Taglines: Get ready. Get set. Get nuts!
Surly (Will Arnett) is loved by Liberty Park’s Urban wildlife community and currently overseeing an all-you-can-eat buffet at Maury’s Nut Shop. This worries Andie (Katherine Heigl), as she prefers a more hard-working outlook on life. Despite Surly’s reassurances all is well, Maury’s Nut Shop is accidentally blown up by Mole (Jeff Dunham) when he forgets to cut down pressure from the boiler. Andie takes the opportunity to try getting the animals back to their roots by foraging for food in Liberty Park while Surly and Buddy try to find other food-packed places, but fail each time. Defeated, he and Buddy decide to return to the park.
Meanwhile, the crooked Mayor Muldoon (Bobby Moynihan) relishes in his wealth that comes from profit-making locations across Oakton City. However, he notices Liberty Park never makes money, so he decides to turn it into “Libertyland” to pocket more cash. Surly and Andie discover Muldoon’s plot and Surly convinces the animals to fight back, which they do successfully and they manage to sabotage the construction worker’s efforts to tear down the park. That night, however, Surly’s enjoyment is short-lived when Andie attempts to convince the animals to work hard for food as he believes it can result in disappointment. When the foreman of the construction workers tells Muldoon about the animal attacks, he calls an extermination squad led by Gunther (Peter Stormare) to get rid of the animals.
The next day, Surly gets caught in one of Gunther’s traps and the animals are pursued by Muldoon’s dog, Frankie (Bobby Cannavale). The latter falls in love with Precious (Maya Rudolph) as she is suddenly abducted by Heather (Isabela Moner), Muldoon’s bratty daughter. Surly and Buddy head out to rescue her while Andie and the rest find a new park when Liberty Park is eventually overtaken. While searching for Muldoon’s car, Surly and Buddy run afowl with a colony of territorial white mice led by Mr. Feng (Jackie Chan).
They manage to evade the mice and find Muldoon’s mansion where they save Precious in Heather’s room. Precious tells Frankie she is not interested in him, breaking his heart. Surly’s recklessness causes Muldoon to shoot Buddy by causing him to fall off a balcony to the street below and fall into coma. Meanwhile, Andie and the bruisers, Jimmy (Gabriel Iglesias), Johnny (Sebastian Maniscalco) and Jamie (Kari Wahlgren) find what seems to be a suitable park, but it turns out to be a golf course that almost gets them killed.
The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature is a 2017 3D computer-animated comedy film directed by Escape from Planet Earth creator Cal Brunker and written by Brunker, Bob Barlen and Scott Bindley. A sequel to The Nut Job (2014), it stars the voices of Will Arnett, Maya Rudolph, Jackie Chan, Katherine Heigl, Bobby Moynihan, Bobby Cannavale, Isabela Moner, Jeff Dunham, and Gabriel Iglesias. Produced by Gulfstream Pictures, Redrover International and ToonBox Entertainment, the film was released theatrically on August 11, 2017, by Open Road Films.
The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature (2017)
Directed by: Cal Brunker
Starring: Will Arnett, Maya Rudolph, Jackie Chan, Katherine Heigl, Bobby Moynihan, Bobby Cannavale, Isabela Moner, Jeff Dunham, Gabriel Iglesias, Jeff Dunham, Sebastian Maniscalco, Julie Lemieux
Screenplay by: Scott Bindley, Cal Brunker, Bob Barlen
Film Editing by: Paul Hunter
Art Direction by: Andrew Woodhouse
Music by: Heitor Pereira
MPAA Rating: PG for action and some rude humor.
Distributed by: Open Road Films
Release Date: August 11, 2017