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The Bad Guys Land Netflix Holiday Special

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On November 1 Dreamworks’ The Bad Guys was added to the Netflix library, at least for the time being. The animated movie was #1 on the US charts for the week of October 31 – November 6, and hasn’t left the Top 10 yet. Netflix is likely very pleased with the movie’s performance because they just ordered a Christmas special starring the characters.

The special — which has yet to be titled — will be directed by Emmy winner Bret Haaland (The Penguins of Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness). Haaland is also serving as executive producer alongside Katherina Nolfi (Abominable and the Invisible City). There is no word if Sam Rockwell, Mark Maron, Anthony Ramos, Craig Robinson and Awkwafina will be reprising their roles.

I don’t think it’s spoiling anything by mentioning by the end of the film, the Bad Guys are no longer bad (it’s called a character arc and the same one occurred in both Despicable Me and Megamind; they weren’t likely to stop now). Does this mean the holiday special will be about their fresh attempts to work on the good side? Not necessarily.

Netflix’s press release says the special will be a prequel, set before the movie. Wolf, Snake, Shark, Piranha and Webs will still be scoundrels addicted to the thrill of the heist — with a seasonal twist. “There’s nothing the Bad Guys love more than Christmas morning — because while everyone is home opening presents, it’s the perfect time to execute their city-wide holiday heist. But when Christmas is unexpectedly canceled, the Bad Guys must do the unthinkable: reignite the city’s holiday spirit by giving instead of taking.”

If you missed the theatrical release of The Bad Guys last April…well, the movie’s right there on Netflix, but it’s also getting one last big screening soon — though you have to be living in LA. The Bad Guys will be a double bill alongside an advance screening of Puss in Boots: The Last Wish at the American Cinametheque’s Aero Theatre. The screening will happen November 27 and include a Q&A session with the directors of both films.