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Small Children Will Love ‘The Nut Job 2’ Trailer

Here’s the new trailer for The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature, which Open Road Films will launch in the U.S. on August 18, 2017.

You might have an opinion on the trailer and you might not, but if you’re over the age of six, you really shouldn’t have an opinion at all. Do you review infant formula? Do you offer critiques of tricycles? No, not everything is for you, and that’s fine. Small children whose brains aren’t fully developed yet need entertainment too, and they liked the fuzzy animals in the first film perfectly well.

The real reason it’s here on Cartoon Brew is because there’s also a business angle to the film. The first Nut Job grossed $121 million globally, a remarkable sum for a mid-range independently-produced foreign animated feature, exceeding the global grosses of much more high-profile foreign fare like Shaun the Sheep Movie and The Little Prince. The producers smell franchise, and they’ve clearly spent more money on this second outing for a shot at competing with slicker American cg fare.

Nut Job 2 is directed by Cal Brunker (Escape from Planet Earth) from a script by Brunker, Scott Bindley, and Bob Barlen. The film is co-produced by Korean studio Redrover Co. Ltd, Canadian outfit Toonbox Entertainment, China’s Shanghai Hoongman Technology Co., and Gulfstream Pictures.

Voice talent includes Will Arnett, Katherine Heigl, Maya Rudolph, Bobby Moynihan, Gabriel Iglesias, Jeff Dunham, Bobby Cannavale, Isabela Moner, Sebastian Maniscalo, Peter Stormare and Jackie Chan.

  • Mack

    With the utmost respect, you can be pretty hard on other animated features also intended for kids. Why do you feel The Nut Job 2 should get a pass?

    • AmidAmidi

      Not saying it should get a pass. Kids will still determine if it’s a well done movie, but they’ll do it on their terms. But most American animated features are aimed at family audiences, not strictly children. That’s what separates a Nut Job or Norm of the North from Zootopia/Angry Birds-style films.

      • Marielle

        I don’t see the difference between The Nut Job 2 and movies like Angry Birds or Storks. It seems to me like they are going for the same tone – rapid-fire jokes, sarcastic one-liners, celebrity actors – with varying amount of success. What kid under 6 is going to care about Will Arnett? If you can make fun of the poop jokes in The Emoji Movie or Ice Age 5, I think you can make fun of the fart joke in this trailer. What it really comes down to is: do little kids actually prefer this movie to the more parent-palatable ones?

        • Dave 52

          What seperates those movies from a movie like this is how they handle the tone. A movie like Nut Job may try to aim for the tone most modern animated features aim for and fail but a movie like Angry Birds or Storks may do the exact thing but better. It’s how one handles the execution of the tone and style of the film that matters.

        • I suppose it comes to whether or not there’s something in it for the parents to sit down with, or simply leave the room to do taxes or wash dishes, and frankly, that was what it was for my folks back in the early days of VCR’s and cable TV. They obviously saw no point in watching something I liked.

      • animator

        Please don’t put Zootopia and Angry Birds in the same category. Even though Sony did a good job on the actual visual side of the movie,The Angry Birds movie had one of the worst stories I’ve seen in a while. I think for the budget that they had, you should be able to come up with a great story without involving cliche and even “adulty” sexist jokes that weren’t even funny.
        Angry Birds is a great example of how wrong things can go when you have the money, but you put the wrong people in charge of it.

  • Dave 52

    Yeah…I am getting that exact same feeling.

  • “…if you’re over the age of six, you really shouldn’t have an opinion at all.” I know this is The Nut Job we’re talking about here, but is there a better way to phrase that statement? I really dislike the ‘because they’re kids they’ll like anything they ever watch’ stereotype. It simply isn’t true for everyone. At least not with the kids I’ve dealt with.

    • I’m sure plenty of execs. are like the Roger Meyers-type who would think this way, and honesty that kinda fits into putting out films like this. The thought that a child may have an idea of what they may like is often ignored in favor of the notion that they aren’t old enough to develop strong opinions of the things they enjoy.

