We’ve all wondered what we would look like as animals. Am I more of a tiger or a housecat, doberman or dachshund? Next summer, Illumination Entertainment is letting us all see what animals they think of when thinking about actors Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet and Kevin Hart, amongst many others in the animated feature film The Secret Life of Pets. 

‘The Secret Life of Pets’ First Trailer

The release of this first trailer is more than a year in advance of the film’s actual release which is currently scheduled for July 8, 2016. Chris Renaud is signed on to direct; he has previously found animated success with Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2, both of which were also produced by Illumination.

Illumination Entertainment, created by Chris Meledandri in 2007, has found it’s niche in the family animated flicks genre. Of their four films which have premiered so far, the lowest grossing was 2011’s Hop, only raking in $184 million in gross revenue. With Despicable Me spin off Minions hitting theaters this month and three more films debuting in the next year, Illumination is sure to be in the spotlight.

The team is made up of Meledandri and Janet Healy producing, with Yarrow Cheney lending Renaud a hand in directing. Aside from Cheney, the trio has previously worked together on both films in the Despicable Me franchise. They’ve even brought in the writers of the films to produce the script, Ken Daurio and Cinco Paul.

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