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THE NUT JOB 2: NUTTY BY NATURE
Surly and his friends are back in the action-packed animated adventure, The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature, coming to Digital on October 31, 2017 and on Blu-rayTM, DVD, and On Demand on November 14, 2017 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Filled with heart and animal hijinks, this family friendly comedy introduces new fan-favorite characters including Mr. Feng (Jackie Chan, Kung Fu Panda), the adorable but deadly city mouse, and Frankie, the love-struck bulldog (Bobby Canavale, Ant-Man).
The film also features an incredible voice cast including Will Arnett (Lego Batman), Katherine Heigl (“Grey’s Anatomy”), Maya Rudolph (Bridesmaids), Bobby Moynihan (“Saturday Night Live”), Isabela Moner (Transformers: The Last Knight), Jeff Dunham (Smurfs: The Lost Village) and Gabriel Iglesias (The Fluffy Movie).
The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature comes packed with exciting bonus content including deleted scenes, special animation and art reels as well as a feature commentary with the filmmakers, giving viewers a peek inside the making of the film and how the characters were brought to life.
Surly Squirrel (Arnett) and the gang are back, returning to Liberty Park after they are forced to leave their easy life at the nut store. Getting back to nature is the last thing Surly wants to do, but when a greedy mayor decides to destroy the park to build an amusement park, Surly and his ragtag critter friends must band together to save the place they call home.
BLU-RAYTM, DVD AND DIGITAL BONUS FEATURES:
- Deleted Scene
- Animation Progression Reels: Watch as two key scenes are brought to life, from storyboard and pre-visualization, to final animation, lighting and effects.
- Concept Art Reel: See the concept art that inspired animators to create the world of The Nut Job 2.
- Feature Commentary with Director/Co-Writer Cal Brunker and Producer/Co-Writer Bob Barlen
The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature is the sequel to 2014’s The Nut Job. This continues the story of a park animals who must find a new food source when their beloved nut shop burns down. There are a few jokes, gags in which a character is electrocuted, bonked on the head, or injured for laughs. But some of the human characters use weapons, particularly the gun-toting mayor. Fun movie for family movie night or for the kids on a rainy day..
WHAT’S THE STORY?
In THE NUT JOB 2, Surly (voiced by Will Arnett), Andie (Katherine Heigl), and their gang of animal friends end up losing a secure food supply when their home, the nut shop, burns down due to their own neglect. At first Andie enthusiastically tries to convince the group that they can just scrounge for food in the park, but Will and Buddy (Tom Kenny) try to find easier, more secure food venues. They come up short and soon learn that the greedy town mayor (Bobby Moynihan) is planning to tear down the park and put up a profitable amusement park instead. When the animal squad tries to sabotage the construction, the mayor hires an animal control specialist to hunt them down. Surly, Andie, and their friends must band together with unlikely allies to save their park — and one another.
IS IT ANY GOOD?
It’s not particularly memorable, but this animated sequel will still appeal to younger viewers who have a low bar for entertainment: talking animals, silly jokes, and sight gags. The plot of The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature is slim and unoriginal (and, for that matter, not entirely consistent with the original’s ending), but at the very least, there are continued positive themes about teamwork and friendship. Home, these animals believe, isn’t about biological instincts to be out in the woods, but rather their commitment to be with one another.
The only good parts are a sweet flashback to how Surly and Buddy became friends and the fact that Jackie Chan voices the leader of a huge crew of adorable white mice with amazing kung fu skills. They’re cuddly and wide-eyed — but never call them “cute,” or they will hurt you. Other than that part of the story, when the mice martial artists make themselves known, there’s just not a lot to propel the movie beyond the level of mediocrity that parents willingly endure to make their kids happy. But parents — and kids — deserve more from family-friendly movies than unnecessary sequels with nothing substantive to contribute or say.
TALK TO YOUR KIDS ABOUT …
- Families can talk about the ongoing popularity of talking-animal movies. Why do you think so many movies like The Nut Job 2 have animal main characters? Which are your favorites?
- What’s the movie’s message about teamwork, friendship, and community? Does it promote any character strengths?
- Which parts were scary to you? Why? How much scary stuff can young kids handle?
- Do you think there should be another Nut Job sequel? Why or why not?
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