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THE NUT JOB (PG) .... THE NUT JOB (PG) ......

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IMAGINE a Canadian-South Korean animation that is set in the 1950s and you might come close to something as wacky as The Nut Job.

IMAGINE a Canadian-South Korean animation that is set in the 1950s and you might come close to something as wacky as The Nut Job.

Taglined 'No nuts. No glory', it has clearly been influenced by the Ice Age movies and, like Guardians of the Galaxy, features a leading character who is a raccoon (Liam Neeson).

Taglined 'No nuts. No glory', it has clearly been influenced by the Ice Age movies and, like Guardians of the Galaxy, features a leading character who is a raccoon (Liam Neeson).

While everyone else in the park is faced with going hungry, selfish squirrel Surly (voice by Will Arnett) has a While everyone else in the park is faced with going hungry, selfish squirrel Surly (voice by Will Arnett) has a string of schemes up his purple-haired arms.

string of schemes up his purple-haired arms.

His latest wheeze is to raid his local park's nut store to enable his friends to survive the cold weather.

His latest wheeze is to raid his local park's nut store to enable his friends to survive the cold weather.

But a gang of bank robbers are planning their own heist - But a gang of bank robbers are planning their own heist - with the aim of leaving bags of nuts in place of the loot.

with the aim of leaving bags of nuts in place of the loot.

When human interests are at cross purposes with the rodents' crazy schemes, the fur is sure to fly...

When human interests are at cross purposes with the rodents' crazy schemes, the fur is sure to fly...

Red squirrel Andie (Katherine Heigl) is the Red squirrel Andie (Katherine Heigl) is the potential love interest, but Surly isn't sure he can trust any more than handsome grey squirrel Grayson (Brendan Fraser). That leaves Buddy (Robert Tinkler) the gullible as the one character that Surly thinks he can rely on.

potential love interest, but Surly isn't sure he can trust any more than handsome grey squirrel Grayson (Brendan Fraser). That leaves Buddy (Robert Tinkler) the gullible as the one character that Surly thinks he can rely on.

Children under seven will enjoy the slapstick nature of the fun and the irresistible Gangnam Style end credits sequence but the patchy script falls a long way short of Pixar films like The Incredibles and lacks the camaraderie of Madagascar.

Children under seven will enjoy the slapstick nature of the fun and the irresistible Gangnam Style end credits sequence but the patchy script falls a long way short of Pixar films like The Incredibles and lacks the camaraderie of Madagascar.

Parents might also question why a film of this nature needs to feature humans using guns.

Parents might also question why a film of this nature needs to feature humans using guns.

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| Surly the mischievous squirrel, left, voiced by Will Arnett, in The Nut Job | Surly the mischievous squirrel, left, voiced by Will Arnett, in The Nut Job

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Date:Aug 1, 2014
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