A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Kids can talk about what common themes of holiday movies are parodied in this short film.
Friends matter. Giving feels good. We celebrate traditions because they bring us together.
Positive Role Models
The "bad guys" think they want to steal, but they end up giving and getting. They think they want to act selfishly, but they end up acting in ways that benefit all.
Characters represent different species and presumably genders, and the voice cast behind them is very diverse. A female tech wizard with hacking skills seems to be female. A female journalist is lampooned as full of exaggeration and hyperbole; her last name is "Fluffit." Heavy metal music is meant to represent the opposite of the Christmas spirit.
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Violence & Scariness
A car nearly crashes into people. A balloon hits a building and causes a fire. Two characters have a physical fight. A robot shoots fire. An ice machine goes out of control and blows people off the ground.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
An animal character's clothes are blown off its body and he is embarrassed and tells others to look away (they don't).
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"Brat," "freak," "gross," "bah-humbuggery," "normies," "needy," "nefarious."
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Products & Purchases
The bad guys are waiting for shops and banks to close for Christmas so they can rob them. Christmas seems to revolve around gift-giving and the figure of Santa Claus.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Bad Guys: A Very Bad Holiday is a 25-minute short film based on the book series and serves as a kind of prequel to the feature film. Characters aim to do bad things, like stealing, for selfish reasons, but they end up doing good. Likewise, they consider themselves naughty, but they might actually be nice. They get themselves into all kinds of scenarios that include some cartoon violence, like a car nearly crashing into people, a balloon that hits a building and causes a fire, a physical fight, a fire-shooting robot, and an ice machine that goes out of control and blows people off the ground. An animal character's clothes are blown off his body; he's embarrassed and tells others to look away (they don't). Teasing language includes "brat," "freak," "gross," "bah-humbuggery," "normies," "needy," and "nefarious." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This very funny short film has enough goofy dialogues to make you want to hit replay after its 25 minutes ends, just to see what you might have missed. There's a certain mature humor to The Bad Guys: A Very Bad Holiday that also won't be lost on kids. A security guard with daddy issues, characters who want to be bad but are actually good deep down, and the shame the "bad guys" feel when Santa puts them on his nice list are all laughable scenarios. This action-packed tale lampoons the way people seem to have no resistance to feel-good Christmas tunes or a snowy holiday ambiance, but it does so in the spirit of an inside joke built around a warm familiarity. We're laughing at ourselves too, and that feels good.
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Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.