The Bad Guys (2022)

29 June 2023

The Bad Guys (2022)

The 17th biggest blockbuster of 2022, The Bad Guys follows a gang of notorious animal criminals pretending to seek rehabilitation in a bid to avoid prison … only for their leader to secretly find that he genuinely wants to change his ways.

Directed by Annie Award winner Pierre Perifel (Kung Fu Panda 2), The Bad Guys has an 88% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with the Guardian saying: “This is Tarantino for ankle-biters with a bit of Ocean’s 11 thrown in: funny, energetic and just smart enough.” Common Sense Media gives it a 4/5-star rating, recommending it for ages 6+ and saying it’s “so fun, it’s criminal.” 

The movie boasts an all-star voice cast including the likes of Oscar winner Sam Rockwell (Jojo Rabbit), Golden Globe winner Awkwafina (Raya and the Last Dragon, Crazy Rich Asians), Emmy winner Alex Borstein (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Emmy nominees Anthony Ramos (In the Heights, Hamilton), Zazie Beetz (Atlanta), and Critics Choice Award nominee Marc Maron (Super Pets, GLOW). 

The Bad Guys won the 2023 Annie Award for Outstanding Character Design, with a further four nominations. Zazie Beetz was nominated for a 2023 Black Reel Award for her Outstanding Voice Performance (as Diane Foxington aka The Crimson Paw), while Awkwafina was up for Favorite Voice From an Animated Movie (as Tarantula) at the 2023 Kids Choice Awards, where the film was also up for Favourite Animated Movie.

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