Yippee-ki-yay, movie lovers, it’s Jan here!
As I said in my review, The Secret Life of Pets is basically Toy Story for animals, with
Duke as Buzz Lightyear and Max as Woody, but there are also some pretty cool references
to other movies as well as Illuminations’ own Minions and Despicable Me films.
So, in this video, I’m going to look at some of the best easter eggs the filmmakers snuck
into the movie and if you spotted any others, I’d love to hear about them in the comments
below. There will of course be a few spoilers ahead,
so if you want to avoid those you can click or tap up in the top right of the screen for
my spoiler-free review of the movie. Minions is Illumination’s most successful
movie to date so, as well as making the hilarious short film Mower Minions, which plays before
the main movie, the studio’s animators also included a good number of Minions easter eggs
in The Secret Life of Pets itself. There’s a Minions toy which you can see on
this boy’s bedside table as well as another one that’s out of shot, as well as a Minions
magnet on the fridge in Katie’s apartment and further down the fridge there’s a postcard
featuring the Minions’ favourite food, a banana! Plus, during the mid-credits scene the pug
Mel wears a Minions fancy dress outfit to a party at the apartment of the head-banging
poodle Leonard. In the scene where Duke drags Max around by
the lead, the song “Happy” can be heard playing in a taxi cab in the background.
“Happy” was one of numerous songs that Pharrell Williams composed and performed for the soundtrack
of Despicable Me 2 and was nominated for Best Original Song at the Oscars.
The name Zarelli’s, which was the Italian restaurant where Gru went on a disastrous
date in Despicable Me 2, appears on the streets of New York though this time it’s Zarelli’s
Shoes. There’s a poster for Illumination’s next animated
feature, Sing, on the back of the bus that Snowball drives when he chasing after the
Animal Control truck. Sing is a musical comedy set in a world entirely
inhabited by animals and stars Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane and Scarlett
Johansson among many others. And during that scene, the way the Flushed
Pets gang swarm onto the bridge and slide down cables, readying themselves to attack
Max the dog, has echoes of the scene towards the end of Rise of the Planet of the Apes
where the apes overrun Golden Gate Bridge. And the killer instincts of the crazy bunny
Snowball and the way he attacks the Animal Control officer are a nice nod to the Killer
Rabbit of Caerbannog from Monty Python And The Holy Grail, and his demented laughter
also reminded me of the evil bunny Boingo from Hoodwinked. There’s a visual shout-out to Alfred Hitchcock’s
classic horror film The Birds via a framed poster you can glimpse, suitably enough, in
the home of the budgerigar Sweet Pea. There’s a lovely little homage to the end
of director Billy Wilder’s classic romantic comedy Some Like It Hot when the old Basset
Hound Pops asks Chloe where she’s from, and she replies, “Dude I’m a cat”, to which Pops
says: “Well, nobody’s perfect”. That’s actually the closing line from Some
Like It Hot, which Joe E Brown’s character says to Jack Lemmon after Lemmon, who’s disguised
as a woman, reveals that he can’t marry Brown as he’s actually also a man!
And there’s a cool reference to Marilyn Monroe, who also starred in Some It Hot, in the painting
of Gidget in her apartment that’s inspired by Andy Warhol’s famous “Marilyn Diptych”. There’s an hilarious riff on the movie Grease
in the sausage factory scene where we see a fantasy sequence of sausages singing and
dancing to the hit musical’s closing song “We Go Together”.
On top of that, the choreography and geometric shapes in the sausage song-and-dance scene
also pay homage to the musical numbers staged by famed director and musical choreographer
Busby Berkeley, whose movies include 42nd Street and Babes In Arms. Director Chris Renaud cameos in the movie
as the voice of the guinea pig Norman who spends the movie trying to find his way back
home through the ventilation shafts in Max’s apartment block.
Renaud’s daughter Kiely also cameos as the voice of Molly.
And Jane The Virgin star, Jaime Camil, plays Fernando, the star of Gidget’s favourite telenovela,
La pasión de la pasión! So guys, did you spot any other interesting
easter eggs in The Secret Life of Pets and what did you think of the movie?
Let me know in the comments below. And if you enjoyed this, do like, share and
subscribe and also check out my easter egg playlist or you might like to check out some
amazing deleted scenes from the animated movies Finding Dory and Zootopia in my deleted scenes
playlist. Thanks for watching and see ya next time.
Yippee-ki-yay, movie lovers!