Even though it’s based on a popular series of children’s books, if you’ve seen Disney’s Zootopia (2016), you’ve seen the better version of The Bad Guys. As far as entertainment for children, it’s nothing to avoid and it’s likely young audiences will latch onto the fun characters and well-cast voices. It’s a brisk and silly affair with enjoyable animation and a fun score by Daniel Pemberton (Into the Spiderverse).

We have a group of “scary animals” in a world where anthropomorphized creatures carry out the usual day-to-day jobs. The spooky creatures get a bad rap because they’re fear, so the characters lean into social prejudices and become a notorious criminal gang.

Having an all-animal heist crew provides some creative entertainment and Ocean’s 11 style moments of frivolous fun; particularly the giant shark is the team’s “master” of disguise. The character arcs, supposed betrayals, redemption, and plot should be familiar and predictable, which means much of the movie must coast on the appeal of the animation, voice actors, and general sense of humor.

The Bad Guys is suitable fun for animation aficionados, fans of the book series, and people who have never seen Zootopia, and if that’s you, enjoy.

About The Author

Founder, Awards Editor

Byron is the Awards Editor and Founder of Awards Focus, in addition to being a National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Award winning journalist for his work at The Hollywood Reporter.

Working as a journalist and moderator, Byron hosts Emmy and Oscar panels for the major studios, featuring their Below The Line and Above The Line nominees (in partnership with their respective guilds).

Moderating highlights include Ingle Dodd's Behind the Slate Screening Series for Emmy and Oscar nominees, The ArcLight's Hitting the High Note Oscar series, The Hollywood Music and Media Academy FYC Series, and Emmy & Oscar panels for Society of Lyricists and Composers.

Byron's panels range from FX's Fargo to Netflix's The Crown, The Queen's Gambit, & Bridgerton; HBO Max's The Flight Attendant, Hacks, Succession, Insecure, Lovecraft Country & The White Lotus; and the Apple TV + hit series Ted Lasso.

In February of 2020, Byron hosted and organized the Aiding Australia Initiative; launched to assist in the restoration and rehabilitation of Australia's wildlife (an estimated 3 billion animals killed or maimed and a landmass the size of Syria decimated).

Participating talent for Aiding Australia includes Robert Downey Jr., Michael Keaton, Jeremy Renner, Harrison Ford, Jim Carrey, Josh Brolin, Bryan Cranston, Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, JK Simmons, Tobey Maguire, Alfred Molina, James Franco, Danny Elfman, Kim Basinger, Robert Wuhl, Tim Allen, Colin Hay, Drew Struzan, and Michael Rosenbaum.

Byron is also a patent holding inventor, screenwriter, and songwriter (X-Men Apocalypse) in addition to being a proud member of The Society of Lyricists & Composers and BMI.

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