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The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature Premiere

We attended as a guest of the studio

We attended a meet and greet with the cast of The Nut Job 2 to talk about the film and to get some insight on what it is like to work on an animated film.  Will Arnett, Maya Rudolph, Gabriel Iglesias and Bobby Moynihan were on hand to answer questions and to tell us about their experience making this fabulous animated film.

Will Arnett explained that making an animated film is definitely a painstaking process for everyone else except the actor!  Will explained that the actors have it easy just doing the voices but for the creative folks who put this amazing film together, work for a long, long time to make the magic happen and when he finally sees the completed film, he is always amazed.

Maya Rudolph said that she loves working on animated films because you get to be things like a dog or a squirrel!  When a child in the room asked Maya if she identified with her character, she giggled and said that she loved playing Precious and when she thought of who to go to for inspiration, she looked at her own dog and wondered, “Why does she lick me?”, “Do I taste good or does she just like the taste of sweat?”

Maya Rudolph has four children, and she said that it is fun to be able to movies for your children.  Maya proceeded to tell the audience a story of watching an animated film with her kids and her 4-year-old figured out that she was the dog.  She mimicked her daughter looking at the screen and then looking back at her and then announcing, “That’s you, Mama!”  So yes, Maya enjoys making animated films.

Will Arnett said that while it is important to do stuff for your kids, his approach is one film for them, one film for me.  Another child in the audience asked Will what his favorite animated character is that he has played.  Without hesitation, Will said that he loves Batman from the Lego movie because he is a superhero and tough but that he loves portraying Surly just as much because Surly is goofy, has so much energy and has a passion for his friends and where he lives.

The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature follows Surly, (Will Arnett) and his animal friends as they go up against the cities corrupt mayor.  Once again in Oakton where the evil mayor has decided to tear down Liberty Park and build a dangerous amusement park in its place. Surly and his group of animal friends band together to save their home, defeat the mayor, and take back the park.

This film has a wonderful message of inclusion.  Both the animals of the park and the city band together to fight for what is rightfully theirs.  With an amazing cast, featuring the voice talents of Will Arnett as Surly, Katherine Heigl as Andie, Maya Rudolph as Precious, Jackie Chan as the cute Mr. Feng, Gabriel Iglesias as Jimmy and Bobby Moynihan as the evil mayor.

Be sure to catch The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature when it opens this Friday, August 11th.

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