I blame you, parents of America. You could spot a good animation movie, so you had to take your kiddies to see something that will rot their brains and the rest of the world is punished as a result. The words I want to say, I can’t, because I don’t want to use foul language in my family-friendly film reviews. But just know that I’m thinking of the worst of the worst for y’all.
THE NUT JOB (2014) was a poorly animated film with some bad jokes and writing. I may not remember a whole ton of the bad humor, but it was a chore to sit through. I think the only thing I really appreciated was the mute blue rat. Since he had no voice actor, the animation was what made him work sometimes. Beyond that, it wasn’t a funny movie and serves to just shut your kids up for an hour and a half.
All this time, I had hoped that a sequel would never had been made, but nope, too much wishful thinking, I guess. I think it’s just me, but the animation looks… improved, but not by much. While I don’t think I’ll enjoy this movie, Mr. Feng the kung fu mouse I suspect will be the best part.
Well, here’s the voice talent. Starring, we have Will Arnett (LEGO BATMAN , NINJA TURTLES 2 , and MONSTERS VS. ALIENS ), Katherine Heigl (UNFORGETTABLE , NEW YEARS EVE , and KNOCKED UP ), Bobby Moynihan (THE BOOK OF HENRY , THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS , SISTERS , and the upcoming TV revival series DUCKTALES ), and Jackie Chan (KUNG FU PANDA 3 , and upcoming films THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE  and THE FOREIGNER ).
In support, we also have Maya Rudolph (THE EMOJI MOVIE , POPSTAR , and IDIOCRACY ) Isabela Moner (TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT  and MIDDLE SCHOOL ), Peter Stormare (JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2 , and THE LOST WORLD: JURASSIC PARK ), and professional voice actors Tom Kenny (SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS [1999- ongoing], STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS [2008-2015], FOSTER HOME FOR IMAGINARY FRIENDS [2004-2009], and upcoming film SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS 3  and TV movie ROCKO’S MODERN LIFE: STATIC CLING ), and Kari Wahlgren (DC animated film JUSTICE LEAGUE VS. TEEN TITANS , video game INJUSTICE 2 , and TV show RICK AND MORTY [2013- ongoing]).
Now for the crew. Directing and co-writing is Cal Brunker, known for ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH (2013) and the upcoming THE NUT JOB 3 (2019). Co-writing alongside Brunker are Bob Barlen (ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH) and Scott Bindley (stuff I’ve never heard of). Finally, composing the score is Heitor Pereira, known for DESPICABLE ME 3 (2017), THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE (2016), and upcoming animated films THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE 2 (2019) and SCOOBY (2020).
Overall, nope, not looking forward to this. Just please make Chan funny and I’ll be happy… er, enough.
The Nut Shop is working out great for the animals, led by their hero Surly (voiced by Will Arnett). They’re fed and lead happy lives. There’s just one problem. Andy (voiced by Katherine Heigl) believes that the animals have grown too complacent and are losing their natural instincts and her attempts at reteaching them the ways of gathering and storing food in the wild keeps failing. But one fateful day, the Nut Shop explodes and their lazy days come crashing down and they have no choice but to relearn their instincts. Of course, that becomes complicated too when the city’s mayor Muldoon (voiced by Bobby Moynihan) wants to tear down the park in order to create his amusement park Libertyland. If the animals want to save their home, they must band together and fight for their home.
Here’s the improvements: slightly better animation (though not by much), a running gag with silencing Heigl from going into a song and dance, and Jackie Chan as a kung fu mouse, and by extension the rest of the mice. That’s about it.
Other than that, Surly is still an unlikable and selfish, Andie is flat and uninteresting, making their relationship highly questionable, the jokes are horrendously unfunny, the set-up terribly forced for no rhyme or reason, subplots that last a total of five minutes, and of course having to watch dogs vomit and then proceed to eat it made this an automatic hate for this movie.
I don’t have too much to say. Like I said, the kung fu army of mice was the best part of the movie, so I wouldn’t mind watching those scenes again, but as for the rest of the film, HARD pass. Make your kids wait for Disney’s COCO (2017) this November 22. There’s nothing to gain from watching this.
My honest rating for THE NUT JOB 2: NUTTY BY NATURE: 2/5