(January 6, 2019) Original
(February 10, 2019) New Trailer (#5) / New Poster (#5)
(February 24, 2019) New Trailer (#6) / New Poster (#6)
(April 14, 2019) New Trailer (#7) / Updated Plot Description
(May 26, 2019) New Trailer (#8) / New Posters (#7-#21)
(June 2, 2019) New Poster (#22)
June 7, 2019
From IMDb: “Continuing the story of Max and his pet friends, following their secret lives after their owners leave them for work or school each day.”
Poster Rating: C (8) / A (6) / C+ / B (6) / C
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Review: (#1-#4) These four character posters are fitting and minorly funny, but dull as dishwater. (#5) A new poster to join the previous. It appears they introduce a character poster for every character trailer they release. (#6) Another in the series. (#7-#8) The series continues.
(#9-#14) This series of character posters is one of the most inventive I’ve seen. Each character is rendered out of parts that are of interest to the character and the end result is strong. (#15) A strangely color-starved design that has our characters in tandem, but not in a compelling structure. (#16-#21) While not as fascinating as the prior set of character posters, this set is quite interesting in its own right.
(#22) The original series of character posters has a new entry.
Trailer Rating: A / B+ / B- / B / B / C / B+ / B
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Review: (#1) While you welcome the characters you’re familiar with back to the screen, the trailer plays out the laughs slow and builds to a crescendo with twin cats in a crate that simply cannot be beaten.
(#2) This character trailer is based around the fat cat Chloe and while it isn’t terribly interesting to start, it has a terrific finish.
(#3) Once again, the trailer starts off slowly and builds, but it doesn’t quite rise to the heights of the previous.
(#4) This trailer, introducing the new Tiffany Haddish character, is a step above the predecessor as her comic delivery is solid even if the trailer itself isn’t as fun as previously.
(#5) Like the prior character trailers, this one has a lot of humorous bits. While it will never top the original or the Chloe trailer, it’s a solid addition.
(#6) While each of the prior trailers have been engaging, funny, and entertaining, this one feels rote, unfunny, and surprisingly dull.
(#7) A better look at the film’s premise and what stakes are there for the audience to become involved with, it might not have the drop-dead laughs of the first trailer, but it’s a slight bit better than some of the subsequent trailers.
(#8) While not nearly as humorous as some of the past trailers, this serves as a solid reminder of the kinds of heart, humor, and excitement the original exemplified.
While sequels often struggle for Oscar consideration, this could be a rare exception, but probably not.