Peter Lepenotis

The Nut Job

There’s a fascinating duality to an early afternoon showing of former Pixar animator Peter Lepenotis’ The Nut Job. Prior to the lights going completely down and the numerous company logos running in front of the film, the audience is (most likely) treated to a viewing of The Lego Movie, in which Will Arnett voices a Lego Batman. In The Nut Job, Arnett voices a raspy squirrel named Surly, who rebels against a city park dictatorship as the other small mammals struggle to find food to store for the winter. By the end, we’re not sure Surly is the hero the park deserves, but we know he’s the one it needs right now. In short, this movie is about Batman, a role Will Arnett was apparently born to voice. And more than a little about North Korea. It also has an animated Gangnam Style Psy in the credits. It is this combination of oddities that make The Nut Job as notably weird as it is forgettably flat.

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published: 04.17.2014
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