"Lackluster and Disappointing"
THE NUT JOB 2: NUTTY BY NATURE finds the squirrels in trouble when their nut shop blows up, and their park is being destroyed. THE NUT JOB 2: NUTTY BY NATURE is an environmentalist movie where all the humans are bad, and the laughs and entertainment value aren’t there.
Surly Squirrel and the gang love feasting in a nut shop that’s been closed, but where the nuts remained. Andie is upset that everyone is feeding off of free food rather than working for their food, like nature intends. One day, while the group of squirrels are on a walk, they turn around and see the nut shop blow up. Distressed, they don’t know how they will find food and do not want to go back to searching for just nuts, but rather have delicious human food. Surly and his best friend Buddy the rat, go to look for food, but can’t find anything. Instead, they find a group of city mice who are vicious and refuse to help them find a new home or food.
The squirrels also find out the Mayor is tearing down their park, Liberty Park, because he believes he can’t make money from it, so he wants to build a new amusement park called Libertyland to make money. Almost immediately, the Mayor starts renovating the park.
The squirrels don’t know what to do, they’re out of food and out of a home. Surly leads the squirrels to destroy the tractors and cranes that are breaking up the park land. Fortunately, they do a good job at stopping the progress of the amusement park, but the dog in the group, Precious, has been taken by the mayor’s destructive, bratty, daughter, Heather. Heather’s dog, Frankie, has a crush on Precious and is happy she’s there, but Precious would rather be with her friends.
The Mayor takes control and hires a pest control group that is aggressive about getting the job done. With Precious being taken and this new pest control group being very good at its job, the squirrels are worried that they will lose their home and not have any food at all.
THE NUT JOB 2: NUTTY BY NATURE has an environmentalist message with some slight New Age content. Every human in this movie is seen as bad, until one final line of dialogue says, “Not all humans are bad.” Also, the movie’s real villain is the capitalist businessman, who’s seen as greedy and as a cheater who hates nature. The are some nice themes of working hard and doing the right thing, and not being a freeloader, but in the end these themes are marred by the other messages.
There are just a few positive entertainment elements to THE NUT JOB 2: NUTTY BY NATURE. The animation is well done, with the fur on the animals looking natural. Other than that, the jokes fall short and the movie feels like a lower budget animated movie. The characters are stereotypical. Ultimately, NUT JOB 2 isn’t particularly creative or fun. It represents a couple notches down from the first movie.
(Pa, FR, Acap, E, B, V, M) Mixed pagan worldview includes some light Buddhist, New Age content as some Asian city mice are into yoga (which is seeking union with demons), with some anti-capitalist elements where the villain is a politician who is greedy and cheats the system, some environmentalism where almost every human is a bad human, and the only time the movie refutes that is when the narration says “not every human is bad” at the very end combined with some moral elements about doing the right thing and working together; no foul language, dog vomits and then eats the vomit; light, often comic violence such as man drives on the wrong side of the road and hits another man, and tractors and cranes are destroyed but it’s unknown of what happens to the humans in them; no sexual content; no nudity; no alcohol use; no smoking or drugs; and, the little girl in the movie is a spoiled brat who yells at her father who doesn’t discipline her, there is no mother figure in the picture, and characters steal nuts.
THE NUT JOB 2: NUTTY BY NATURE finds the squirrels in trouble. Surly Squirrel and his friends love feasting in a nut shop that’s closed, but where the nuts remained. Andie’s upset everyone is feeding off free food, rather than working for food, like nature intends. The nut shop unexpectedly blows up, leaving the animals searching for food. When the Mayor decides to destroy the park to make way for an amusement park, the whole gang also must figure out how to find a new home.
THE NUT JOB 2 is an environmentalist movie where all humans are bad, and the laughs and entertainment value are lacking. Also, the villain is a capitalist businessman, who’s seen as a greedy cheater who hates nature. The are some nice themes of working hard and doing the right thing, but they’re marred by the other messages. The animation in NUT JOB 2 is good, with the fur on the animals looking natural. Other than that, the jokes fall short, so THE NUT JOB 2: NUTTY BY NATURE feels like a lower budget animated movie.