Director Peter Lepeniotis drew inspiration for his computer-animated comedic heist The Nut Job, from his animated short Surly Squirrel. The film, which was released by Open Road Films in 2014, followed the story of Surly (Will Arnett), a displaced squirrel who gets entangled in a human gang’s bank robbery. This year, Surly and his friends are back.
The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature
The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature, stars Arnett, Jackie Chan, Maya Rudolph, Katherine Heigl, Gabriel Iglesias and Jeff Dunham in a story about the gang’s quest to take back their park. The evil mayor of Oakton has decided to bulldoze Liberty Park, replacing it with a dangerous amusement park. When Surly and his friends learn of the mayor’s plan, they rally a group of animal friends to help them save their home by taking back the park. Newcomer Mr. Feng (Chan), joins this eclectic group to help thwart the mayor’s plot. The Nut Job 2 is filled with humor, heart, and a few animal hijinks.
The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Bonus Features
The Nut Job 2 is currently available on Digital and will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on November 14, 2017. The Bonus features include deleted scenes, special animation and art reels, and a feature commentary with the filmmakers, which provides an inside look at the making of the film and how the characters were brought to life.
- 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 Online Game
To celebrate the release of The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature Open Road Films released a new game inspired by the film. Surly’s Coaster Chase puts you in the driver’s seat as you drive your roller coaster cart with the Nut Job. The game, which can be played for free online, is played by collecting as many nuts as possible without falling off the tracks.
The Nut Job 2 Printables
Enjoy these free printables and activity pages inspired by The Nut Job 2.