In this post, we’ll talk about the voices in the comedy film The Bad Guys and the story. Keep reading until you get to the end for more information.
About The Bad Guys
The Bad Guys is an American computer-animated heist comedy movie that will come out in 2022. It is loosely based on Aaron Blabey’s series of children’s books with the same name.
The movie was made by DreamWorks Animation Studios and will be shown by Universal Pictures. Pierre Perifel directed the movie, which was written by Ethan Cohen. Sam Rockwell, Marc Maron, Awkwafina, Craig Robinson, Anthony Ramos, Richard Ayoade, Zazie Beetz, Alex Borstein, and Lilly Singh all lend their voices to the characters.
It tells the story of a group of criminal animals that look like people. When they get caught, they act like they want to change and become good citizens, but their leader is really drawn to change because a new bad guy has his own plans.
The Bad Guys’ Plot
In a world where people and animals that look like people live together, Mr. Wolf, a cool-headed pickpocket, and thief leads The Bad Guys, a group of notorious criminal animals who steal from people and try to avoid the police because people think they are inherently “bad.”
After Governor Diane Foxington insults him on live TV, Wolf talks his friends into stealing a valuable award called the Golden Dolphin before it is given to guinea pig philanthropist Professor Marmalade at a gala.
During the heist, Wolf helps an old woman by accident and is praised for it, which makes Wolf feel weird about having done a good thing. After the gang is caught and put in jail, Wolf convinces Marmalade to try to change them, with Foxington’s blessing. He plans to use this as a cover to steal the award again.
After saving Snake and destroying Marmalade’s helmet that controlled her mind, the gang turns themselves in to the police to stop Foxington from telling people about her past as a criminal.
Marmalade tries to take credit for finding the meteorite, but it turns out that Snake faked his defection and put a fake one there. He switched it with a meteorite-shaped lamp and overcharged the real one in Marmalade’s basement, which caused Marmalade’s manor to blow up.
When the fake meteorite hits Marmalade, a diamond he stole from Foxington falls out of his suit. Chief Loggins recognizes it as the Zumpango diamond, which the Crimson Paw stole years ago.
Marmalade is arrested because she is thought to be the Crimson Paw and it turns out that she stole the meteorite. In a scene during the credits that takes place a year later, the gang gets out of jail early because they have been good. They leave with Foxington, having changed, and go to their new jobs.
The Bad Guys Voice cast
- Mr. Wolf, played by Sam Rockwell, is a smart, charming, pickpocketing grey wolf who is the boss of “The Bad Guys” gang and their getaway driver. He can also break the fourth wall to address the audience directly.
- Marc Maron portrays Mr. Snake, as a cynical and sarcastic safe-cracking snake who serves as Wolf’s second-in-command and best friend.
- Awkwafina portrays Ms. Tarantula, a snarky and sharp-tongued skilled hacker tarantula also known as “Webs.”
- Craig Robinson portrays Mr. Shark, as a juvenile and emotional master of disguise.
- Anthony Ramos portrays Mr. Piranha, a short-fused, loose-cannon piranha who serves as the gang’s “muscle.” Piranha has a tendency to belch when anxious.
- Richard Ayoade portrays Professor Rupert Marmalade IV, a wealthy guinea pig philanthropist who advises Wolf’s gang to begin performing “good deeds” while covertly planning to rob his own organization.
- Barbara Goodson provides the voice for his elderly persona.
- Diane Foxington / The Crimson Paw, portrayed by Zazie Beetz, is a red fox serving as the governor of California and Wolf’s love interest. She is also shown to have been a criminal mastermind in the past.
- Alex Borstein portrays Police Chief Misty Loggins, a fiery human police chief who is determined to apprehend The Bad Guys at any cost.
- Lilly Singh is Tiffany Fluffit, a human local news reporter who tends to embellish her stories.
The Bad Guys’ Production
The Australian newspaper The Daily Telegraph reported on July 22, 2017, that multiple studios had shown interest in translating Aaron Blabey’s novel series The Bad Guys into a motion picture.
Etan Cohen is penning the screenplay, which was revealed by DreamWorks Animation in March 2018. In October of the following year, it was announced that the film will be directed by Pierre Perifel in his debut as a feature-length director, with Cohen and Hilary Winston set to co-write the script.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the crew worked remotely on the film’s production. The film was regarded as having “a similar spin on the heist genre as Shrek had on fairy tales and Kung Fu Panda had on the kung fu genre.”
Winston was only credited for Additional script material alongside Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs writer Yoni Brenner, while Cohen, Blabey, and Foundation Media’s Patrick Hughes served as executive producers. The cast members were revealed on July 28, 2021.
Design, Animation, and Influences
The design of the film was inspired by Sony Pictures Animation’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which allowed DreamWorks to propose something more illustrated and styled than their previous films.
Character designs were influenced by a variety of film filmmakers, including Luc Besson’s The Fifth Element, Michael Mann’s Heat, and Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction. Anime and manga series including Sherlock Hound and Lupin III, as well as the French-Belgian animated feature Ernest & Celestine, affected the film’s approach to the characters.
The Bad Guys’ Release
On October 7, 2019, it was announced that the film would be released in theatres on September 17, 2021, supplanting Spooky Jack’s release date. The release date was set for April 15, 2022, in March 2021.
The date was pushed back by one week to April 22, 2021, in October. The Bad Guys were released by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment on DVD, Blu-ray, Ultra HD Blu-ray, and digital download on June 21, 2022, in the United States.