With The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug hitting theaters this weekend, Open Road Films has released a parody trailer for The Nut Job, offering some of the parallels between this animated comedy and Peter Jackson's Middle Earth adventure. The story follows a group of squirrels trying to retrieve some "precious" nuts by planning an elaborate heist. Watch as this epic quest unfolds before The Nut Job hits theaters January 17. In addition, we have three more photos to check out below the trailer.

<strong><em>The Nut Job</em></strong> Photo 1
<strong><em>The Nut Job</em></strong> Photo 2
<strong><em>The Nut Job</em></strong> Photo 3