When the evil mayor of Oakton decides to bulldoze Liberty Park and build a dangerous amusement park in its place, Surly Squirrel and his ragtag group of animal friends need to band together to save their home, defeat the mayor, and take back the park.
Surly Squirrel (Will Arnett) and Andie (Katherine Heigl) are back with the rest of the gang and are troubled with an all important mission to accomplish. The evil and corrupt Mayor of Oakton City (Bobby Moynihan) has decided to bulldoze Liberty Park and build a self-serving, but dysfunctional, amusement park. The world is dangerous enough, but Surly and his animal friends need to make a shambles of the amusement park in order to defeat the Mayor and take back the park which is home sweet home. And believe it or not, a gang of Chinese rats from another part of town decide to join in the rescue operation. This is less tedious than watching a certain bunch of obnoxious chipmunks. The animation is well done and visual effects are vibrant. A fun watch for all ages.Other voices that make this NUT JOB come alive: Jackie Chan, Tom Kenny, Bobby Cannavale, Jeff Dunham, Isabela Moner, Peter Stormare, Kari Wahlgren and Maya Rudolph.
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Frankly, I did not think there will a sequel, but this one came out and I say I'm not fully disappointed. It is an acceptable film with a good message told with full of cliches. The story continued from where the previous one had ended. Right away a new adventure begins. Surly and his friends, after losing their stock of food, now forced to return to their natural home, the park. But the place is getting turned into an amusement park by an evil mayor. So they plan to fight back and how they succeed are the revealed in the remaining part.As I said, not bad. At least the children would enjoy it better. The new characters are good, but that did not bring more fun. The comedies were average. With this year's average result from all the animated feature that had released, this film does not look so bad at all. Only if the story had been much better, it would have achieved a better result. The production and all the voice-over work were good. I don't know there will be another sequel, but I don't wish, except if they come up with some good story to tell for all ages. It's just once watchable!6/10
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Hey folks, did you enjoy the first "Nut Job" movie and demanded to see a sequel? Do you want to see a movie in which animals fight to protect their home similar to lasts years atrocity known as "Norm of the North"? Have you ever wondered how Surly the Squirrel met his best friend Buddy? Well, if you said no to all those questions, then you have absolutely no reason at all to see "The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature." In fact, I don't even know if anyone demanded a sequel to this film. The first film was so awful and mean spirited that it was easily one of the worst animated movies to come out in 2014. Nevertheless, Toonbox Studios thought people were so anxious to see this movie and made it anyway. And though I can easily say that it's no where near as bad as that first film or their earlier atrocity released this year known as "Spark", I still can't recommend this movie as it takes a pretty terrible story, some okay animation, and terrible new characters and blends it into a pretty bad mess of a movie.Surly the Squirrel (Will Arnett) has now been respected by the animals of Liberty Park and has been enjoying life at the nut shop they got in the first film. His friend Andie (Katherine Heigl) though is worried that the animals are getting to lazy in the shop and tries to get them back to their natural ways, much to her failure. Things, however, take a change when the nut shop actually explodes and leaves the animals worried about finding food. Although they calm down when they realize they can get their food in the park, their luck changes yet again when the mayor of the town (Bobby Moynihan) decides to tear down the park and build a very cheap amusement park on top of it. Realizing that there home is in danger, Surly and the other animals decide to take a chance and fight off the humans hoping to claim back there home. What happens next was given away in the trailer you most likely have watched so there's no need for me to proceed further.Like I said in my opening statement, the film is no where near as bad as the first film. I'll get to why in a minute, but I'll first go over the one aspect that was worse than the first movie. The story. At least with the first film, they tried to take an original idea about animals trying to find food to survive winter and made some aspects work. This film's story is just predictable. It goes every route you expect it to go and all it did was actually remind me of the story from one of the worst animated movies ever made, "Norm of the North". I also really hated