This production has been under the radar for quite some time. A co-production between Canadian studio ToonBox and Korean studio Red Rover International, The Nut Job is set to be released by Open Road Pictures on January 17, 2014. Based on the 2005 short Surly Squirrel, this film entered production a while back and its script is being written by Lorne Cameron. (Brother Bear, Over the Hedge) The trailer came out yesterday, and it looks like a showcase of every kid-friendly (note, not family-friendly) animated film cliche…
Cute animals? Check.
Cute animals dancing to a pop beat? Check.
Toilet humor? Check.
Stabs at “edgy” humor? Check.
All-star cast? Check.
Also, why does that rat’s design seem to steal from Ratatouille? Seems like a good time to bring up that Gusteau quote, “A cook makes. A thief takes.”
What’s your take on this trailer? Funny? Somewhat funny? Horrible? So-so? Sound off below!