Dreamworks Animation’s recent feature The Bad Guys will be spun off as a holiday special that will debut on Netflix in 2023.

  • The special is being directed by Dreamworks Animation vet Bret Haaland (executive producer on Fast & Furious Spy Racers, All Hail King Julien, Monsters vs. Aliens series, and Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness) and executive produced by Haaland and Katherine Nolfi.
  • Logline: “Set before the events of the feature, 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.”
  • The Bad Guys opened at no. 1 in the U.S. earlier this year and spent two weekends atop the domestic box office. The film, adapted from Aaron Blabey’s best-selling book series, has grossed over $248 million worldwide.
  • The film debuted on Netflix U.S. on November 1st and topped Netflix’s weekly Top 10 Films in the United States for the week of October 31-November 6. The film is part of a convoluted licensing deal between Netflix and Universal, in which Universal’s animated features are shared between the Peacock streaming service and Netflix.

Watch Cartoon Brew and INBTWN Animation‘s interview with The Bad Guys film director Pierre Perifel:

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