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DreamWorks’ ‘The Bad Guys’ and ‘Puss in Boots: The Last Wish’ Get Release Dates

Adaptation of Aaron Blabey’s book series about notorious bad guys going good debuts April 15, 2022; Antonio Banderas reprises his role as the suave feline outlaw in the new sequel premiering September 23, 2022.

Universal Pictures and DreamWorks Animation (DWA) have announced the upcoming release of The Bad Guys and Puss In Boots: The Last Wish. Both animated features replace an Untitled DreamWorks Animation Film on the schedule:

The Bad Guys will be released on Friday, April 15, 2022.

After a lifetime of pulling legendary heists, five notorious bad guys—Mr. Wolf, Mr. Snake, Mr. Piranha, Mr. Shark and Ms. Tarantula—attempt their most challenging job yet…going good. Nobody has ever failed so hard at trying to be good as The Bad Guys, an all-new animated feature film from DreamWorks Animation.

Based on the bestselling Scholastic blockbuster book series by Aaron Blabey, The Bad Guys is directed by Pierre Perifel (director, DWA award-winning short Bilby; animator, the Kung Fu Panda films), making his feature-directing debut. The film is produced by Damon Ross (co-producer, Nacho Libre) and Rebecca Huntley (co-producer Abominable, associate producer, The Boss Baby). The executive producers are Blabey, Etan Cohen, and Patrick Hughes.

Puss In Boots: The Last Wish will be released on Friday, September 23, 2022.

Puss in Boots is back in action with the sequel to DreamWorks Animation’s 2011 Oscar-nominated film, Puss in Boots. Puss In Boots: The Last Wish is directed by Joel Crawford and produced by Mark Swift, the creative team behind The Croods: A New Age. Antonio Banderas returns, reprising his role as the voice behind the suave feline outlaw.

In the new film, Puss in Boots discovers that his passion for adventure has taken its toll - he has burned through eight of his nine lives, leaving him with only one life left. Puss sets out on an epic journey to find the mythical “Last Wish” and restore his nine lives. 

The character of Puss in Boots first appeared in 2004’s Oscar-nominated Shrek 2 and instantly became a scene-stealing sensation. Puss then co-starred in two other Shrek sequels before landing his first solo film, 2011’s Puss in Boots. The character has also appeared in DWA videos and TV series, including DreamWorks Shrek’s Swamp Stories.

Source: NBCUniversal