Here are some things that kids would have missed in The Secret Life of Pets!
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With the hype building for the release of The Secret Life of Pets 2, we thought we’d take a look back at the hilarious first movie that started it all. The amazing adventure of the jack russell terrier Max, and his friends Duke, Gidget, Chloe, Mel, and others along with the super funny villainous bunny Snowball made for an instant classic. But we all know that animators and writers love to slip some jokes into their movies that are just for the grown ups in the audience. And The Secret Life of Pets is no different! To start, the name Snowball is actually a reference to the rebellious pig from George Orwell novel Animal Farm! And then there’s the fact that Leonard the poodle likes to rock out to Bounce by System of a Down when his owner leaves the house! How about the fact that Tattoo the Pig’s tattoos aren’t actually just cool designs but sectioned off cuts of meat! Or that every celebrity you know and love is in this movie, from Kevin Hart to a ton of Saturday Night Live alumni, with everyone in between! There’s also a reference to the classic Boyz N The Hood that keeps coming back as Snowball calls out for his departed friend Ricky. Or that there’s also a reference to the grossest scene from Alien. And another one to the black and white film Some Like It Hot.
All of these moments and more might have gone right over the heads of children, but they definitely landed with their parents!