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The Bad Guys [DVD] [2022]

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The Bad Guys’ Leads a Crucial Box Office Weekend for Non-Franchise Films", TheWrap, The Wrap News Inc., April 21, 2022. Foxington wants the Wolf and the gang to help her stop Marmalade and expose him for a criminal mastermind that he is.

Marc Maron, who voiced Mr. Snake in this movie, later went on to portray the voice of Lex Luthor in DC League of Super Pets, another animated movie with a talking guinea pig as the main antagonist. Even though it's based on a popular series of children's books, if you've seen Zootopia, you've seen the better version of The Bad Guys. As far as entertainment aimed at the wee ones, you can certainly do worse. It's brisk, silly, and the animation is quite enjoyable, adding hand-drawn overlays and accents that really make the images pop and provide additional, gratifying textures. The story, on the other hand, is the same old-same old. We have a group of "scary animals" in a world where anthropomorphized creatures walk side-by-side with humans. These spooky creatures get a bad rap because people fear them, so they lean into social prejudices and become a notorious criminal gang. Except now they might want to go good because being good feels better than being bad. Thematically, it's the same territory that Zootopia trod and with better world-building. We have "bad animals" that are tired of being looked as bad because people wrongly interpret them as scary threats. It's the predator/prey dynamic but without the depth. Having an all-animal heist crew provides some creative entertainment and Ocean's 11-style moments of frothy fun; I especially enjoyed that the giant shark is the team's master of disguise and always very obvious. The character arcs, supposed betrayals, redemption, and plot should be familiar and predictable, which means much of the movie must coast on the appeal of the animation, vocal actors, and general sense of humor. The comedy can be amusing but too often falls upon cheap gags, like the piranha's defining trait of being a nervous farter. The Bad Guys is suitable for animation aficionados, fans of the book series, and people who have never seen Zootopia, and if that's you, then just watch Zootopia.

Kroll, Justin (March 9, 2018). "Etan Cohen and DreamWorks Animation Developing 'Bad Guys' Film Adaptation (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Archived from the original on December 20, 2019 . Retrieved December 13, 2019. The Bad Guys Film Review: Talking Animals Meet 1970s Caper". April 21, 2022. Archived from the original on June 7, 2022 . Retrieved May 29, 2022. Zazie Beetz and Alex Borstein are reunited for their second animated film together, the first being 2021's Extinct, a year before.

Roeper, Richard (April 20, 2022). " 'The Bad Guys' gives some good lines to its animated animals". Chicago Sun-Times. Archived from the original on May 21, 2022 . Retrieved May 21, 2022.Mr. Shark mentions, "My cousin got hit on the head with an anchor, and after that, he only swam in a circle." This is possibly an allusion to how Frankie dies in Shark Tale. The gang plans a new heist to steal the award again during a gala, but Wolf, having fallen in love with Foxington, realizes that the gang can go good, and he ultimately decides to take the offer of a fresh start. Suddenly, a meteorite which was on display is stolen, and the gang is blamed and arrested. Marmalade meets them in private and reveals that he stole the meteorite and had planned for the gang to be framed. He also reveals that he was the old woman Wolf had helped at the first gala. Marmalade tells the gang that the meteorite sends out an electromagnetic pulse unlike any other seen before. Marmalade plans to harness the power of the meteor to pull off the greatest heist the world has ever seen.

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