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The Nut Job (2014)

The Nut Job is a new animated film about a group of squirrels who plan a heist of a nut shop so they can live fat all winter long.

I actually like this premise, and the title is pretty funny. It basically takes all the Ocean’s 11 and The Brazilian Job type films and animates it with cute, fuzzy animals. Animals animated. I want to keep writing that forever.

Anyways, the main squirrel is named Surly, and he brings in a whole crew to help him rip off the nut shop. Surly was apparently banished to the city, where a squirrel would clearly not want to live, and he’s doing his best to get by, but the city is not a good place for a squirrel. When he finds a way for one last job he takes a role of the dice and sees what it’ll get him.

He might even get a lady-squirrel out of it.

The Nut Job

The Nut Job comes from director Peter Lepeniotis, who made a short film called Surly Squirrel back in 2005, and he’s done a fair bit of work as an animator, but little directing. I swear this film is getting made because of its name.


The Nut Job Trailer

The Nut Job Release Date

January 17, 2014.

Who’s In It?

Katherine Heigl . . . Andie (voice)
Will Arnett . . . Surly (voice)
Brendan Fraser . . . Grayson (voice)
Stephen Lang . . . King (voice)
Jeff Dunham . . . (voice)
Sarah Gadon . . . Lana (voice) 

What’s Good About It?

I have to admit I like the look of the trailer, even though it was a bit basic. The joke about peanut brittle being both a nut and candy was actually hilarious. It might be my mild idiocy talking, but that crap was awesome.

What’s Bad About It?

While I like much of the cast (sans Katherine Heigl), I’m not sold on Will Arnett being able to lead the film to a huge box office success. He’s a talented guy, but I don’t think he’ll do the job of promoting the film and getting it enough press. He’s good. Just not a big enough star to push this over the edge.

Plus it comes out in January.

Our Clever Prediction

I think The Nut Job will be a moderately successful film. The premise seems solid, and while the box office will likely not be huge, I imagine the budget was lower than with a lot of these films. I think there’s a very good chance The Nut Job will be a success.