Where there's nuts to be stolen and eaten, you can probably expect a crafty squirrel with a lot of ideas and few regrets. After the unexpected( not really) success of 2014's The Nut Job, the studio decided to make a follow up to the animal-heist comedy. The first film followed the daring antics of a purple squirrel's mission to raid a nut-store so that a group of animals can survive the winter.Despite the overwhelmingly negative reviews that this film accumulated, it managed to gross over a $100 million at the box-office on a $42.8 million dollar budget.
Here's the plot synopsis for the first film:
After he accidentally destroys the winter food supply of his fellow Liberty Park residents, Surly (Will Arnett), a squirrel, is banished to the streets of Oakton. Luckily, Surly finds the town's nut shop and hatches a plan to plunder its bounty. However, unbeknownst to Surly and his ragtag team of animal associates, the nut shop is really a front for mobsters who plan to rob the bank next door. While Surly and his team break in to the shop, the mobsters carry out their own scheme.
In a world where every studio wishes they could have the success that disney/pixar has with animated movies, we get a sequel to the surprise hit of 2014. When The Nut Job came out, there were skeptics who saw it as a sub-par animated film meant to appeal to kids or moviegoers who can't resist "talking furry CGI animals" no matter how much willpower they think they have. Evidently, the sequel seeks to build upon the story of the first one, but it's unclear how the film will do that since there is currently no plot synopsis for the second entry. Update: Here's the plot: 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.
The Nut Job, while being one of the most mildly disliked films of 2014, was still a gem in the studio's eyes, so they want to capitalize on it, and that's not all bad from a strictly "business perspective". Open Road is trying to expand into a market that has a lot more to offer since they aren't primarily aiming at the older/adult crowd with these kinds of movies. Animation is the next big leap for the studio and they seem prepared to go all the way if they're willing to green-light a sequel to this. Box-office will be tricky since this could film could walk away cold or bask in the warm glow of a successful opening weekend. However, there was an audience for the first movie, so this film might have enough clout and name recognition to pull the same trick twice. Overall, the tagline on one of the movie posters sums it up nicely, "No Nuts, No Glory!".