THE NUT JOB (Peter Lepeniotis). 83 minutes. Opens Friday (January 17). For venues and times, see listings. Rating: N
Despite a celebrity voice cast who should know better (including Will Arnett and Liam Neeson), The Nut Job might be the new low point for CGI movies about anthropomorphized animals, a genre not exactly known for its high standards.
The nonsensical plot interweaves a human bank heist and animal nut heist; the message about the importance of friendship is dull; and even in a preview screening for families, all the chuckles came out of pity.
This Canadian/South Korean co-production is the first feature-length film from ToonBox Entertainment, and with any luck it will be the last. They obviously can't deliver the glossy production values of the Hollywood competition, never mind the heart, humour and intelligence of a first-rate Pixar movie.
When a CGI Psy wanders into the end credits to perform Gangnam Style, it tells you both how much time the filmmakers wasted making the movie and how desperate they were to pull in anything like entertainment.