The Bad Guys

The Bad Guys

Director Pierre Perifel’s latest animation film, The Bad Guys merge bringing in the new with the old in art style and perspective.

The Bad Guys distributed by Universal Pictures was released on the 31st of March 2022 by Universal Pictures. The film is based on the Australian author of children’s books, Aaron Blabey.

Straight off the bat, the first element that caught my attention about this film was its old yet crisp art style which had me reminiscing a lot about my childhood.

The characters themselves are all animals with their unique traits that I believe someone, somewhere out there in the world, most definitely has some kind of phobia towards or is simply just scarred straight by the sight of any of them.

First off, we get Mr. Wolf voiced by Sam Rockwell. Is the charming, overconfident one of the group. Mr. Snake is voiced by Marc Maron, who’s the old geezer in the group that’s stubborn as all hell yet cherishes his friends above all else.

Ms. Tarantula voiced by Awkwafina is the IT Guru of the bunch, she loves hacking systems and has the legs to override any security lol…

And finally, we have Mr. Piranha voiced by Anthony Ramos who’s a daredevil that isn’t afraid to take on any challenge or anyone, he also has a short fuse, and last but not least.

Mr. Shark, the sweetest member of The Bad Guys crew, voiced by Craig Robinson, just learn to share in his presence, or else things may take a dark turn.

What do all these animals have in common, well their feared by the general public at large and this film aims to change that mindset and give you a different perspective?

By firstly revealing to us that Diane Foxington played by Zazie Beetz is not all that she seems to appear as.

Diane Foxington is also, The Crimson Paw, probably the best thief to exist yet she’s the governor. Although she had left that side of her life, it just goes to show you can never judge a book by its cover.

Another way you can interpret this film is that the biggest thieves in the world wear suits with the biggest smiles on their faces.

Professor Marmalade voiced by Richard Ayoade is that very description and plays his part remarkably well.

There are so many examples of what Professor Marmalade said that are true to today’s culture, and the way people choose to believe in something by its mere appearance rather than the truth that’s in front of them.

For example, dogs all descend from an ancient wolf population but people choose to fear wolfs not dogs, simply because dogs are cute.

The last example I will give might be a little sour to swallow but it’s true.

Cameron Herrin during a TikTok challenge on his bike caused an accident that took the lives of mother and daughter, however, more people came out to stand on Cameron’s side simply quoting “He is too cute for jail”.

There are a lot of small hidden messages throughout this wonderful film but I’d rather recommend you watch it on your own and decide for yourself how great The Bad Guys is.

Director Pierre Perifel brought in a splendid cast onto a thought-provoking film that had me loving every minute of it to the very end.

Mr. Snake and Mr. Shark’s relationship is what had me laughing to the point of tears. Grumpy old geezers and sweet people are a mixture of disaster but hey, everyone deserves a second chance right?

The intro to the movie is captivating especially with its wonky art style, Generation Z kids are about to go crazy thinking this is a new art style when in reality we’ve seen it, and grew up watching this particular kind of art style.
Let me know in the comments section below what some of your favorite moments of The Bad Guys are.

Thanks for reading…The Bad Guys

Pierre Perifel

“This is a style that is something that I've been wanting to see on American animation for quite a while now. Probably because I grew up with it when I was a kid.”

After a lifetime of legendary heists, notorious criminals Mr. Wolf, Mr. Snake, Mr. Piranha, Mr. Shark and Ms. Tarantula are finally caught. To avoid spending the rest of their lives in jail, they’re given a chance for change by Professor Marmalade.
Sam Rockwell
Richard Ayoade
Anthony Ramos
Zazie Beetz
Marc Maron
Craig Robinson
1h 49 mins

Universal Pictures

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