The Nut Job

The Nut Job Movie Poster

The National Wildlife Federation teamed up with Open Road Films, RedroverCo., Ltd., and ToonBox Entertainment for the release of The Nut Job. As the education partner for the animated film, the National Wildlife Federation provides resources to help kids, parents, teachers, and animal enthusiasts of all ages to celebrate some of our most clever, acrobatic backyard inhabitants.

About the Movie

In animated 3D, The Nut Job is an action-packed comedy that follows Surly (voiced by Will Arnett), a mischievous squirrel who must plan a heist to get into his town’s biggest nut shop so that his park pals can gather enough food to survive winter. With his sidekick, Buddy, he assembles a ragtag crew to help him get inside and takes them on a fun-filled adventure.

“National Wildlife Federation is the perfect education partner for this film,” says Arnett. “I am glad to be part of a project that shows how wonderful these sometimes unappreciated animals can be.”

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There are lots of ways to celebrate squirrels and show love for these clever animals.

Discover Squirrel Secrets: Unearth little-known facts, learn what a squirrel wants, and even find out ways to outwit these clever critters.

See and Share Photos: Visit our Facebook page to browse through people's favorite squirrel photos, then post your own.

Test Your Squirrel Skills: With our children's app, Squirrel vs. Bird Feeder, players are the squirrels in this game of logic and problem-solving.

Get Outside: Look for squirrels in the backyard, on the playground, or at the park while playing Squirrel Seek.

Have a Party: Celebrate National Squirrel Appreciation Day, observed annually on January 21. Encourage kids to get involved by creating posters or writing short stories about squirrels.

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