The Bad Guys Toolkit

In celebration of the 2022 movie The Bad Guys, a film about five animal outlaws aiming to go good, WWF and DreamWorks Animation have teamed up to raise awareness about the plight of the real wildlife depicted in the film.

Learning Activities

This content pack contains science and social emotional learning activities about ecosystems, the value in diversity, and what you learn when you don’t judge a book by its cover.

  • If You Can't Say Anything Nice...

    In this SEL activity, children will use vocabulary skills to identify different emotions they feel when thinking of various animals. Children will learn that every animal brings value to its ecosystem while relating it to their own lives and embracing diversity amongst people.

    Recommended for grades K-2

  • Don't Judge a Snake By its Scales

    Children will learn to view stereotyped ‘bad guys’ for more than their first impressions. This SEL lesson teaches various aspects of social awareness and will also encourage kids to look inward at their own identities and perceptions as a practice in self-awareness.

    Recommended for grades 3-5

  • Science

    The "Good Guys" of Ecosystems

    Learners will read animal ID cards of their favorite The Bad Guys characters and what role their species play in real life. They will learn about the importance of every organism in an ecosystem and how these “bad guys” are actually “good guys” through the part they play in their ecosystem.
    Recommended for grades 3-5


  • Piranha's Word Search

    Piranha's Word Search

  • Tarantula's Spider Web Maze

    Tarantula's Spider Web Maze

  • Spot the Difference

    Spot the Difference

The Bad Guys and Their Importance to Biodiversity

WWF and DreamWorks Animation have teamed up to raise awareness about the plight of the real wildlife depicted in the new animated movie The Bad Guys. Join us for a discussion with the film’s director, Pierre Perifel, and WWF’s Northern Great Plains program officer Noelle Guernsey about how these and other “bad guys” really aren’t bad at all. We’ll learn why animals, from wolves to prairie dogs and black-footed ferrets, are important despite their misguided reputations and why biodiversity is essential for the health of our planet. For more educational videos and Q&A sessions with our experts, subscribe to WWF's Wild Classroom YouTube channel.

About the Partnership

Giavanna Grein

The Bad Guys

The Bad Guys tells the story of Mr. Wolf, Mr. Snake, Mr. Piranha, Mr. Shark, and Ms. Tarantula and their attempt to become model citizens. The movie may call these animals “The Bad Guys,” but when it comes to roles in their natural ecosystem, animals like wolves, sharks, snakes, tarantulas, and piranhas do a lot of good. In fact, all organisms a valuable role in keeping their native ecosystems balanced and thriving. While WWF works to protect wolves, snakes, piranhas, sharks, tarantulas, and other wildlife and their habitats, DreamWorks Animation takes you on an adventure with these misunderstood creatures.

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