The latest from DreamWorks studios, The Bad Guys, opens in theaters today! Find out who the French voices are and from what age to watch this heist movie online with Ocean’s Eleven.
Recommended from 6 years – In theaters from April 6
• Once Upon a time : A gang of animals, fearsome high-flying criminals, are about to commit their most heinous deed: becoming respectable citizens. These five accomplices are infamous for their respective aptitudes for crime:
Mr. Wolf, charismatic gentleman thief, Mr. Snake, jaded safecracker, Mr. Shark, magician disguised as very, very cold blooded, Mr. Piranha, the big arm of the gang, excessively milky, Miss Tarantula, computer hacker whose mastery of the web is as sharp as his tongue.
But after years of untold misdeeds, they end up getting arrested. Mr. Wolf then makes a deal (which he obviously has no intention of keeping) to spare himself and his friends many years in prison: the Bad Guys will become honorable.
Under the tutelage of their new mentor, Professor Marmelade, a lovable guinea pig, the Bad Guys are off to a good start. their world and make everyone believe that they have changed. But Mr. Wolf will quickly understand that by really doing good, he might finally get what he’s always lacked: recognition. With a new villain rampant in town, can he persuade his followers to follow him on his path to redemption and finally become…good guys?
• What they’ll love: First film by Frenchman Pierre Perifel, who has worked for many years at Dreamworks Animation, Les Bad Guys is a real heist. Full of action, twists, gags and reversals, the film is aimed at all ages 6 and up.
Adapted from Aaron Blabey’s children’s book series, the feature film required a lot of work from the director as the writer was not originally an illustrator. His illustrations are therefore very simple and could not be adapted as they are.
Therefore, Pierre Perifel had to find his own style. He explains it before the microphone of AlloCiné: “I set to work to find an animated illustration style that wasn’t classic and didn’t look like what you normally see at Disney or Pixar or even DreamWorks.
The inspiration, in terms of design, is rather French. With influences from Uderzo or Franquin. But there is also a bit of Akira Toriyama and Dragon Ball! My wish was to recover much more illustrative images.“
In fact, The Bad Guys has a very cartoonish side to it that is innovative and perfectly suited for an action movie. The pacing is fast, the movie doesn’t suffer from dead time, you never get bored.
The heroes of the film are said to be evil animals. And this endearing band clearly has nothing to envy to that of Danny Ocean (Ocean’s eleven) or Mr White (Reservoir Dogs). With its references to heist movies, a genre from which it borrows its codes, The Bad Guys will appeal to parents and children alike.
• What may concern them: The film is played by villains, who have never learned to do good. And if these antiheroes can initially scare the little ones, they quickly understand that these animals are not really bad.
The confrontation between the heroes and the villain may briefly worry young viewers, but the comedic dimension quickly takes hold.
• What they will keep inside: The gang of thieves led by Mr. Wolf is made up of animals that people don’t like: a wolf, a snake, a tarantula, a shark and a piranha. These animals evolve in a world of humans.
For the filmmaker, they are a representation of our fears. They grew up being the number one enemy of humans. And they have this “bad boy” label. And while they try to change, no one thinks they are sincere for what they are: scary animals.
A film about prejudice
The film talks a lot about prejudice and the labels we put on people. The theme is important and allows young viewers to understand that it is necessary to go beyond appearances. For Pierre Perifel, “IThere is a social purpose to the question of “difference” being addressed there. How do we perceive the other? How to learn not to judge “a book by its cover” and therefore “the dress does not make the monk””.”
For Pierre Niney, who lends his voice to the Wolf, “The film talks a lot about the image that others may have of us. These animals don’t get a good press. And this issue is very strong and it is important today to talk about prejudice. Of those people who are ostracized and pigeonholed. It is interesting to see that there is much more behind the scenes, and it is handled in a way that is not at all cartoonish with multiple levels of reading for parents and children..”
Behind this film there is also an ecological message: it is not because these animals seem evil that they should be exterminated. The links that exist between the film’s heroes and the discovery of their true nature allow viewers to understand sharks, wolves, spiders and snakes differently.
For Alice Belaïdi, who lends her voice to the vixen Diane Foxington, “Our generation must wake up and protect and care for all animals before they become extinct. If you are afraid of him, stay away but let him live his life. “
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