In "The Nut Job," Surly (voiced by Will Arnett) is a mischievous squirrel who, along with fellow squirrels Grayson (voiced by Brendan Fraser) and Andie (voiced by Kathryn Heigl), inadvertently destroys a vendor nut cart, essentially eliminating the winter food source for all of his critter park friends. As a result, Raccoon (voiced by Liam Neeson), the leader of the park, banishes Surly from the area.
Surly thinks he is done for it when he stumbles upon something that can fix everything, a nut shop. With the help of his rat friend Buddy (voiced by Robert Tinkler) and a pug named Precious (voiced by Maya Rudolph) and others, Surly embarks on the difficult mission to break into the nut shop to steal delicious nuts and provide all in the park with plentiful food for the long winter ahead.
"The Nut Job" joins theaters already buzzing with several Oscar contenders, including "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" "Her," "American Hustle," "Saving Mr. Banks," August: Osage County, "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," and "Frozen."
Surly: "Holy macadamia! Lunch is served! … We've gotta get those nuts! These nuts are ours! … You guys smell like burnt nuts or something? Is that me?"
Raccoon: "He's destroyed our only food for winter!"
Surly drools when he sees the nut cart below, full of delicious, nutritious nuts. But when he goes in for the steal, he ends up destroying the cart entirely and making him the outcast of his crew who now has no food for winter.
We Get a Crew, We Break In
Surly: "Okay, we get a crew, we break in, but we do it my way… Let's go over the plan. That's us. There's the nut shop. We rob the nut shop and then stuff ourselves silly all winter."Surly knows that in order for his park friends to all survive, Surly needs to break into the nut shop and gather enough for for them all for winter. It won't be easy, but Surly has a plan.
Is That a Candy or a Nut?
Surly: "We're going to get in and feed the park for winter."
Mole: "Are you nuts?"
Buddy: "The humans have the whole place rigged!"
Surly: "It's not going to be easy but we're talkin' almonds, pistachios, walnuts and did I mention the peanut brittle?"
Jimmy: "Is that a candy or a nut?"
Surly knows breaking into the nut shop will be difficult, especially with the traps the humans have set up, but with great risk comes great reward, most notably, peanut brittle.
I Do Not Dig
Surly: "We dig here, from the alley into the basement."
Mole: "I do not dig!"
Jimmy: "Because you're blind as a bat!"
Mole: "What? Who said that?"