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a frenziedly animated picturesque gang of robbers (on Blu-ray, DVD and VOD)

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As the Bad Guys gang is about to be arrested and sentenced for their numerous thefts, Mr. Wolf pretends to make amends and promises that he and his cronies will become respectable citizens…

• Original title: The Bad Guys
• Media tested: Blu-ray
• Genre: animated
• Year: 2022
• Director: Pierre Perifel
• Cast: (VO voice) Sam Rockwell, Marc Maron, Craig Robinson, Awkwafina, Anthony Ramos, Richard Ayoade, Zazie Beetz, Alex Borstein, Lili Singh (VF voice) Pierre Niney, Igor Gotesman, Jean-Pascal Zadi, Doully, Benoît Cauden, Antoine Schoumsky, Alice Belaidi, Laëtitia Lefevre, Natasha Andrews
• Duration: 1 h 40 min 07
• Video format: 16:9
• Cinema format: 2.39/1
• Subtitling: French, Dutch, English
• Soundtracks: Dolby Atmos TrueHD 7.1 English – Dolby Digital Plus 7.1 French, Dutch – Dolby Digital 5.1 Flemish
• Bonus in VOST: audio commentary with director Pierre Perifel, producer Damon Ross, artistic director Nelson Yokota, character animation manager JP Sans and production designer Luc Desmarchelier (VO) – unreleased short film The Maraschino Ruby (VOST and VF, 1.85/1, 3 min 50) – 5 deleted or alternative scenes: original opening sequence, cobra strike, confidential visit, impossible to pretend, end credits, sad researcher (10 min 52 ) – the design of Bad Guys (6 min 56) – the choice of actors (5 modules, 6 min 46) – Place at the showremote reading (5 min 51) – ice cream workshop: popsicle recipes (3 min 33) – ice cream workshop: Decorate popsicles (3 modules, 3 min 26) – Draw: create a storyboard ( 4 min 32) – Drawing: drawing the characters (5 modules, 11 min 44)
• Publisher: Universal Pictures France

Art commentary

The Bad Guys, directed by Frenchman Pierre Perifel, trained at the Émile-Cohl art school and at Les Gobelins, is an animation based on the successful graphic novels “Les Super wicked” (“The Bad Guys”) published since 2015 (2017 in France) by Aaron Blabey. The models of this DreamWorks animation are clearly American heist films, a subgenre illustrated, among other things, by the trilogy and derivative Ocean’s Eleven (2001–2018), films themselves based on the original The Stranger of Las Vegas (1960). But, as its author claims, The Bad Guys draws its references above all from the world of Quentin Tarentino: an opening inspired by pulp Fiction (1994) and codes borrowed from Reservoir Dogs (1992). Filled with allusions, as it should be, the film quotes the animations Shark gangs (2004), Fantastic Mr Fox (2009), the manga “Lupin III” (1967) and the cult Blues Brothers (1980). Through its sumptuous urban settings (streets, buildings, museum), its car chases and its costumes, The Bad Guys is a strong tribute to the America of the 60s and to the city of Los Angeles. Scripted among others by Etan Cohen, the animation takes up the typical story of the heist film with exposure of the meeting of robbers with typical characters, then the passage to the act. The great innovative difference of the plot is to have replaced the characters with totally improbable and undeniably comical animals that coexist alongside humans: a wolf, a snake, a shark, a piranha and a tarantula! All these characters borrow their voices from movie stars, so Mr. Loup will have that of Sam Rockwell in VO and Pierre Niney in VF. After a brilliant and long opening scene and exposition, Quentin Tarentino style, The Bad Guys skillfully combines gags, witty dialogue and plenty of unbridled action sequences without any slack. The shimmering and nostalgic aesthetic, combining 2D and 3D techniques, is rather successful and the skilful staging does not hesitate to use split screen typical of the 60s! One of the best assets of this animation is the coherence of its story, certainly classic, but very well structured, avoiding digressions and unnecessary details: while young audiences will be able to enjoy the very trendy frenzy of the action, the most adults will appreciate a certain quality of the plot, probably a little too classic and much too hypertrophied, and of the characterization of the characters. The film is based on a benevolent idea, that of bad guys capable of transforming themselves into good “people”: an intelligent orientation that allows this animation, aimed at children over six, to develop the villains of the protagonists before the Good takes over. triumph. Not completely delusional but extremely entertaining, The Bad Guys is a fun animation to watch with the family.

The Bad Guys Blu-ray

Technical Comment

Image : HD copy, very good definition and successful textures (image designed on a computer), excellent contrast for a bright image with deep blacks, warm and shimmering calibration, vivid colorimetry with nuanced hues

His : English mix Dolby Atmos, clear and balanced dubbing voices, excellent dynamics on the many action atmospheres (vehicles) and the energetic music of Daniel Pemberton, ample spatialization with permanent surround effects, effective height channels, occasionally powerful LFE; VF 7.1, clear and very energetic, very neat dubbing with known voices, very good open and spectacular horizontal spatialization, just missing the height channels of the VO

Our opinion

Image : Red StarRed StarRed StarRed Stargray star(4/5)
Sound mixes: blue Starblue Starblue Starblue Starblue Star(5/5)
Bonuses: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed Stargray star(4/5)
Packaging: blue Starblue Starhalf blue stargray stargray star(2.5/5)

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