The Nut Job
The Nut Job poster
No Nuts No Glory
Directed By
Written By
Lorne Cameron
Edited By
Paul Hunter
Musical Score
Paul Intson
ToonBox Entertainment
Gulfstream Pictures
Distributed By
Open Road Films (USA)
Universal Pictures (Home Media)
The Weinstein Company (international)
Canadian-South Korean
Release Date
January 17, 2014
Filming Location
86 minutes
$42.8 million
$120.9 million

The Nut Job is a 2014 3D Canadian-South Korean-American 3D computer animated comedy film directed by Peter Lepeniotis. It is written by Lorne Cameron and Peter Lepeniotis, starring Will Arnett, Tom Kenny, Brendan Fraser, Gabriel Iglesias, Liam Neeson and Katherine Heigl. The film is based on the 2005 short animated film Surly Squirrel by Lepeniotis. It will be released on January 17, 2014 by Open Road Films. With a budget of $42.8 million, it is the most expensive animated film co-produced in South Korea.


Set in fictional Oakton, a mischievous purple squirrel named Surly (Will Arnett) is banished from the park to the city by Raccoon (Liam Neeson). With the help of his rat friend Buddy, Surly plans a nut-store heist of outrageous proportions, and the duo unwittingly find themselves embroiled in a complicated adventure that might help the survival of the park community even if it involves getting them to help out with the heist before the winter weather hits.



On January 17, 2011, it was announced that Lorne Cameron would be writing the screenplay for the film along with Lepeniotis. On November 15, 2012, it was announced that Katherine Heigl, Will Arnett and Brendan Fraser would be joining the cast of the film. On March 1, 2013, it was announced that Liam Neeson would be joining the cast of the film. On December 19, 2013, it was announced South Korean entertainer, PSY, would make a cameo appearance as himself during the film's ending credits, which will also feature his hit song "Gangnam Style."


The film was released in the united States on January 17, 2014, and distributed by Open Road Films. The first teaser trailer for the film was released on September 27, 2013. International distribution was handled by The Weinstein Company.

Home mediaEdit

Universal Studios Home Entertainment - The Nut Job Blu-ray 3D

The Nut Job Blu-ray 3D cover

The film was released on DVD, Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D by Universal Studios Home Entertainment on April 15, 2014.




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