'The Nut Job 2' is coming
We covered animated feature The Nut Job thoroughly upon its release in January 2014. If you enjoyed it, I have good news: a sequel is coming August 18, entitled The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature.
The Nut Job was about a group of anthropomorphized city wildlife led by Surly Squirrel raiding an out-of-business nut shop while a gang of bank robbers are using it as a cover for their heist. The movie is semi-famous for having been almost universally reviled by the critics before its release – it got a 12% rating on Rotten Tomatoes – then getting a very favorable audience when it came out.
It was produced by ToonBox Entertainment in Toronto, and mostly financed by South Korean investors. The Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism of the Republic of Korea got a credit. They even threw some love by having the animal cast plus an animated Psy, the popular South Korean singer-dancer, break into “Gangnam Style” over the closing credits.
The Nut Job made lots of money, so nobody doubted there would be The Nut Job 2. The critics are mostly silent this early. Cartoon Brew, one of the loudest predictors of doom for the first movie, and which bad-mouthed its success -- “It was a great weekend for subpar family CG films starring animals” -- has given a sugary approval for this sequel.
You might have an opinion on the trailer and you might not, but if you’re over the age of six, you really shouldn’t have an opinion at all. Do you review infant formula? Do you offer critiques of tricycles? No, not everything is for you, and that’s fine. Small children whose brains aren’t fully developed yet need entertainment too, and they liked the fuzzy animals in the first film perfectly well.
The implication is clear: nobody over the age of six should enjoy The Nut Job 2. Well, here’s the trailer. Do you think that you could like this?
In Oakton City, which apparently has frigid winters, the urban animals led by Surly Squirrel have taken over the abandoned Maury’s Nut Shop (established 1891). Everything looks fine for them until the Nut Shop explodes. No problem; Surly leads the animals to the city’s leafy Liberty Park, where they will live as nature intended. Except that Oakton's greedy Mayor, unhappy because Liberty Park generates no revenue for the city, proposes to bulldoze the nature park and replace it with a revenue-generating amusement park. And of course you realize, this means war!
So set your calendars and prepare to go nuts again on August 18.