Marking the first big animated movie of the year, The Nut Job has shown plenty of promise so far, with the first teaser trailer introducing Will Arnett’s leading little squirrel, Surly.
The new trailer is set to land online later today, and Open Road has launched the new poster in advance over on Fandango, giving a look at Surly and all his friends, taunted by the prospect of nuts just out of their reach.
In animated 3D, “The Nut Job” is an action-packed comedy in fictional Oakton that follows the travails of Surly (voiced by Will 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 much more complicated and hilarious adventure.
Lending their voices alongside Arnett for the animated pic are Katherine Heigl, Brendan Fraser, Liam Neeson, Stephen Lang, Sarah Gadon, Maya Rudolph, Gabriel Iglesias, and Jeff Dunham.
Peter Lepeniotis is making his feature directorial debut, having worked as an animator on Toy Story 2 and Casper. And he’s directing from a script he co-wrote with Lorne Cameron (Over the Hedge, Brother Bear).
The Nut Job will be released in 3D on January 17th, 2014 in the US. Still no word yet on a UK release date, but hopefully that will be changing soon, because anything voiced by Arnett (see The Lego Movie) is sure to be a lot of fun. For now, here’s the new poster, and be sure to check back for when the new trailer lands.