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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."
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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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