aspects that just felt pointless and added absolutely nothing to the story rather than just drag out the film like the backstory involving a young Surly meeting Buddy for the first time. The animation also took a downgrade form the first film. While it's certainly not awful and has some great backgrounds in it, it looks partially unfinished as some aspects looked a little off to me like the hair on the both Surly and Andie. Speaking of which I will give credit that the characters from the first film are heavily improved. They at least made them a little likable (especially Surly) and even were thankful enough to get rid of Brendan Fraser's character of Grayson. The only problem is that the new characters are awful. Jackie Chan's character of a mouse called Mr. Fang was pointless and could have been cut entirely and nothing would really change. I also really hated the mayors spoiled, bratty and egotistical daughter who all she did was remind of me of Veruca Salt from "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory." She even goes to the point where she says "I want it now!". The mayor is also a terrible villain and I was even able to find him worse than Raccoon from the first movie. I did at least like the dog crushing on Precious named Frankie played by Bobby Cannavale, though then again I don't know how this movie couldn't make most of these new characters likable.While "The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature" is an improvement over it's predecessor, I still can't recommend this movie in anyway due to it's awful story, only okay animation, and some most terrible new characters. If you want to see a funnier and overall better animated movie starring Will Arnett, I recommend renting "The Lego Batman Movie". At least that movie didn't give me another allergy attack.
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It is strange that Nut Job 2's largest problems pile up so high that they inadvertently become its biggest asset? The movie is clunky, thematically dubious and stiflingly unfunny but it comes at you at such a constant pace that its hour and a half run time feels like a Band-Aid is being unceremoniously ripped off. It's a bad flick, that's for sure, but considering the taste of The Emoji Movie is still corroding in my mouth, The Nut Job 2 does feel like a bit of a palette cleanser.The film follows our posse of park dwelling critters just after their success in the first film made them the sole owners of a corner nut shop. After a sudden explosion leaves them without a food supply, Surly Squirrel (Arnett) the abrasive leader of the group tries other get-fat-quick schemes to avoid going back to scrounging for nuts in the park. Scrounging however may not be an option either. While Surly tries and fails to gather food for the group, the city Mayor (Moynihan) hatches plans for a new development at the park, taking away what little the animals have left.Nutty by Nature doesn't solve the myriad of problems from the first movie and instead makes them worse. Surly is still a selfish, proud, small-minded, ungrateful lead that never really learns anything substantial or gets his just desserts (aside from pratfalling on a couple of mailboxes). The way he goes about solving problems and honoring his posse's undying loyalty feels almost Angry Bird (2016) level in the way it inverts positive messaging and insults its audience.The largest victim of Surly's machinations is fellow squirrel Andie (Heigl), whose maxims of "Hard work always pays off," and "There are no shortcuts," comes across as a nagging mother telling you to eat your vegetables. Surly proves not just dismissive but openly hostile to her concerns and she never gets an "I told you so moment" to offset his vitriol. Rather the movie sidesteps Andie and anyone with an actual worthwhile point to concentrate on zany hijinks and the dubious motives of our supposed heroes and villains.For what it's worth the villains of this mess are objectively worse than its heroes. The Mayor is greedier and infinitely more self-serving than Surly is. He's also so broadly drawn and obnoxious, audiences liable to think the character was created by a six-year-old tasked with making a new Captain Planet (1990-1996) villain. Then there's the Mayor's petulant daughter (Moner) who is basically Darla from Finding Nemo (2003) with a fetish for animal cruelty. At one point a character says, "So this is what they mean when they say 'there were warning signs'." It's funny because it's true.There are other small smidgens of this movie worth a chuckle, including the late addition of Jackie Chan to the cast, but there's nothing really substantial enough to warrant a watch. If you're really so inclined to watch this movie with your kids, try going out to the park instead. Your kids will probably get the same uncomfortable feeling of adrenaline and nausea from spinning in circles real fast. Just don't lap up the remains afterwards.