The Bad Guys

Disclaimer: The Fandads received a copy of The Bad Guys in exchange for a review. All thoughts, opinions, and failed heists are our own.

I have heard of the Bad Guys book series by my children but we never bought any of them. It was one of those series that we knew about but never got around to picking up. Now with the movie available we sat down and watched it together to see what all the hype was about. I can proudly say, that after seeing the movie, we have all become fans and want to get the books now.

The Bad Guys is what happens if you make an Ocean’s 11/Quentin Tarintino movie for children. From the opening conversation in the diner to the multi-cuts of the crew during a heist, this is a great homage to those movies. Every line of dialogue is perfect for the characters and each one of them has their moment to shine.

When we are first introduced to Mr. Wolf and Mr. Snake they are having an interesting conversation in a diner. Think the opening scene in Pulp Fiction but not that intense. This conversation helps set up the relationship between the two characters. I mean, even their names are a homage to Reservoir Dogs. Do they have real names or are they just known by the animal that they are? Maybe that is broken down in the books but it is great to know them like that. It’s also funny that the other characters in the movie have actual names and are not called Mr/Mrs. “Whatever animail they are”.

Mr. Wolf explains how he is the villian in every story that he is in along with Mr. Snake, Mr. Piranha, Mr. Shark and Ms. Tarantula. The team has a great connection and we see that when we get a glimpse of some of their other heists. They are constantly one step ahead from Police Chief Misty Luggins. Who has made it her life mission to capture the crew who have been named “The Bad Guys”.

One their way to steal the Golden Dolphin, Mr. Wolf does a good deed by not letting an older women fall down the stairs. She compliments him for saving her and he feels a feeling that he has never felt before. This feeling along with other moments in the movie makes Mr. Wolf wonder if there is more to him than constantly being the bad guy. When the crew decide to try to change their ways with the help of Professor Marmalade, things don’t run as smooth as they would like. This causes a rift in the crew and a revelation that will challenge their friendship.

Final Thoughts: The Bad Guys is a children’s version of a Quentin Tarintino movie and Oceans Eleven. The characters possess the same coolness factor that those characters exude. The Bad Guys is a lot of fun and shows us that people can change and are not stuck in the boxes they are put in.

Kid-Friendly: The movie has a wolf and snake as best friends, so I say it is very kid-friendly. There is a great lesson in the movie about being true to yourself that I feel will be great for children to hear.

Violence: There are some exaggerated chase scenes in the movie. There is a fight scene involving the Crimson Paw that shows their fighting skills that is pretty intense but animated intense.

Follow the most notorious criminals in the world and find out if they can pull off their biggest job yet – going good – in DreamWorks Animation’s THE BAD GUYS, a hilarious high octane family adventure that is sure to bring the entire family together for non-stop action and laughs. Showcasing a brand-new crew of lovable and edgy characters bursting with personality, the film embraces individuality with each character’s unique skillset, ranging from hacking and disguise to muscle and drive. Available to own on Digital, 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™, and DVD on June 21, 2022 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, THE BAD GUYS Collector’s Edition showcases an all-new original short and comes filled with never-before-seen bonus features including deleted scenes, exclusive interviews with cast and crew, Mr. Snake’s frozen pops recipes, character drawing tutorials and more, offering endless fun and sure to get the entire family into ‘summer’ mode. 

Featuring sleek stylized animation, the family action-comedy boasts a star-studded voice cast featuring Academy Award® winner Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Marc Maron (“GLOW”), Craig Robinson (Hot Tub Time Machine franchise), Anthony Ramos (In The Heights), and Awkwafina (Crazy Rich Asians) as the bad guys, alongside co-stars Zazie Beetz (Joker), Lily Singh (Bad Moms), Emmy® winner Alex Borstein (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”), and Richard Ayoade (Paddington 2). THE BAD GUYS is directed by Pierre Perifel (Kung Fu Panda films) and produced by Damon Ross (Trolls) and Rebecca Huntley (The Boss Baby) from a screenplay by Etan Cohen (Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa).

Never have there been five friends as infamous as THE BAD GUYS—Mr. Wolf, Mr. Snake, Mr. Piranha, Mr. Shark and Ms. Tarantula. After years of countless heists and being the world’s most-wanted villains, the gang is finally caught. Mr. Wolf brokers a deal to keep them out of prison and the Bad Guys set out to fool the world into believing they’ve gone good. Packed with huge laughs and edgy action, being bad has never been so fun in this action-comedy from DreamWorks Animation.

THE BAD GUYS is based on the Scholastic children’s graphic novels by Aaron Blabey that earned a spot on the New York Times bestselling list for more than 100 weeks and have sold a combined total of more than 1 million copies to-date.


  • ALL-NEW ORIGINAL SHORT “MARASCHINO RUBY” – In this original DreamWorks animated short, The Bad Guys are at it again, but not in the way you think. They’ve gone good! Find out what happens to the team after they go rogue in this sweet original short.
  • Original opening
  • Snake Attack
  • Extra Secret Base Tour
  • You Can’t Fake Good
  • Post Credits: Scientist Button
  • DEVISE THE PLAN: MAKING THE BAD GUYS – From book to storyboard to the silver screen, join the cast and filmmakers as they devise how to bring The Bad Guys to life.
  • ASSEMBLE THE CREW – Go face to face with the voices behind our favorite animated bad guys – Mr. Wolf, Mr. Snake, Mr. Shark, Ms. Tarantula & Mr. Piranha.
  • IT’S SHOWTIME: CAST TABEL READ – Teamwork is the ultimate ingredient in pulling off a job without a hitch. now that they’ve agreed on the plan, it’s time to bring the cast of The Bad Guys together for their first table read.
  • SNAKE’S FROZEN POP SHOP – Want to learn how to make your own version of Mr. Snake’s favorite frozen pops? With these easy recipes, you’ll be on your way to chill-ville in no time. Want to go the extra mile? Create your own frozen pop disguises.
  • FROM THE DRAWING ROOM – Learn step by step from The Bad Guys head of story, Nelson Yokota, how you can create your very own storyboard and draw the film’s main characters
    • How To Storyboard
    • How To Draw Mr. Wolf, Mr. Snake, Mr. Shark, Ms. Tarantula, Mr. Piranha
  • FEATURE COMMENTARY – Feature Commentary with Director Pierre Perifel, Producer Damon Ross, Head of Story Nelson Yokota, Head of Character Animation JP Sans, and Production Designer Luc Desmarchelier.

THE BAD GUYS is now available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-rayTM, DVD and Digital.

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