The Bad Guys – Blu-ray Review

The Bad Guys

The Bad Guys revolve around the simple idea that five notoriously villainous creatures in folklore and pop culture are trying to be good. However, the movie is much more than a quasi-rip off of Wreck-It Ralph. First of all, The Bad Guys is a heist film that steals from the classics. It takes the style and energy of Lupin The Third and combines it with the swagger and cool of the Ocean’s trilogy. These impeccable influences make for an entertaining caper that everyone in the family will enjoy.

The film isn’t perfect, though. The plot might be too overly complicated with the amount of double and triple crosses in the flick. Thus, the youngest members of the audience may get lost. While some of those pieces don’t quite work, there’s plenty of good to entertain audiences. There’s so much fast-paced action, funny quips, and goofy antics to help alleviate the movie’s flaws.

Not to mention, the voice cast of The Bad Guys is pitch-perfect from top to bottom. Sam Rockwell (Wolf), Marc Maron (Snake), Awkwafina (Tarantula), Craig Robinson (Shark), and Anthony Ramos (Piranha) have incredible chemistry and bring their own unique charm to the crew. At the same time, Zazie Beetz, Richard Ayoade, and Alex Borstein are all excellent (and hilarious) in their roles too.

Although The Bad Guys take influences from so many things, the animation style is wholly unique in the animation world. The cool animation styles merge 3D with an illustrative style reminiscent of Aaron Blabey’s books. It’s a fresh animation style and absolutely gorgeous to boot.

Overall, The Bad Guys is a good time for its slick style, solid characters, and stealing from the best that the heist genre has to offer. Then again, The Bad Guys aren’t on the same level as other top-tier animated films. Unfortunately, the movie misses so many opportunities to reach that level.

Movie Rating: 3.5/5 atoms

The Bad Guys - Lilly Singh and Richard Ayoade

Video

The Bad Guys hit Blu-ray with a 1080p MPEG-AVC with a 2.39:1 aspect ratio. Since this is an animated film, the picture quality consistency is stellar throughout. For one thing, the whites a vibrant while the shadows are inky black. Since this is an animated film, the color palette bursts through the seams in this fun caper. Also, the Los Angeles setting gives the picture a pleasant warm tint. While that enhances the look of the red and orange colors, the cool colors have a rich boldness to them as well. The picture is also crisp throughout. The movie’s combination of 3D and a 2D illustrative style is nicely showcased, even in this 1080p Blu-ray release. There is a surprisingly good amount of film grain in this animated film—something you don’t necessarily see in a movie like this.

Video Rating: 5/5 atoms

The Bad Guys - Zazie Beetz and Sam Rockwell

Audio

The Bad Guys hit Blu-ray with a Dolby Atmos and a core 7.1 Dolby TrueHD Master Audio track. This review will reflect The Bad Guys‘ Dolby Atmos track. Even though the audio mix isn’t as boisterous as you might think, it’s still a fun track. The film has several dynamic action sequences with equally energetic panning sound effects. It’s especially true in the film’s climax when the hypnotized guinea pigs move all over the soundstage. Since the score fills up the stage most of the time, there are not a lot of instances where atmospherics come into play. However, these effects are distinct when it appears. Daniel Pemberton’s score fills up the entire soundstage from the overheads to the surround channels. Of course, the dialogue is audible and clean sounding throughout the movie.

Audio Rating: 4.5/5 atoms

The Bad Guys - Awkwafina, Craig Robinson, Anthony Ramos, Sam Rockwell, and Marc Maron

Special Features

The Bad Guys‘ Blu-ray disc has the following special features on the disc:

  • Maraschino Ruby
  • Deleted Scenes
    • Original Opening
    • Snake Attack
    • Extra Secret Base Tour
    • You Can’t Fake Good
    • Post Credits – Scientist Button
  • Devise the Plan: Making The Bad Guys
  • Assemble the Crew
    • Wolf – Sam Rockwell
    • Snake – Marc Maron
    • Shark – Craig Robinson
    • Tarantula – Awkwafina
    • Piranha – Anthony Ramos
  • It’s Showtime: Cast Table Read
  • Snake’s Frozen Pop Shop
    • Frozen Pop Recipes
    • How to Disguise Your Frozen Pop
  • From the Drawing Room
    • How To Storyboard
    • How To Draw
      • Wolf
      • Snake
      • Shark
      • Tarantula
      • Piranha
  • Feature Commentary with Director Pierre Peril, Producer Damon Ross, Head of Story Nelson Yokota, Head of Character Animation JP Sans, and Production Designer Luc Desmarchelier
Features Assessment

Maraschino Ruby is an entertaining short highlighted by the comedic prowess of Alex Borstein and Craig Robinson. The deleted scenes are rough animated sketches that never made it to the 3D animation stage. Some of the scenes are pretty good, so it’s a shame they didn’t make it to the final cut.

The featurettes aren’t necessarily in-depth, but there are still some good bits on there. Making The Bad Guys is a rapid mishmash of several different subjects. It quickly covers the movie’s genesis, the cast, a scene creation, and the style. At the same time, Assemble the Crew is another quick look at the cast and characters of the movie. 

Of course, the best feature in this release is the Cast Table Read. Seeing the entire cast go over their lines for one of the most entertaining scenes in the movie is quite fun. Sadly, you can find a version of this table read on Universal’s YouTube page. As you might expect, Frozen Pop Shop and Drawing Room are bonus activities catered primarily for kids. Unfortunately, the audio commentary starts a bit bland. However, as the movie progresses, everyone gets more comfortable talking more in-depth about the film. 

Special Features Rating: 3.5/5 atoms


Overall, The Bad Guys is an enjoyable animated caper anchored by its fresh animation style and stellar voice cast. Though, don’t expect the film to be on par with some top-level animated films. The video and audio presentations are superb, but, unfortunately, the bonus features are a bit lacking.

Overall Rating: 4/5 atoms

The Bad Guys hit stores on Blu-ray on June 21st.

This Blu-ray was reviewed using a retail/advance copy/unit provided by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

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