A new talking dog film has been given to us in the tradition of The Secret Life of Pets, Homeward Bound, Cats & Dogs, Milo & Otis, and Mr. Peabody & Sherman. However, ‘Strays’: Trailer, Plot has a lot more edge than those family-friendly films. This new comedy appears to follow in the footsteps of Ted, Sausage Party, The Happytime Murders, and Good Boys, which took specific themes that were typically considered kid-friendly and transformed them into filthy R-rated comedies. Of course, it’ll be much cuter.
We could be looking at one of the biggest comedic hits of 2023 thanks to a creative team that comprises some of Hollywood’s top talent for comedy both in front of and behind the camera, talking dogs that curse, and a release date in the height of summer.
Universal Pictures published the Strays official trailer on February 8, 2023. The extremely R-Rated clip features a motley collection of dogs throwing f-bombs, consuming booze, humping garden gnomes and swallowing mushrooms while mentioning popular comedy like 21 Jump Street and Ted. There is also a sock puppet involved because sock puppets are always a good idea.
On March 15, 2023, a green-band trailer for Strays titled the “Official F***ing Trailer” was made available. It is the same as the red-band trailer with the exception that every swear word has been bleeped out and an emoji has been placed over each character’s mouth instead of fresh footage.
Reggie, a hyperactive Border Terrier who loves his owner Doug despite the fact that he is a beer-swilling, violent, cruel lowlife who doesn’t want anything to do with the adorable little dog, is the subject of the television show Strays. Reggie joins forces with a pack of stray canines to exact revenge on Doug after being abandoned in the city streets by biting off his penis.
The Universal official synopsis is as follows:
But what if the man is a complete jerk? They say that a dog is a man’s best friend. If so, it could be time for some canine-style sweet retaliation. Will Forte (The Last Man on Earth, Nebraska) plays the lowlife owner of Border Terrier Reggie (Will Ferrell), who abandons him on the tough city streets. Reggie is adamant that his devoted owner would never leaves him on purpose. But once Reggie befriends Bug (Oscar® winner Jamie Foxx), a fast-talking, foul-mouthed Boston Terrier who loves his freedom and thinks owners are fools, Reggie finally realises he was in a toxic relationship and starts to see Doug for the cold-blooded sleazeball that he is.
In an effort to exact their vengeance, Reggie, Bug, and Bug’s friends—Maggie (Isla Fisher; Now You See Me, Wedding Crashers), a perceptive Australian Shepherd who has been neglected in favour of her owner’s new puppy, and Hunter (Randall Park; Always Be My Maybe, Aquaman), a nervous Great Dane who is under pressure from his work as an emotional support animal—come up with a plan and set out on an epic journey to assist Reg and make Doug pay for it by biting off the part of him that he values most. Hint: It’s not his foot. Strays, a parody of the beloved dog films we all know and love, was written and directed by Dan Perrault (Players, American Vandal) and Josh Greenbaum (Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar).
Sum It Up!
‘Strays’: Trailer, Plot promises to be a talking dog film that breaks away from the traditional family-friendly mold. While movies like “The Secret Life of Pets” and “Homeward Bound” have entertained audiences with their lightheartedness, “Strays” takes a bolder approach by infusing adult humor and R-rated comedy into the genre. Drawing inspiration from films like “Ted” and “Sausage Party,” this comedy transforms themes typically considered kid-friendly into a filthy yet adorable experience.