The movie Nut Job 2 : Surly is now loved by Liberty Park’s Urban wildlife community and currently overseeing an all-you-can-eat buffet at Maury’s Nut Shop. This worries Andie, as she prefers a more hard-working outlook on life. Despite Surly’s reassurances all is well, Maury’s Nut Shop is accidentally blown up by Mole when he forgets to cut down pressure from the boiler. Andie takes the opportunity to try and get the animals back to their roots by foraging for food in Liberty Park while Surly and Buddy try to find other food-packed places, but fail each time. Defeated, he and Buddy decide to return to the park.
Meanwhile, Mayor Muldoon relishes in his wealth that comes from profit-making locations across Oakton City. However, he notices Liberty Park never makes money, so he decides to turn it into Liberty Land to pocket more cash. Surly and Andie discover Mayor Muldoon’s plot and Surly convinces the animals to fight back, which they do successfully and they manage to sabotage the construction worker’s efforts to tear down the park. That night, however, Surly’s enjoyment is short-lived when Andie attempts to convince the animals to work hard for food as he believes it can result in disappointment. When the foreman of the construction workers tells the Mayor about the animal attacks, Muldoon calls an extermination squad led by Gunther to get rid of the animals.
The next day, Surly gets caught in one of Gunther’s traps and the animals are pursued by Frankie where he falls in love with Precious as she is suddenly abducted by Heather Muldoon. Surly and Buddy head out to rescue her while Andie and the Bruisers find a new park when Liberty Park is eventually overtaken. While searching for Muldoon’s car, Surly and Buddy run afowl with a colony of territorial white mice led by Mr. Feng. They manage to evade the mice and find Mayor Muldoon’s mansion where they save Precious in Heather’s room. Precious tells Frankie she is not interested in him, breaking his heart. Surly’s recklessness causes Mayor Muldoon to mortally injure Buddy by causing him to fall off a balcony to the street below. Meanwhile, Andie and the Bruisers find what seems to be a suitable park, but it turns out to be a golf course that almost gets them killed.
A doleful Surly returns with Precious and a lifeless Buddy, reuniting with the others in the ruined remains of the nut shop. While mourning for Buddy, the heartbroken Surly recounts the day he and Buddy met when they were kids when they saved each other during a hurricane. Buddy wakes up thanks to Precious giving him licks and Surly, deeply relived that his best friend is alright, hugs him tight. Surly leads them to take back the park from Mayor Muldoon and his followers during the exclusive opening of Liberty Land. Mayor Muldoon calls Gunther and his team over to capture them and Surly is the only one left standing, so he goes to Mr. Feng and his army. While attacking Surly, the latter convinces Feng and the animals must work together regardless of whether they are from the city or a park and this causes Feng to spare him and agree to help.
Surly frees his friends and rounds them up to take back Liberty Park and they manage to overwhelm the humans, destroy all the rides and attract the attention of the police, who begin to realize that the amusement park is too dangerous to be kept open. Precious finds Frankie and apologizes to him for what happened earlier while confessing that she does indeed love him, causing Frankie to fall in love with her again. After the pair makes up, Heather tries to get Gunther to tranquilize them, but due to the interference of Surly, Buddy and Andie he shoots Heather instead, knocking her out while he runs away. Mayor Muldoon tries to escape the chaos using a hot air balloon, but Surly and Buddy commandeer a roller coaster to catch up to him. Surly makes it on top of the balloon and he and Mayor Muldoon engage in a long battle that ends with Surly winning and causing the mayor to fall on top a bouncy house and get attacked by Mr. Feng and his colony. Mayor Muldoon, Heather, and Gunther are arrested for their crimes and Liberty Land is shut down.
Several months later, the people help rebuild Liberty Park to its former glory. After the park is rebuilt, Mr. Feng and his colony decide to stay in the park and focus on Tai Chi, Precious and Frankie have puppies and Surly takes Andie on a ride with Precious with him to rob a nut cart.
A great movie. Available now on DVD.