Secretly our pets are just like us, except that they riff like seasoned club comedians (Louis C.K., Kevin Hart) and sail around the frame like fat ballerinas. Despicable Me animators Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud branch out with this spirited tale about two mismatched dog pals and the neighboring pets from their Manhattan apartment complex running loose in the streets. Comedy animation is all about timing, and Coffin and Renaud have it in spades, though the story—a variation on the old Disney live-action feature The Incredible Journey—is so tired that the action can’t let up for an instant. Quirkier than Disney, less crass than Fox, and content to let Pixar do the showing off, the animators have created their own commercial niche. With the voices of Ellie Kemper, Albert Brooks, Lake Bell, Dana Carvey, Steve Coogan, and Hannibal Buress.