3D animated action-comedy "The Nut Job" will be released in theaters on January 17, 2014, Open Road Films announced today. The company said that it had acquired domestic distribution rights to the family film, which sees Katherine join Liam Neeson, Will Arnett, Brendan Fraser, Stephen Lang, Sarah Gadon and Jeff Dunham in lending their voices to characters in the family film.

The Nut Job

Set in the fictional town of Oakton in the 1950's, the story is based on the adventures of Surly, a mischievous squirrel, and his rat friend Buddy, who plan a nut-store heist of outrageous proportions and unwittingly find themselves embroiled in a complicated adventure. Katherine will voice Andie, the Nut Job's lovely lady squirrel.

The feature is based on director and co-writer Peter Lepeniotis’ award winning 2005 short "Surly Squirrel" and is a collaboration between Canadian animation studio ToonBox Entertainment, Redrover Co. and Gulfstream Pictures. Graham Moloy and WK Jung produced the animation alongside Mike Karz, Bill Bindley, Jay Ahn, Daniel Woo, Hong Kim and Tom Yoon serving as executive producers. Ths screenplay was written by Lorne Cameron.

"The Nut Job is a smart, fresh and funny movie that family members of all ages will certainly enjoy," Open Road CEO Tom Ortenberg said. "We are excited about working with Mike Karz and The Nut Job team and thrilled to add this clever family title to Open Road's growing slate."

"It was a long journey for an independent animation studio to secure a wide-release distribution in the U.S., but we have made it," ToonBox's Ahn said in a statement. "This historic collaborative production between Korea and Canada marks the first such CGI movie in history to be released widely in the United States."