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We’ve all heard the adage “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” While it might not be true in all cases, it is certainly true in the case of “The Secret Life of Pets 2,” the latest offering from animation stalwart Illumination.

And you know? That’s OK.

Sure, one can look at “The Secret Life of Pets 2” as a tossed-off and somewhat cynical attempt to cash in on the surprisingly significant success of the first film (seriously – the first “TSLOP” did over $875 million at the global box office). You wouldn’t even necessarily be wrong to do so. But if there’s one thing that Illumination knows how to do, it’s to make you feel all right about handing over your cash.

This isn’t a great movie by any stretch – what story it has feels stitched together from a handful of discarded ideas and deemed good enough, all of it serving as a framework on which to hang the same kid-friendly pet-themed jokes and sight gags that we saw in the first film. However, that can often be enough – the kids in my screening certainly enjoyed it well enough.

Published in Music

As football fans get ready for Sunday’s ginormous meeting between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons, many millions of TV viewers will be watching Animal Planet for one of the cutest counter-programming moves in television history – Puppy Bowl XIII.

Published in Style
Sunday, 07 August 2016 17:54

'Nine Lives' a cat-astrophe

Family 'comedy' unfunny, insulting to kids and adults

One of the delightful side effects of the summer blockbuster season is the fact that every once in a while, a film comes along that is such an obvious misfire that you almost want to see it simply to find out if it could possibly be as terrible as it appears to be.

Published in Movies
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 11:42

Foster parenting for pets

Animals get second chance thanks to Bangor Humane Society's foster homes

 

 

BANGOR - There are more foster homes in the state of Maine than you think. That's because when many people imagine foster parenting, they immediately think of caring for a child, minor or ward of the state. But there is actually a large group of people out there that are foster parents to another group of children in need - fur babies. The Bangor Humane Society relies on these foster "pet" parents to care for the cats and dogs that come through its doors that aren't quite ready to be placed in forever homes.

Published in Livin'
Thursday, 27 September 2012 08:16

Ask Todd Parker - Sept. 26, 2012

Dear Todd Parker,

I'm in love. I haven't been seeing this girl for very long, but everything about her seems perfect for me. She's smart and funny, plus she's super hot. She likes a lot of the same things that I like, and we always have a good time when we go out together. So yeah, like I said, she seems perfect. There's just one little problem.

It's her cats.

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