Mr. Wolf, Mr. Snake, Mr. Shark, Mr. Piranha, and Ms. Tarantula are a well-rehearsed team who have done many crooked things. When the five work together and play to their respective abilities, no treasure in the world is safe from them. But the winning streak comes to an end when they try to steal a golden dolphin and are caught doing so. Only a miracle can save them now. And indeed: such a thing had happened before, when Mr. Wolf helped an elderly lady, quite unselfishly, and somehow felt good about it. And so he convinces the philanthropist, Prof. Marmelade, that they all deserve a second chance. He is enthusiastic about the idea of making good animals out of the gang of villains, in exchange for the punishment being waived.
“The Bad Guys” begins as an over-the-top heist movie in which animals have taken the roles of humans. Later, the focus shifts to the themes of prejudice and determinism, when wolves, sharks, and co. are also allowed to discover good sides in themselves. Due to the younger target group, this is not too profound, but still welcome, also entertaining, and implemented with an appealing look.