Underwhelming: episodic, a random collection of unconnected vignettes rather than one cohesive story. Inoffensive, but missing the first movie’s fantastical animals’ perspective on the human world.
Excerpt: In animation, sequels are a natural part of studios’ repertoires. While the 1990s Disney renaissance sent these features the direct-to-video route, it’s an important part of their legacy to ensure future outings remain profitable. “The Secret Life of Pets 2” is a natural progenitor of its fun-filled predecessor even if it naturally fails to improve upon the material.
Excerpt: According to the credits, Brian Lynch wrote The Secret Life of Pets and this sequel. I checked because I thought the author of the screenplay might have been Dory, the forgetful fish from Finding Nemo.