Why ‘The Bad Guys’ was one of the most exhilarating experiences for the makers

Author producer Aaron Blabey and director and animator Pierre Perifel talk about the responsibility of adapting the beloved book series “The Bad Guys” into a movie

Author producer Aaron Blabey and director and animator Pierre Perifel talk about the responsibility of adapting the beloved book series “The Bad Guys” into a movie

When the French filmmaker Pierre Perifel was contacted to work on the animated film adaptation of The Bad Guys, he was proud to discover that author and executive producer Aaron Blabey had the greatest confidence in him. “I understood early on that Pierre was extremely good at what he does and very respected for my work. I felt completely comfortable with his vision from day one,” Balbey recalls.

The Bad Guys follows a hapless team of expert thieves who try to transform their “unreliable” image into “model citizens” – all to avoid imprisonment for their past robberies. Of course, many setbacks and lots of merriment follow. And to top it off, the film features some recognizable voices such as Awkwafina, Lilly Singh, Craig Robinson, Sam Rockwell and more.

In an interview with HindusBlabey and Perifel talk about their reservations and triumphs when they carried out a project that is now garnering a lot of love from the audience

When we see more adaptations from books to animated films, where do you both see the responsibility for the usual production houses lies in telling a story loyally but with a fresh voice?

Peripheral: I think it is of the utmost importance in today’s overcrowded climate, that ordinary houses can convey messages to an audience in an elevated way at the same time as they press on the envelope. The role of the media and stories – and of those who tell them – is crucial in continuing to educate and enlighten us all, regardless of our target audience.

It is important to be at the forefront of creativity, generosity and kindness through what is posted there. And when it comes to an animated film aimed at younger audiences, to be there not only for fun or entertainment, but also to promote reflection and critical thinking. And part of the game is to be able to constantly reinvent the way we do it, both in storytelling and image.

Blabey: There is a long, sad story of beloved books being turned into horrible movies. But as a writer, I have just experienced the very best scenario. DreamWorks made my dreams come true. They just did.

Pierre, how did you, as a director, help encourage a team that was thieves?

Peripheral: I think it all came from my own way of looking at things. My best experience ever as a filmmaker had been as a student, with only a team of five, struggling in the trenches to come up with something that would make us both excited and inspired. That was what I wanted to experience again The Bad Guys.

From the beginning, the mission for all of us (first a very small team of creative leaders, and then later the entire crew) was to have fun and not take ourselves too seriously. I think this mentality seeped down to everyone, and this made it one of the best trips I have been on. For me, it’s the perfect way to feel safe, secure and reliable in what I do, and I guess most people feel the same way. A sense of camaraderie, in the end, I think appears on screen quite clearly.

Can you both talk about the balance between the serious theme of redemption within the easy nature of animation?

Blabey: When I create my books, my focus is on conveying my deeper messages with the most exciting and fun delivery methods that I can conjure up. If you make the story fun, engaging and genuinely surprising, then you can see whatever “message” you choose … The message becomes almost subliminal.

Peripheral: I believe that every good story, deep down, has a message, a moral, that it tries to convey as simply as possible. In our case, based on the books and characters of our characters, the ideas of redemption, other chances, and not judging a book by its cover were part of the story’s DNA. But in order for this question to be explored, you must first have your audience remain involved in the story and its characters from beginning to end.

When dealing with a family audience, one of the key aspects is obviously to tell it in an entertaining way. That’s why animated films are so powerful, and that’s why I love them so much. Because you can talk about important things, discuss important themes in a safe environment, in a simplified way so it engages everyone. The Bad Guys is no exception.

The Bad Guys coming to YouTube Movies later this year.

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