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Animated antics are more than a shell game in 'Nut Job'

Surly, voiced by Will Arnett, left, and Precious the Pug, voiced by Maya Rudolph, are among the characters in "The Nut Job."
Surly, voiced by Will Arnett, left, and Precious the Pug, voiced by Maya Rudolph, are among the characters in "The Nut Job."
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If you’re going to make cartoons about critters, the late Chuck “Looney Toons” Jones used to preach, build them around the animal’s chief concern — survival. Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck are always avoiding the shotgun and the stew pot. Wile E. Coyote is desperate for a dinner of road runner. That principle pays off in “The Nut Job,” a surprisingly simple, funny and often cute slapstick comedy about a squirrel planning a nut heist ...


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