The-Nut-Job-PosterWill Arnett lends his voice to not one, but two animated blockbusters next year, and whilst all ears will be listening out for his role as Batman in The Lego Movie, he’ll first be heard leading the charge as Surly in Open Road’s The Nut Job.

The first teaser trailer launched a few weeks back, giving a great little introduction to Arnett’s leading squirrel. And after recently catching a new poster, the studio has released the first full-length trailer today, as promised, over on Fandango.

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.

Joining Arnett for the ride is a great voice cast ensemble, led by Brendan Fraser, Gabriel Iglesias, Katherine Heigl, Liam Neeson, Stephen Lang, Sarah Gadon, Maya Rudolph, and Jeff Dunham.

Peter Lepeniotis makes his feature directorial debut with the movie, having previously worked as an animator on the likes of Toy Story 2, Dinosaur, 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. As of yet, there’s still no word on a UK release date. But with Arnett taking centre stage here, that’s reason enough to hope that that will soon be changing. In the meantime, here’s the new trailer. Enjoy.]