    • Too Many Cooks

      Also, that critic can apply to most animated films.

  • Key_Silver

    Yep, I agree as well!

  • Googamp32

    “You’re dead if you aim only for kids. Adults are only kids grown up, anyway.”
    -Walt Disney

    • James Wiseman

      But Paul Terry aimed for kids & had fewer financial troubles…

      • Googamp32

        And his company, Terrytoons, went bankrupt 3 years before his death. Your point?

        • James Wiseman

          Terry was successful enough at Bray Studios to co-found Aesop’s Fable Studios; he was successful enough there to co-found Terrytoons, and he was successful enough at Terrytoons to sell the studio to CBS in the mid-50’s. The studio did close in the late 60’s, but many other well-regarded studios have closed, & Terry wasn’t in charge then.

          Point: One can become successful by targeting a subset of the market-at-large, and there’s nothing wrong with targeting children. Note that this does not mean that your work must be bad; Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood & Sesame Street are generally well-regarded programs, but I doubt anyone would watch them without their kids.

          Hopefully this isn’t harsh. I don’t mean it to be; I just get tired reading comments which dismiss works aimed at children as automatically unworthy of respect.

          And, no, this does not mean we shouldn’t critique The Nut Job, Norm of the North, or similar films. It just means they shouldn’t be trashed for being aimed at children instead of families. Trash them for being bad kiddie flicks, if you must trash them at all.

  • Googamp32

    Oh, sure! I am WAY over the age of six, so OF COURSE I can’t give my opinion on this! It’s not like the first animated motion picture ever made is remembered as a landmark of 1930’s cinema that was and still is beloved by kids and adults alike. It’s not like Pixar became king of the animation game by making movies that could both challenge AND entertain. And it’s not like every animated film that decided to put in as little effort as possible, such as Happily N’Ever After, Space Chimps and even the original Nut Job have been forgotten at best and reviled at worst, even by those UNDER the age of six… But again, I can’t give my opinion on this.

  • Downwithgravity

    I disagree, As a kid I watched dreamworks equivalent of this ‘over the hedge’, liked it back then but completely forgot about not long after. I think there’s movies ‘aimed for kids’ and the new theres movies ‘thought up by the marketing department to maximise profit’, those films of course make the most money but they are completely forgotten about. Shaun the sheep is ‘aimed for kids’ , this movies for profit. Its just kinda sad to see movies with more effort put into them don’t get as much attention, it’s easier to repeat the same formula and stay safe to make profit back and little room for new ideas

  • I scoffed at the first one and it ended up being decently entertaining (though I may have stockholm syndrome from watching it on repeat with my then three year old daughter.) In hindsight, aside from the prettiness, I enjoyed it more than Secret Life of Pets which is somehow more worthy of my opinion, I guess?

  • KW

    I take the criticism as the exact opposite of not caring about animation. If anything CB cares more about animation than your average film website or movie goer because we (the readers and CB) know what animation can be. Why would you want something that you truly care about to just be mediocre or dull? If you have a child, you want them to come home with A’s, not C’s and D’s. I love animation and I want every animated film that comes out to be great, but when generic, predictable stuff like this comes down the pipe I cant help but feel disappointment, and why should I not? Because a lot of artists worked hard on it?

    The cold hard truth is that the viewer doesn’t care how hard anyone worked on this film or any other. It may be a lot of our livelihoods and they may have spent 12 hour days for a month straight on the film but that doesn’t make it good. That doesn’t automatically make it deserving of praise. All that matters in the end is the final outcome and as people on the outside of that production thats all we should look at.

    Its clear very talented people worked on this movie, and no one person can be credited for its outcome good or bad. But with all the talent that is no doubt behind this film, I could also say I would expect a more inspiring feature.

  • jhalpernkitcat

    “The very existence of this game offends me!” Okay, I admit it, I laughed at that.