Ahead of the June 7th release of “The Secret Life of Pets 2,” starring Patton Oswalt, Jenny Slate, Tiffany Haddish and Kevin Hart, the “Irresponsible” comedian chopped it up with Baller Alert to discuss the highly anticipated sequel.
The forthcoming animated adventure/comedy follows the story of Max as he copes with even more overwhelming life changes. After dealing with his owner’s new stray in the first film, Terrier Max, voiced by Oswalt, works through the pressure of protecting his owner’s son, Liam. Meanwhile, Snowball, voiced by Hart, struggles with fears of his own when Daisy, voiced by Haddish, summons him for a dangerous mission.
Although Snowball believes he’s an actual superhero – thanks to his new wardrobe – he must now build up the courage to be the bunny he pretends to be. In fact, Snowball even opened up about his role in the forthcoming film, via Hart, saying, ”If you can just please acknowledge the fact that he’s a superhero, and he’s not the same version of himself that he was.”
Hart also opened up about the process and his love for working animated films.
“I don’t think there’s anything better,” Hart said of voiceovers. “The fact that I got to come back and do it for the second time is huge. We had amazing success in “Secret Life of Pets” part one, so in part two, we can only hope and imagine to do the same thing.”
“I think the fact that it just relates to everybody,” Hart added of the film. “I think everybody can go see it. It’s not just for kids, it’s not just for families. It’s all people, and there is a great message in it. The message of being okay with letting go and accepting the fact that your kids do grow up, but they need a little help, need some support. Sometimes they need a little push in just the direction of independency.”
“Nine times out of 10, you just want to know that the film you’re going to see is one that people can walk away from and have an enlightenment,” Hart said of the other ‘Easter eggs and fish nuggets’ in the film. “A moment of going, ‘wow, I get it.’ I think ‘Secret Life of Pets 2’ gives you a lot of that.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Hart shared his thoughts on Robert f. Smith’s donation to the Morehouse College class of 2019, eliminating $40 million of college debt.
“I think it’s amazing!” Hart said. “Any time you see groundbreakers show that type of love and support is huge. I can only hope and dream to get to that point one day where I can give acts of gesture that are that large. That’s the big win. That’s how you become a groundbreaker, and that’s how you really shake up the world. That’s how you turn frowns upside down, and by frowns, I mean negativity.”
Although he commended the grand gesture, he said he’s not able to follow up, just yet.