The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature is an upcoming 3D computer-animated comedy film directed by Cal Brunker and written by Brunker, Bob Barlen and Scott Bindley. It is the sequel to the 2014 film The Nut Job. The film stars Will Arnett, Gabriel Iglesias, Jeff Dunham, Katherine Heigl, Maya Rudolph, Jackie Chan, Bobby Moynihan, Bobby Cannavale and Peter Stormare. Produced by Gulfstream Pictures, Redrover International and ToonBox Entertainment, the film is scheduled to be released theatrically on August 11, 2017, by Open Road Films.
Surly (Will Arnett) and the park animals must band together to prevent Oakton City’s crooked mayor (Bobby Moynihan) from bulldozing Liberty Park and replacing it with a dangerous amusement park.
Will Arnett as Surly, a purple squirrel who alongside his rat sidekick Buddy was at first loathed by his folks of the park, but is now considered a hero for saving them from a dire food shortage that he unintentionally caused.
Katherine Heigl as Andie, a compassionate red squirrel and Surly’s best friend.
Maya Rudolph as Precious, a pug that was formerly owned by the criminals Lucky and Fingers.
Gabriel Iglesias as Jimmy, a groundhog who is Johnny and Jamie’s brother and the leader of the Bruisers (which merely consists of him and his siblings).
Jeff Dunham as Mole, a mole who now works for Andie.
Jackie Chan as Mr. Feng, the territorial leader of a street mouse gang.
Bobby Moynihan as the as-yet-unnamed Mayor of Oakton City who plans to replace Liberty Park with a faulty amusement park.
Bobby Cannavale as Frankie, the mayor’s pet French bulldog who falls in love with Precious.
Peter Stormare as Gunther, a deranged animal control officer.
Sebastian Maniscalco as Johnny, a groundhog who is Jimmy and Jamie’s brother. He was previously voiced by Joe Pingue in the first film.
Kari Wahlgren as Jamie, a groundhog who is Jimmy and Johnny’s sister. She was previously voiced by Annick Obonsawin.
Isabela Moner as Heather, the mayor’s spoiled daughter.[better source needed]
On January 23, 2014, The Nut Job 2 was announced with a theatrical release date of January 15, 2016. On April 11, 2016, the release date was pushed back to May 19, 2017. Will Arnett, Gabriel Iglesias, Jeff Dunham, Katherine Heigl and Maya Rudolph are confirmed to reprise their roles. On May 25, 2016, Heitor Pereira was hired to score the film. On July 5, 2016, Jackie Chan joined the cast as Mr. Feng. Bobby Moynihan, Bobby Cannavale and Peter Stormare have also joined the cast. In December 2016, the film was pushed back again to August 18, 2017, and in May 2017, a week forward to August 11, 2017.