The Bad Guys is a great movie for the family to see. It has many life lessons, while being very enjoyable.
Beyond the laughter, from the adults to the kids, which were many at the screening. The overriding storyline, not to be so quick to judge anyone on first sight.
Never have there been five friends as infamous as the THE BAD GUY – dashing pickpocket Mr. Wolf, the safecracker Mr. Snake, the master of disguise M. Shark, the short-fused ‘muscle’ Mr. Piranha and sharp-tongued expert hacker Ms. Tarantula. They indeed are a motley and diverse team, who ae very successful at their craft.
They are goaded into going after the heist of their life, the big one -The Golden Dolphin Award given to the best citizen of the year for all the good things they have done, by the Governor, red Fox. The award was going to Professor Marmalade, the arrogant but adorable Guinea Pig. Of course, they get caught, but agree with an experiment to go good, perpetrated by the genius Mr. Wolf, (he thinks) so as not to go to prison.
On the way during the experiment Mr. Wolf starts to long to become good. This is where, the fun starts, with so many twists and turn. His associates are shocked that he would think that way!
The Governor, Diane Foxington (secretly The Crimson Paw) adds a lot a thrill to the storyline.
The fun is finding out if The Bad Guys will become good guys and how, and who is the real bad guys.
We highly recommend this animated action comedy which will have you laughing, while trying to figure out the many funny twists in this great family movie.
The film co-stars Zazie Beetz (Joker), Lilly Singh (Bad Moms) and Emmy winner Alex Borstein (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel).
Unlike with most animated films, the stars of The Bad Guys often recorded their voice work together. “That is unusual for animation,” producer Rebecca Huntley says. “Typically, it’s an isolating process where actors come in, they perform their lines, and they don’t interact with other performers. Live-action actors are used to playing off another actor, so actually giving them that opportunity in animation is refreshingly different. It’s allowed them to give a more natural delivery. The exchange between the characters feels a little more honest, genuine and playful.”
The Bad Guys originated as a Scholastic book series from Australian author Aaron Blabey, which multiple studios were looking to option in 2017. “I knew the book series was a big deal in Australia, but I had no idea if they would work here in the United States,” says producer Damon Ross, who, at the time, was a senior development executive for DreamWorks. “Aaron flew into town to meet with all the interested parties, and we did our song and dance about why DreamWorks was the right place for The Bad Guys.
My commitment to him was, ‘We are going to make the movie a book-plus experience’—that is, capture the essence and the spirit of the book series, while at the same time elevating them so that the characters, story and world appeal beyond just kids.”
The Bad Guys is directed by Pierre Perifel (animator, the Kung Fu Panda films), making his feature-directing debut. The film is produced by Damon Ross (development executive Trolls, The Boss Baby, co-producer Nacho Libre) and Rebecca Huntley (associate producer, The Boss Baby). The executive producers are Aaron Blabey, Etan Cohen and Patrick Hughes.