Stories featuring talking animals is hardly anything new, especially in cinema. Films like “Doctor Dolittle” to “Babe” have delighted family audiences for decades. However, after all this time there has never been an adult only version in this genre. They have always been G and PG rated affairs. There have been other family film concepts that have gone the adult only route, like foul talking puppets, but not pets like dogs. “Strays” now fills in that gap, if there ever was one to start.
Reggie, voiced by Will Farrell loves his owner, Doug (Will Forte). The trouble is Doug is a lousy owner and treats Reggie like garbage. Eventually Doug abandons Reggie, but Reggie is determined to get back to his beloved owner. He makes some new friends that include Bug, voiced by Jamie Foxx, Hunter (Randall Park) and Maggie (Isla Fisher). They teach him the great benefits of a dog being out on their own.