There have been drastic changes in their environment at this time... after getting friends with Duke, their owner gets married and they have a baby named Liam. Although at first their relationship is somewhat "painful", soon the little one shows devotion to his pet, imitating it at all times and filling it with the unconditional love that only a child can give.
Things will go on track until it is time for Liam to go to the nursery, which will cause Max to go through a real anxiety crisis: his eagerness to protect him will generate a nervous tic that will lead him to the veterinarian until he learns learn, little by little, to deal with changes, the only irrefutable constant in life.
The synopsis of Pets 2 makes it very clear that we have a whole series of parallels with Toy Story 4: the similarities between Max and Woody are quite obvious in terms of character and motivations, but it is even more curious to see how much The cowboy like the dog tries to protect their respective children's owners.
Beyond that, in both tapes there is a night chase that involves in a case a good part of Woody's friendly toys and in the other Max's companion pets handling a vehicle... It's very curious!
Leaving aside these anecdotes, it must be said that the rhythm of the narration suffers a lot because Brian Lynch's script is weaker than the previous one. It takes its time to start and it seems not very clear what the central idea of the film is until the first third of the footage passes. It seems that one would like to carry out a sequel at all costs (it is not for less, considering the success of the original), but without having a well-polished and orderly argument.
The charm of the idea is undeniable, but it could be much better exposed. It is not worthy of anyone being scandalized, but there is some detail out of tune that makes it clear that it has not been known to find the point to the story: see Chloe, showing off her artistic gifts in a rapper plan is a bit on the limit because it is used as a humorous resource and does not work.
Of course, Pets 2 has moments that are fun and continues to sharpen the anthropomorphization of animals, which continue to have a juicy "secret life" regardless of what their owners know about them. The characters are still very nice (with the exception of Pompon, again), colorful environments and curious subplots with messages about the need to end animal abuse or take care of our roommates
Of course, it does not avoid falling into clichés as the creation of a villain of manual, ugly, proboscis, dressed in black and Russian.
In short, it is a film less meaningful than the first, less original and clear, although it serves as family entertainment without great pretensions.