The Bad Guys is an upcoming computer-animated film based on the Scholastic book series of the same name by Aaron Blabey, produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Universal Pictures. It was directed by Pierre Perifel in his feature film directorial debut and written by Etan Cohen and Hilary Winston. It is set to be released on September 17, 2021.
On March 9, 2018, it was announced that DreamWorks Animation is developing the animated feature film adaptation of the Scholastic book series, titled The Bad Guys. On October 7, 2019, DreamWorks Animation announced that production on the feature film which was based on the Scholastic book series titled The Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey has begun. It was said to have a similar twist on the heist genre that Shrek did on fairy tales, and what Kung Fu Panda did for the kung fu genre. The film would mark the feature directorial debut of Pierre Perifel, a DWA vet who came up through the ranks as the director of the award-winning short Bilby, and as an animator on the Kung Fu Panda franchise.