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The Nut Job (I) (2014)

PG  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Comedy  |  17 January 2014 (USA)
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An incorrigibly self-serving exiled squirrel finds himself helping his former park brethren raid a nut store to survive, that is also the front for a human gang's bank robbery.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Surly (voice)
Grayson (voice)
Raccoon (voice)
Andie (voice)
King (voice)
Precious (voice)
Mole (voice)
Jimmy (voice)
Lana (voice)
James Rankin ...
Fingers (voice)
Scott Yaphe ...
Lucky (voice)
Johnny (voice)
Annick Obonsawin ...
Jamie (voice)
Girl Scout (voice)
Redline / Buddy (voice)


In a city park, Surly the Squirrel has finally gone too far with his latest caper leading to the animal community's winter food cache being destroyed. Now exiled, Surly and his rat buddy Buddy's collective nightmare on the streets ends when they discover a nut store to raid. Meanwhile, the squirrels, the heroic Andie and the ditsy Grayson, are charged by Raccoon to find a new food source and Andie runs into Surly. With no other options, she arranges a deal to help in Surly's heist for the colony, even while Surly fully intends to betray it. However, there is more going on with the nut store being a front for bank robbers while Raccoon has his own agenda to ensure his own power. In the mayhem to come, Surly finds himself challenged in ways he never expected and discovering the real prize to treasure in this adventure. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild action and rude humor | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 January 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Locos por las nueces  »

Box Office


$42,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$25,700,000 (USA) (17 January 2014)


$64,238,770 (USA) (2 May 2014)

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When Grayson holds surly out of fear, surly's eyebrows are gone until the next shot his eyebrows reappears normally on his face. See more »


When describing their enmity, Surly says "Raccoon's always had it out for me," which makes no sense. He should have said "had it in for me." See more »


Surly: Okay, we get a crew, we break in, but we do it my way...
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Halfway through the end credits there is a scene with the Raccoon sitting on a buoy See more »


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Nice work, animators!
17 January 2014 | by See all my reviews

The Nut Job looks fantastic. Try to ignore the trailer, and if possible, the inconsistent soundtrack, too. Pay attention to the subtle nod to the 50's, present in all the background details: The rooms, the cars, the human characters. It looks great. The attention to visual detail is spot on. So kudos to the people in charge of making this look the way it does.

The story itself has promise: A nut heist that runs concurrently with a bank heist, the squirrel storyline paralleling the human one. As you can imagine, there are cheap jokes and nut puns a plenty, but at least the younger children in the theatre will be entertained. Any flaws present in the Nut Job have nothing to do with the way it looks. And if anything, that's what saves it.

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