The Bad Guys review

Rick, you son of a bitch I’m in

DreamWorks Animation hasn’t really caught my interest in a very long time until now. The Bad Guys is about a group of criminal animals led by Mr.Wolf, when one of their heists fails Wolf tells everyone that they plan to become good though really it’s a cover up for another heist. Wolf does however end up having a change of heart. It’s kind of like Sly Cooper (one of my favorite game series) with the plot of Megamind set in a world populated by both humans and animals like BoJack Horseman.

Now the story of a bad guy turning good isn’t particularly new in animated movies, in fact DreamWorks already did this in Megamind. Spoilers: This movie does have a bunch of familiar tropes seen in other family films. There’s a 2nd act break up between Wolf and his gang. There’s also an obvious twist villain in the form Professor Marmalade. I also think that twist that Professor Marmalade was disguised as the old lady Mr. Wolf saved seemed too forced. It would’ve been fine if Marmalade and the old lady were two separate characters.

The best thing about this movie is the animation. This is one of the best-looking DreamWorks movies I’ve ever seen. I’m really happy that recent animated movies are using the 2d/3d hybrid method like in the Peanuts Movie, Spider-Man into the Spider-Verse, and the Mitchells vs the Machines. Apparently, the animators looked at for inspiration from Spider-Man so that’s a really good sign. I also really love the character designs which are very cartoony, and the facial expressions are great. What also helps give these characters so much energy is the voice talent. Everyone puts on there A game especially Sam Rockwell as Mr.Wolf who I think is the biggest standout.

The Bad Guys is one of the better DreamWorks animated movies in recent history. It has the charm of Sly Cooper with the visually astonishing visuals of Spider Man into the Spider-Verse. I’m really glad DreamWorks is also using this same method for Puss in Boots 2 and I hope they do more movies with unique styles in the future.


+Great voice talent

+Visually amazing

-Familiar family film tropes

-The Old lady

Score: A-

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