THE NUT JOB - Animated Movie Features Ice Age Star, Scrat, Katherine Heigl, Liam Neeson And Will Arnet

On 12 April 2013

THE NUT JOB - Animated Movie Features Ice Age Star, Scrat, Katherine Heigl, Liam Neeson And Will Arnet

Open Road Films is preparing a new animated family movie titled “The Nut Job”.

The cast includes Liam Neeson, Katherine Heigl, Will Arnett, Brendan Fraser, Stephen Lang, Sarah Gadon and Jeff Dunham.

The family film is set in fictional Oakton and follows the travails of Surly (Arnett), a mischievous squirrel, and his rat friend Buddy, who plan a nut-store heist of outrageous proportions and unwittingly find themselves embroiled in a complicated adventure.

Surly is banished from his park and forced to survive in the city. Lucky for him, he stumbles on the one thing that may be able to save his life, and the rest of park community, as they gear up for winter - Maury's Nut Store.

Peter Lepeniotis (“Toy Story 2”) directed the movie from a screenplay he wrote with Lorne Cameron.

“The Nut Job is a smart, fresh and funny movie that family members of all ages will certainly enjoy," Open Road CEO Tom Ortenberg said. "We are excited about working with Mike Karz and ‘The Nut Job’ team and thrilled to add this clever family title to Open Road’s growing slate.”

From the movie foster we learn that “The Nut Job” is the result of Ice Age inspiration. We can see the funny beloved but dumb squirrel, Scrat. Many fans had this idea of making a movie about Scrat and now finally someone thought of it too.

“We couldn't be more pleased with the cast that’s being assembled for our first feature,” said Chapman, ToonBox vice president. “They have brought the film to a whole new level. Each voice is perfect for their respective roles, and they truly make the characters come alive.”

Graham Moloy and WK Jung produced. Executive producers are Mike Karz and Bill Bindley of Gulfstream Pictures and Jay Ahn, Daniel Woo, Hong Kim and Tom Yoon.

The animated feature is set for a January 2014 release.

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