Everything You Need to Know About The Bad Guys Movie

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The story of baddies – Mr. Wolf, Mr. Snake, Mr. Piranha, Mr. Shark and Ms. Tarantula.

 Who’s Involved:

Sam Rockwell, Etan Cohen, Richard Ayoade, Alex Borstein, Anthony Ramos, Zazie Beetz, Patrick Hughes, Awkwafina, Pierre Perifel, Jeff Berg

 Release Date:

Friday, April 22, 2022 (Nationwide)


action and rude humor
 Runtime: N/A
 Language: English

Plot: What’s the story about?

Never have there been five friends as infamous as The Bad Guys—dashing pickpocket Mr. Wolf, seen-it-all safecracker Mr. Snake, chill master-of-disguise Mr. Shark, short-fused “muscle” Mr. Piranha and sharp-tongued expert hacker Ms. Tarantula, aka “Webs.” But when, after years of countless heists and being the world’s most-wanted villains, the gang is finally caught, Mr. Wolf brokers a deal (that he has no intention of keeping) to save them all from prison: The Bad Guys will go good. Under the tutelage of their mentor Professor Marmalade, an arrogant (but adorable!) guinea pig, The Bad Guys set out to fool the world that they’ve been transformed. Along the way, though, Mr. Wolf begins to suspect that doing good for real may give him what he’s always secretly longed for: acceptance. So when a new villain threatens the city, can Mr. Wolf persuade the rest of the gang to become … The Good Guys?

Family Animation Adaptation

Who stars in The Bad Guys: Cast List

Sam Rockwell

Trolls World Tour, Poltergeist


The Little Mermaid, Raya and the Last Dragon

Anthony Ramos

Transformers: Rise of the Beasts, Distant

Marc Maron

What Is Life Worth, Respect

Craig Robinson

Dolittle, The Other Guys

Zazie Beetz

Bullet Train, Lucy in the Sky

Lilly Singh

Riverdance: The Animated Adventure

Alex Borstein

Catwoman, The Lizzie McGuire Movie

Richard Ayoade

The Souvenir Part II, The Watch

Who’s making The Bad Guys: Crew List

A look at the The Bad Guys behind-the-scenes crew and production team. The film’s writer Etan Cohen last wrote Rumble and Holmes & Watson.


Pierre Perifel


Etan Cohen


Rebecca Huntley
Damon Ross


Universal Pictures

Production Company

DreamWorks Animation

Watch: The Bad Guys Trailers & Videos

Production: What we know about The Bad Guys?

Key Facts

  1. The Bad Guys is directed by Pierre Perifel (animator, the Kung Fu Panda films), making his feature-directing debut. The film is produced by Damon Ross (development executive Trolls, The Boss Baby, co-producer Nacho Libre) and Rebecca Huntley (associate producer, The Boss Baby). The executive producers are Aaron Blabey, Etan Cohen and Patrick Hughes (12/18/2021).
  2. Based on the bestselling Scholastic blockbuster book series by Aaron Blabey, which has more than 8.2 million copies in print worldwide (3/17/2021).
  3. This is the feature directorial debut of Pierre Pierfel, who directed the award-winning short Bilby and was an animator on Kung Fu Panda (10/15/19).
  4. Adaption of the illustrated cartoon book series by author Aaron Blabely.

Filming Timeline

  1. December 2021: The film was in Completed status.
  2. December 2021: The film was in Post-Production status.
  3. December 2020: The film was in Production status.
  4. October 2019: The film was in Development status.

    Director Pierre Perifel on board with an estimated release in 2021.

  5. April 2018: The film was in Development status.

The Bad Guys Release Date: When was the film released?

The Bad Guys was released in 2022 on Friday, April 22, 2022 (Nationwide release). There were 14 other movies released on the same date, including The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, The Northman and Unplugging.

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