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Take the family to the movies with Friday’s ‘The Nut Job’

Movie night at Finlay Park.
Movie night at Finlay Park. Provided photo

Long before Scooby Doo and McGruff the Crime Dog were fighting dark forces within society, the world’s most active four-legged cartoon crime fighter was none other than Secret Squirrel.

Modeled after James Bond and voiced by Mel Blanc (who was also the voice behind Bugs Bunny), Secret Squirrel was a “master of disguise” who tooled around town in a Batman-esque car that transformed into a briefcase at the touch of a button.

The world’s newest crime-fighting squirrel, Surly, comes courtesy of “The Nut Job,” an animated caper that pits Surly and his crew against a team of bumbling thieves trying to rob a bank.

On Friday, the Summer Movie Series at Finlay Park will feature “The Nut Job.”

Pre-show activities begin at 7:30 p.m.; the free movie starts at sundown. Coolers and picnic baskets are welcome; but no alcoholic beverages are allowed.

“The Nut Job” is the second-to-last movie of the Finlay Park movie series; July 29, the summer program will conclude with “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Released less than a year ago, the blockbuster film is the seventh installment of the series. Directed by JJ Abrahms, it brings back Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill, all of whom starred in the original Star Wars movie, which premiered in 1977.

For more information about the free Summer Movie Series at Finlay Park, visit columbiasc.net/calendar.

Katie McElveen, Special to The State