Paws down, a must-see for any pet owner.

The humans that brought us Despicable Me and Minions abandon Gru and co. for this candid and revealing exposé on what your animal pals get up to in your absence. Think Toy Story with pets.

Whether it be running around the vents of an apartment complex trying to find a way home, listening to loud and abrasive rock music, or simply barking at squirrels, the team at Illumination haven’t missed a beat in depicting the secret life of our little friends, and animal lovers will appreciate the accuracy and attention to detail lavished on the characters and their respective personalities.

The story focuses on Max (voiced by Louis C.K.), a distraught terrier pup who is saddled with an older (and much larger) stray brother, Duke (Eric Stonestreet). Locked out of their apartment, the pair wind up a long way from home, with nothing but a ferocious ball of fluff called Snowball (Kevin Hart) to help them find their way back and negotiate the perils of the outside world.

Needless to say, the film will strike a chord with anyone who has ever owned a pet. From cats that sit in ridiculously small boxes to dogs that love to chase balls, there are so many tiny nods and nuances that make us appreciate just how lucky we are to have these animals in our lives. Of course it’s extremely cute, but not insufferably so.

In cinemas: September 8, 2016star-3
Starring: The voices of Louis CK, Kevin Hart, Eric Stonestreet
Directed by: Yarrow Cheney, Chris Renaud