There is a lot of excitement surrounding the release of The Secret Life of Pets by Pixar and Disney. Believe me the excitement is warranted. However when I was watching this movie I noticed something. Let me start at the beginning. The story is about a group of pets living in New York City and their adventures when their owners leave for work every day. The protagonist of this story is Max. He loves his owner and hanging out with his friends, Chloe, Gidget, and many others. The conflict begins when Max gets a new “roommate” Duke. Max and Duke get off on the wrong foot. When their dog walker becomes distracted the two end up getting lost. The rest of the movie is Max and Duke finding their way back home.
Along their travels there was something I noticed. There are the usual Easter Eggs that Pixar puts in its movies, like A113 (hint: It’s the license plate on a truck). I noticed that the majority of the people in the city were on their cel phones. Not only when it was convenient to have someone distracted, but people who were not involved in the plot. Whether this was intentional or not, it is commenting on how much we depend on our cel phones and how technology is developing. Whether you believe cel phones help or hurt society, there is no denying that cel phones are now a part of life. Even in Pixar’s last big movie Inside Out Riley, who is only twelve years old, has a smart phone. (And no spoilers but it is a big part of the conclusion). Only 10 years ago cel phones were mostly flip phones. It’s just mind blowing how technology has developed in that time and how it is reflecting in our media and movies.
All in all, I thought this was an interesting find. And I really recommend seeing Secret Life of Pets! It was so cute and funny!