The Bad Guys: A Very Bad Holiday
Release poster
GenreChristmas heist comedy
Based on
Written byKatherine Nolfi
Directed byBret Haaland
Voices of
Theme music composerBrandon Liew
  • Daniel Futcher[1]
  • Taylor Page[1]
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producers
  • Bret Haaland
  • Katherine Nolfi
  • Aaron Blabey
  • Patrick Hughes[a]
EditorBen Glass
Animation services88 Pictures
Running time25 minutes
Production companyDreamWorks Animation Television
Original release
ReleaseNovember 30, 2023 (2023-11-30)

The Bad Guys: A Very Bad Holiday is a 2023 CG animated Christmas heist comedy television special based on the 2022 film The Bad Guys, which in turn is based on the graphic novel series of the same name. The special serves as a prequel to the original film.

Directed by Bret Haaland, the special premiered on November 30, 2023, on Netflix.[2][3]


Set before the events of the movie, the Bad Guys are riding around the city and looking forward to rob a bank on Christmas, taking advantage that everyone will be celebrating on their homes. At a parade, their car gets tied to a beloved Santa Claus balloon which they end up destroying accidentally. As a result, the city's mood falls so low that Christmas is cancelled. Concerned that their heist will not be possible, the Bad Guys set out to cheer up the city. At first, Webs suggests replacing the balloon with a Santa Claus exoskeleton she has built, but the rest of the gang disagree as it looks too intimidating. Instead, Wolf suggests recreating the balloon, but it ends up looking horrible and is discarded as well.

With 12 hours left for Christmas morning, they plan to break into a radio station to broadcast Christmas carols again —having been replaced with heavy metal music since the cancellation— as Wolf and Snake steal presents to deliver them to people's homes. Though the plan is successful, Wolf feels the need for snow to fully rekindle people's spirit. In order to do that, Webs modifies the shaved ice machine of a street stand, but contrary to her instructions, Wolf increases its power output. Snow begins, but it quickly spirals into an ice storm terrorizing the city. The gang reprimand Wolf's tendency to push things too far, but they forgive him when he admits that he was just trying to give them the best heist ever, instead of showing off. Wolf uses the Santa Claus exoskeleton to deactivate the ice machine. When the storm ends, the exoskeleton becomes the city's new hero and mascot. Through its microphone, Shark tells the citizens to go back to their homes.

The Bad Guys go back to their hideout, but they have now caught a cold and cannot carry out the robbery. To their surprise and dismay, they find presents from Santa Claus for the good deeds they have done. As a result, they begin working on a plan to heist Santa's workshop to prove that they belong on the naughty list.

Voice cast


The special was announced in November 2022,[4] with Bret Haaland as director and an executive producer alongside Katherine Nolfi.[5] In October 2023, TVLine revealed that none of the original film cast would be reprising their respective roles and instead star Godere, Ajeigbe, Ceballos, Diamantopoulos and Low, respectively.[2] Godere provided minor miscellaneous voice work in the feature film.[6]

Other media

A novelization of the same name, by Kate Howard, was released by Scholastic on October 3, 2023.[7]


  1. ^ Both Blabey and Hughes are credited as "Consulting Producers".


  1. ^ a b "The Bad Guys: A Very Bad Holiday (The Bad Guys Holiday Special)". FilmAffinity. November 2, 2023. Retrieved November 2, 2023.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Mitovich, Matt (October 9, 2023). "The Bad Guys Prequel Movie Gets New Voice Cast, Netflix Release Date and First Photos". TVLine. Retrieved October 9, 2023.
  3. ^ Singer, Matt (October 9, 2023). "A 'Bad Guys' Holiday Special Is Coming to Netflix". ScreenCrush. Townsquare Media. Retrieved October 9, 2023.
  4. ^ Amidi, Amid (November 8, 2022). "A New 'Bad Guys' Holiday Special Will Launch On Netflix Next Year". Cartoon Brew. Retrieved November 8, 2022.
  5. ^ Milligan, Mercedes (November 8, 2022). "'The Bad Guys' Plan Holiday Heist for Netflix in 2023". Animation Magazine. Retrieved November 8, 2022.
  6. ^ Milligan, Mercedes (October 9, 2023). "First Look: 'The Bad Guys: A Very Bad Holiday' Brings Merry Mayhem to Netflix". Animation Magazine. Retrieved October 9, 2023.
  7. ^ "The Bad Guys: A Very Bad Holiday Novelization". Scholastic Inc. Retrieved October 3, 2023.