The People Behind the Voices of the Animated 3-D Movie ''The Nut Job''
Based on a 2005 short animated film by writer/director Peter Lepeniotis, ''The Nut Job'' is a 3-D animated comedy that's set to be released on January 17, 2014. It is a Canadian/Korean/American film that centers around an independent squirrel with a bad attitude named Surly. After being kicked out of his home, Surly has no choice but to try to survive in the city. He faces an extreme set of challenges initially, but he eventually meets and connects with other members of his community. Together, Surly and his crew of new friends plan to rob a nut store. Together, they embark on an adventure that's sure to keep you laughing out loud, thanks to the comedic talents of the actors and actresses behind the voices of the film's characters.
Will Arnett plays the main character Surly. Arnett has a very distinctive gravelly voice that he's used to get quite a few voice acting jobs in Hollywood. Arnett is the voice of Ghostwriter in the animated Nickelodeon show ''Danny Phantom,'' and he's also the voice of Duncan in the animated series ''Freak Show.'' Arnett has done voice work on ''The Simpsons,'' ''King of the Hill,'' ''The Cleveland Show,'' ''Sesame Street,'' and more. He is also a prominent actor. His film resume includes ''Blades of Glory'' and ''Men in Black 3.''
Brendan Fraser is the voice of Grayson, who is also a squirrel. Like Arnett, Fraser worked as a voice actor on ''The Simpsons'' and ''King of the Hill.'' Fraser also has an impressive career in film. He began acting during his late teens, and he continued to act throughout his college years. After graduating from college, Fraser moved to Los Angeles and began auditioning for movie roles. Some of his films include ''Glory Daze,'' ''The Mummy,'' and ''GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra.''
Liam Neeson is the voice of Raccoon. Neeson has been acting since the late 70s and has an extensive resume. He's done voice acting, movies, animated films, commercials, and television shows. Neeson has been recognized numerous times for the phenomenal work he does. He received an Oscar nomination for playing Oskar Schindler in the movie ''Schindler's List.'' He also starred as Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jin in the film ''Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace,'' a role for which he received rave reviews. Neeson also worked as a voice actor on ''The Simpsons,'' and ''Star Wars the Clone Wars.''
Katherine Heigl, who is best known for playing Izzie on the hit medical series ''Grey's Anatomy,'' is the voice of Andy, who is also a squirrel. Katherine was a catalog model in her early teenage years, but she was not a fan of modeling. Heigl transitioned to acting while still a teen after discovering she had a passion for it. She has multiple hit shows and movies on her resume, including ''Knocked Up,'' ''The Ugly Truth,'' which she executive produced, and ''New Year's Eve.'' She's received multiple awards for her work, including including an Emmy Award, for her role as Izzie on ''Grey's Anatomy.''
Jeff Dunham is the voice of Mole in ''The Nut Job.'' Dunham started his career as a ventriloquist and comedienne, and he eventually transitioned into writing and producing television shows. Although Dunham still works as a stand-up comic and continues to do his ventriloquist act on stage, he's made a name for himself in Hollywood as a writer, voice actor, and producer. He played a ventriloquist in ''Any Day Now,'' ''Blue Collar TV,'' and ''She Spies.'' Dunham executive produced an episode of ''30 Rock,'' an episode of ''One on One,'' the movie ''Delta Farce,'' several episodes of ''The Jeff Dunham Show,'' and multiple comedy documentaries.
Maya Rudolph is the voice of Precious, an adorable and hilarious pug. Rudolf is a comedienne and actress who is mostly known for the recurring characters she plays on the hit show ''Saturday Night Live,'' or ''SNL.'' Her mother is deceased soul singer Minnie Ripperton, who exposed her to music at an early age. Rudolph generally incorporates her musical talents into the comedic roles she plays, which gives her a definite edge. Her other film works include ''Bridesmaids,'' ''Rush Hour,'' ''50 First Dates,'' ''Zookeeper,'' and ''Grown Ups 2.''
These are the main voice actors in the animated film ''The Nut Job,'' and they all reside in the fictional town of Oakton. Join them on their quest to plan a complicated and hilarious nut-store heist in early 2014.