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Stuart Little 2 (PG)
Columbia Pictures
Official Site
Director: Rob Minkoff
Producers: Lucy Fisher, Douglas Wick
Written by: Douglas Wick and Bruce Joel Rubin; based on characters from the E. B. White book Stuart Little
Michael J. Fox .... Stuart Little (voice)
Geena Davis .... Eleanor Little
Hugh Laurie .... Fredrick Little
Jonathan Lipnicki .... George Little
Anna Hoelck, Ashley Hoelck .... Martha Little
Nathan Lane .... Snowbell (voice)
Melanie Griffith .... Margalo (voice)
James Woods .... Falcon (voice)
Steve Zahn .... Monty (voice)
Marc John Jeffries .... Will
Rating: out of 5

Kids’ eye view:

Stuart Little is an adopted mouse who lives in New York City with Mr. Little and Mrs. Little and George and the new member of their family, Martha Little. He saves a new birdfriend named Margalo from Falcon who is, well, a falcon. Stuart, Margalo, and an unwilling Snowbell (a cat) are wrapped up in an adventure of friendship, deception, fur and feathers.

You know the saying “Big things come in small packages”? Well, it’s true. Stuart can do many things, from flying to skateboarding. The animation was so real that at first I thought Stuart was a real mouse!

This is a cute movie with lots of laughs and it’s cool.

Parents’ perspective:

Many of the best children’s authors use animals to convey some of the tougher lessons in life. It always seemed easier to bear when the protagonist was not human. Okay, so we have to do some suspension of disbelief. Come on, a spider that can spell, an orangutan that wants fire, medieval mice, rabbits and badgers strategizing against rats, weasels and other unsavories, or better yet, a Wookie? If you can buy into a walking carpet, can’t you imagine a mouse who lives with a human family as one of their own?

Technically, this movie is a lot of fun to watch. The animation is incredible in its realism. You almost believe you are really watching a cat and a snazzily dressed mouse walking down an alley having a conversation. The list of people who worked on the animation goes on for pages. Animation by Sony Picture Imageworks and creature effects by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop make it a bit easier to let go of the “real” world.

Geena Davis plays the perfect overprotective, oversweet mother (which means she irritates the snot out of me) and Hugh Laurie portrays the perfect father trying to help his son grow up and meet life’s challenges. Along the way there are good guys (a mouse and a cat???), a really evil bad guy (Falcon—you could almost see Hercules’s Hades the first time he spoke), and then there’s Margalo. As the first friend he can see eye-to-eye with, she does for Stuart what his father can’t. She sees every day as an adventure and she advises him to go into the world “Head up, back straight and heart open.”

With plenty of humor to get you laughing, a stereotypical “Little” family, and a cast of man, beast, and fowl, this particular animal story deals with lessons of courage, forgiveness, and even a “Little” growing up.

—Samantha, Caleb, Karen, and Brian


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