This animation from the makers of Despicable Me has pep and visual humour to spare, even if the familiar plot isn’t quite up to scratch. Max (Louis C.K.), a faithful canine, is sidelined when his owner brings home an unkempt mutt (Eric Stonestreet). Their reckless attempts to one-up each other soon leave them lost on the streets of New York, hunted by viscious strays. The initial blast of flair that introduces the audience to the variety of animals – a food-obsessed tabby cat (Lake Bell), a smitten Pomeranian (a stand out Jenny Slate) and a murderous hawk (Albert Brooks), amongst others – makes for a brilliant opening that succumbs to predictability as the script settles into a familiar course, where overcoming obstacles and teamwork are the key themes. But the abundance of sharp visual nuances, laugh-out-loud humour (the dialogue offers up plenty of adults-only lines) and radiant animation ensures that there’s many eye-catching moments along the way, most of them related to the pets’ individual quirks and intentions.