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.

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