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Today in Nerd History | April 22

Hold onto your loot and fasten your seat belts, because today we’re celebrating the high-octane heist and rollicking good fun of “The Bad Guys.”

2022: The Bad Guys (Theaters)

Hitting theaters in 2022, this animated caper turned the heist genre on its tail, following a crackerjack crew of animal outlaws as they attempted their most challenging con yet—becoming model citizens. With a stylish blend of humor, heart, and action, “The Bad Guys” proved that even the slickest of villains could find their inner heroes.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • Star-Studded Voices: “The Bad Guys” boasts an impressive cast of voice actors including Sam Rockwell, Awkwafina, Anthony Ramos, and Marc Maron, each bringing a unique charm and comedic flair to their lovable rogue characters. Their performances add layers of personality and humor that elevate the film beyond the typical animated feature.
  • From Page to Screen: The movie is based on the popular children’s book series by Aaron Blabey. The film adaptation captures the spirit of the books while expanding on its world and exploring the characters’ backstories in greater depth, introducing them to a broader audience.
  • A Unique Blend of Animation Styles: The animation style of “The Bad Guys” is particularly noteworthy for blending traditional animation techniques with a more modern, sleek aesthetic that mimics graphic novels. This unique style sets it apart visually from many other animated films and serves as a nod to its literary origins.

“The Bad Guys” not only delivered laughs and thrills but also tucked in some heartfelt lessons about redemption and the power of change, wrapped up in a slick, stylish package. As we celebrate its anniversary on April 22, we’re reminded of the joy and creativity that animation can bring to storytelling, no matter the age of the audience. So here’s to the misfits and the mischief-makers who show us that sometimes, being a little bad can turn out pretty good. Happy Nerd History Day to all the fans of turning expectations upside down!

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