America, Los Angeles – a world in which humans and anthropomorphic animals coexist. The Bad Boys operate in the city – this is a criminal group consisting of the head of the gang – the self-confident handsome Mr. Wolf (Sam Rockwell), the cynical, sarcastic and irritable safecracker Mr. Snake (Marc Maron), the master of disguise Mr. Shark (Craig Robinson), the manic and the impulsive bully Mr. Piranha (Anthony Ramos), as well as the hacker Mrs. Tarantula (Aquafina).
After another bank robbery, elegantly escaping from the head of the police department, Misty Luggins (Alex Borstein), the gang rests and relaxes, watching a TV report where they are called the most diabolical criminals of our time, which is very flattering to their vanity. However, after the report, the audience was introduced to the new governor, Diane Foxington (Zazie Beetz), who should put an end to the gang, and the governor stated on the screen that these so-called “bad guys” are just a bunch of notorious dilettantes who should be forgotten as soon as possible and focus on more positive things, such as the annual Good Samaritan Awards.
Mr. Wolf, who was terribly hurt by the governor’s words, offers the gang to commit the robbery of the century – to steal the Golden Dolphin figurine, which is awarded for prizes. The rest of the gang is in shock – many famous criminals broke their teeth on this figurine. But Wolf believes that this is the only way they can prove that the “Bad Boys” are not some kind of dilettantes, but the greatest criminals in history.
At first, the Serpent was categorically against it: he believes that there is no need to take such risks and that the Wolf generally took the words of Dianne Foxington so close to his heart in vain. However, Wolf states that Professor Marmalade (Richard Ayoade) the guinea pig is likely to receive the prize this year, and there is no better treat for the Snake than a guinea pig, so as a result, the Snake agrees to participate in the case.
A new animated film from DreamWorks Animation. The director of the picture was Pierre Perifel, for whom this is the first full-length picture. The script was written by Ethan Coen (he worked on Men in Black 3, Tropic Soldiers and Madagascar 2) and Hilary Winston, based on the children’s book series of the same name written by Aaron Blaby (the author of books on this film acted as an executive producer ).
The creators of the picture are positioning themselves as “Tarantino for children”, and director Pierre Perifel said in an interview that he wanted to prepare children for adult crime comedies with this film. And he said that this is not a parody, but something like a tribute to such crime comedies as “Pulp Fiction”, “Ocean’s Eleven” and other pictures of this genre.
From an artistic point of view, this is all drawn in a now very popular style, when three-dimensional computer graphics are stylized as an old two-dimensional drawing style: Spider-Man: Through the Universes set the tone for this style, and recently this style could be seen in Mitchells vs. Machines .
The company of criminals is very colorful. Mr. Wolf was clearly based on Danny Ocean from Ocean’s Eleven, and it’s strange that George Clooney, who played Danny, was not invited to voice Mr. Wolf. But, however, he was voiced by Sam Rockwell, and he did it perfectly. Mr. Wolf is elegant, very charming, and he is such a “noble con man” and not some kind of bandit. In addition, Mr. Wolf discovers in himself an irresistible desire to become a worthy member of society, so the film sets a good example for the younger generation: and indeed, it makes sense to first enclose a couple of banks, after which you can repent, move the old woman across the road and start marrying a pretty governor . Yes, yes, a line of light romance and obvious sympathies will be present here, why not?
Mr. Snake is very funny with his cynicism, extreme selfishness and commitment to a life of crime. They are very close to the Wolf, although they are very, very different and constantly quarrel without malice.
The master of disguise, Mr. Shark, is a completely parodic character: well, which of the huge Sharks is the master of disguise? But he is good-natured, the rest of the gang like to tease him, and besides, the Shark reminds Lenny from the “Underwater Tale”, and in the picture there is a direct reference to this film when the Shark talks about his brother, who was hit by an anchor.
Mr. Piranha is the wildest of them all, and Mrs. Tarantula can hack five pairs of legs at once on a bunch of keyboards, so you see how effective she is!
Diane Foxington is downright adorable (also helped by the good voice acting by Zaza Blitz), and the audience, especially the adults, believe that something will work out between them and Mr. Wolf, after which this beautiful family will give Los Angeles some adorable fox cubs.
Professor Marmalade’s guinea pig was famously voiced by Richard Ayoade – Maurice Moss from the wonderful series “The Geeks”, and from the very beginning Bublik and I understood that behind the sweet and sour mask of this “good Samaritan” was a hypocritical and vile person. We know these guinea pigs, they cannot deceive us.
By the way, I should note that from the point of view of morality, everything here is done very competently. Viewers are clearly hinted that behind every criminal there may be some complexes and personal tragedies, and the inside of the “good Samaritan” can be quite unsightly – that’s right, children should know about this from childhood.
The action in the picture unfolds very dynamically, you definitely won’t get bored on it, several chases are drawn just cool, besides, in the picture, if you look closely, there are various references to other films (except for the ones already mentioned) and a lot of good jokes.
Our whole family watched “Bad Boys” with great pleasure, and we all liked it. However, it’s not a masterpiece at all, but DreamWorks Animation used to produce downright masterpieces, but this is clearly a new approach in the animation genre, and besides, I note that this is still a completely independent work – in the sense that this is not a sequel, a triquel -quadriquel, in which the studio has long been stuck.
A good movie for the whole family is our verdict with Bagel the cat.
The Bad Guys
Director: Pierre Perifel Cast: Sam Rockwell, Marc Maron, Awkwafina, Craig Robinson, Anthony Ramos, Richard Ayoade, Zazie Beetz, Alex Borstein, Lilly Singh, Barbara Goodson
Worldwide gross: $183 million
Animation, USA, 2022, 100 min. crime comedy