‘The Nut Job’ Trailer: A Heist Movie with Talking Animals

Published 11 months ago by , Updated October 2nd, 2013 at 7:34 am,

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Surly the squirrel is a bit of an iconoclast. Bitter and misanthropic, Surly is kicked out of the local squirrel community to fend for himself in the city streets. Desperate for food to survive the winter, Surly comes up with a daring plan to knock over a nut vendor and eat like a king (of rodents). With a ragtag team of likeminded rats, moles, and gophers at his side, Surly sets out to commit a heist of not-so-epic proportions in The Nut Job.

The first trailer for this animated family comedy has arrived, and it is . . . pretty much exactly what you would expect. Sudden dancing, fart jokes, and a slobbery dog are all present and accounted for.

In all honesty, this preview for The Nut Job looks fairly dire. Beyond its modestly clever title and premise, the film doesn’t show off anything that hasn’t already been done in dozens of CGI-animated films featuring talking animals. Though there is a hint of the kind of the screwball zaniness that can keep even a cliché-ridden flick moving, the mid-January release date suggests a title being dumped in the off-season.

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Of course, many unexpectedly great movies have been tripped up during their promotional phase by mediocre or outright terrible previews. The wonderfully daffy original Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs featured trailers that underplayed its true comic sensibilities, and as such, came as a pleasant surprise upon release. With any luck, The Nut Job is making a similar mistake, holding back its real strengths in lieu of yet more farting animals.

The Nut Job boasts the voice talents of Will Arnett (Arrested Development), Katherine Heigl (The Big Wedding), Brendan Fraser (The Mummy), Maya Rudolph (Turbo), Liam Neeson (A Million Ways to Die in the West), and Stephen Lang (Avatar). The film is directed by Peter Lepeniotis (Fantasia 2000).

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The Nut Job will scurry into theaters on January 17th, 2014.

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  1. Sounds like porn

  2. Am I the only one that thinks this is a complete re-hash of “Over the Hedge”. Seems like the exact same movie but they’re rocking the city… instead of the suburbs. You know, like quiet riot did. :)

    • Listen, it doesn’t matter if it is a remake of “Over The Hedge”. Its a good movie for kids to watch.

  3. Sounds like a hushed “over the hedge” remake to me.

  4. Looks awful. It has just about every cliche in the book, and that text that keeps coming up is just like in every other kids film trailer. I am so bored with all the CGI animation at the moment. It really didn’t take long after “Toy Story” for it all to seem a little stale. Even Pixar stuff seems very uninspired nowadays.

  5. Looks awful. It has just about every cliche in the book, and that text that keeps coming up is just like in every other kids film trailer. I am so bored with all the CGI animation at the moment. It really didn’t take long after “Toy Story” for it all to seem a little stale. Even Pixar stuff seems very uninspired nowadays.

  6. While there might be some similarities to Over the Hedge in the basic plot, it is actually quite different. Not to mention much more visually appealing. I’m afraid it is suffering from poor marketing at the moment. Hopefully the next trailer will be better.

  7. Agreed. Another trailer is required. The trailer doesn’t do the story justice. Just read the breakdown from movieinsider.
    A bank heist doesn’t sound anything boring.
    This should be quite interesting.

    Storyline

    After being banished to the city, the mischievous Surly Squirrel plans a nut store heist of outrageous proportions and gets caught up in a convoluted bank heist.

    Surly, a curmudgeon, independent squirrel is banished from his park and forced to survive in the city. Lucky for him, he stumbles on the one thing that may be able to save his life, and the rest of park community, as they gear up for winter – Maury’s Nut Store.

  8. Wow! Not only a complete Over the Hedge looking copy, but lacking the punch of Hedge. The “incoming” gas thing…Really?!? Please… Hollywood. Go buy a family with actual human being kids to lunch… spend 5 minutes with a person not working in a Hollywood studio and you will see why this trailer looks so weak.

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