After Ferdinand, a bull with a big heart, is mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure.
In this fully animated, all-new take on the Smurfs, a mysterious map sets Smurfette and her friends Brainy, Clumsy, and Hefty on an exciting race through the Forbidden Forest, leading to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history.
Despite the title, the Wishbone family are far from happy. In an attempt to reconnect as a family, Mum and Emma plan a fun night out. However, her plan backfires when an evil witch curses them, and they're all turned into Monsters.
Surly and his friends, Buddy, Andie, and Precious, discover that the mayor of Oakton City is cracking one big hustle to build a giant amusement park, which in turn will bulldoze their home. The animals must stop the mayor, his daughter, and a mad animal control officer in order to take back the city park.
I'll be damned, this is a total jawdropper. It's like a love child of Madagascar 3 and Zootopia. And, boy, does it make its parents eat their shorts.
The Nut Job 2 has everything in fine proportions: quality animation, breathtaking action, various kinds of humor with tons of quipping, total adequacy and self-awareness, cynicism and, of course, the moral center.
This is what modern animations sorely lack. They are either way too pretentious or are just in your face. And that's even including some original pictures, like Shrek or Madagascar.
The Nut Job 2 doesn't have these weaknesses, while it properly inherits the action and the ability to make a valid point. The closest animation I can compare to - is the first animation I've given 10\10 rating, How to Train Your Dragon(the original). It also had the animation, the moral and proper pacing.
Now, of course, I can't exactly compare these two. HTTYD had some of the best scores in animation history, and there are plenty of classics that also deserve 10\10. I'm usually nitpicky, but for this movie I just want to make an exception. It could be 8\10, it should be 9\10, but, for the sake of the quality of IMDb content and the modern critic reviews in general, I'd dare say this is a 10\10 material.
With all the B-rated animation we've been getting recently, from the biggest studios, no less, this picture stands as a shining example of a sequel that manages to do better than the original. And this is something worth looking out for.
I know this is supposed to be spoiler-free, but I can't believe this is the one animation that actually dared to take a hit at Disney's atrocious singing(well, at least in the modern animations). And this movie actually had Jackie Chan acting for once, after THREE Kung-Fu Panda flops! While the rest of the American industry tries to pander to the Chinese in every way possible, The Nut Job 2 actually does it in a hilarious and quite respectful manner. I'd say that this part was borrowed from The Life of Pets, but... The execution was just heaven and earth. You don't see gangsta bunnies turning to toilet humor here.
I hope that this "indie marvel" will get a third part. That's really going to be hard to top this one off, but if they get a proper score, something close to HTTYD, while retaining the same approach of direction - it will be the movie for the books.
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