With The Bad Boys We can finally say what many on the internet are thinking: Yes, Mr. Wolf is hot. The charismatic thief leads a gang of criminals made up of dangerous animals, and there’s something about his swagger that’s comparable to other animated dog crushes Zootopia‘s Nick Wilde and Disney’s nimble outlaw leader Robin Hood. Luckily, comedian and YouTuber Lilly Singh agrees.
“Mr Wolf is sort of a daddy, I see that now,” Singh told Polygon. “I have never thought about it. But would I insert the DMs? I think I would? I think I would Well, I think Mr. Wolf is pretty hot. I think animals have the swag of someone I think flies. So yeah, I see all of that. I’m not mad at the internet for that.”
And as someone well versed in the inner workings of internet fandom, Singh’s grasp of the ever-changing tastes online draws on years of experience. Singh addressing reporter Tiffany Fluffit The Bad Boys
The Bad Boys isn’t Singh’s first film or voiceover role — she previously voiced some tiny unicorns Ice Age: Collision Course and a deer at Sky Cinema Riverdance: The Animated Adventure. But she’s still getting used to the stark contrast between creating content for the web and doing voice-over work for a film. For one, she says it’s fun to see how all the pieces she makes for one project come together in someone else’s finished work, especially when she’s so used to recording alone. But she still struggles with waiting for the finished product.
“I shot a huge project that took three days and now my editors are editing it and it will be released in the next two days,” she explains. “I can get something done in a day or a week, and then I get instant, instant feedback. I did the voiceover for this film [The Bad Guys
The YouTube space has changed dramatically in the 12 years since Singh posted her first video. Today, creators and influencers are everywhere, saturating social media. It’s easy to forget that once, just over a decade ago, making a living off YouTube was a whole new idea. Singh is delighted to see how much YouTube has changed.
“I think now it’s a lot more undeniable,” she says. “When I started in 2010, a lot of people, including my friends and family, thought: How are you? do you make money How can you? How can you earn your living?
“I think the digital space today is something you can’t deny its power, you can’t deny its longevity, you can’t deny its influence. I think people are really taking this space seriously now and they know it’s a business. Of course when I started it was someone creating and expressing themselves, but people didn’t really see it as a business. Now you can say without a doubt that people who create online are business owners and inevitably have businesses. So that makes me very happy.”
As for her voiceover career, Singh is excited to be a part of it The Bad Boys, which she feels is unlike anything she’s seen in animation before: an action-packed heist that could disrupt the talking animal canon. And if she ever gets a chance to speak to any animal of her choosing, Singh has some thoughts.
“I feel like an animal that is in harmony [being] misinterpreted would be a lion,” she laughs. “I also think I would make a pretty cool lion. That’s a completely selfish answer. I just want to be a lion.”
The Bad Boys is now in cinemas.