Given that they come amid generally amusing antics that unfold at a lively pace, returning director Chris Renaud’s follow-up to his 2016 original rates as an entertaining cartoon suitable for all but the youngest kids.
The most prominent of the three plot strands continues the story of affectionate terrier Max (voice of Patton Oswalt). Having acquired a sidekick in the person of shaggy mutt Duke (voice of Eric Stonestreet), a rescue pet he originally resented but with whom he eventually bonded in the kickoff, Max now gains a new friend when his beloved owner has a baby son, Liam.
By the time Liam is ready for preschool, Max has developed anxiety issues in his drive to keep the boy safe. When the family decamps to a relative’s farm for a vacation, bringing Max and Duke with them, the unfamiliar rural surroundings only make New York City native Max more fretful.