• Aaron Fonseca

‘The Bad Guys’ gives some good one liners... animated animals

Within the first two minutes of the retro-cool and warmhearted animated crime thriller spoof “The Bad Guys,” we can tell we’re in for something refreshingly original—because those two minutes (and change) consist of a single, unbroken shot in a diner that is a clear homage to the prologue of “Pulp Fiction,” and how about that.



In this anthropomorphic version of Los Angeles, a wolf named Mr. Wolf (Sam Rockwell) and a snake named Mr. Snake (Marc Maron) are in a booth and dressed like corny tourists as Mr. Wolf chides Mr. Snake for refusing to partake in some birthday cake.

“Name one food better than cake,” says Mr. Wolf.

Within the first two minutes of the retro-cool and warmhearted animated crime thriller spoof “The Bad Guys,” we can tell we’re in for something refreshingly original—because those two minutes (and change) consist of a single, unbroken shot in a diner that is a clear homage to the prologue of “Pulp Fiction,” and how about that.




In this anthropomorphic version of Los Angeles, a wolf named Mr. Wolf (Sam Rockwell) and a snake named Mr. Snake (Marc Maron) are in a booth and dressed like corny tourists as Mr. Wolf chides Mr. Snake for refusing to partake in some birthday cake.

“Name one food better than cake,” says Mr. Wolf.


The Bad Guys view this is an opportunity to scam the world and pull off an even bigger heist, this time involving a meteor that is the ultimate power source—but there’s a twist, as it appears Mr. Wolf has truly bought into the belief a wolf doesn’t always have to be a wolf in sheep’s clothing and can actually become a Good Guy. This leads to a rift within the ranks, and some pretty neat twists and turns and reveals, with the actors doing wonderful voice work while “The Bad Guys” serves up nods to classic crime films such as “To Live and Die in L.A.,” “Bullitt,” “The Italian Job,” “The Hot Rock” and “Snatch”—but mostly Steven Soderbergh’s “Ocean’s Eleven” and its sequels. When Mr. Wolf turns on the charm it’s said he’s “pulling a Clooney,” and the friendship between Mr. Wolf and his best buddy Mr. Snake is reminiscent of the dynamic between Clooney and Pitt in the “Ocean’s” films. Daniel Pemberton’s jazzy score and the use of split-screen techniques showing the big heist from different points of view only add to this greatly entertaining tribute.

The animation combines computer-generated 2D and 3D with a look that will remind you of a Saturday-morning cartoon—only much crisper and more dazzling. There’s nothing photorealistic about the animation; it’s stylized and has very specific definition of Heist Movie Los Angeles, with the sky so bright it’s almost overexposed, and yet somehow creating a bit of a noir vibe. This is a great-looking film with terrific performances, some lovely messaging and a steady parade of solid laughs—some the kids will enjoy and just as many targeted squarely at the grown-up kids in the audience.


YES see this with the family and kids.....like my soon said its AWESOME!!!!



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