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He's clever, enthusiastic, a can do guy with attitude - and he's a mouse. From Rob Minkoff, director of The lion king, comes the comedy adventure Stuart Little. Combining live action with groundbreaking visual effects technology by the artists and innovators at Sony imageworks, it's the story of a mouse who is raised by the Littles, a regular New York family (Geena Davis as Mrs Little, Hugh Laurie as Mr Little and Jonathan Lipnicki as George).
Stuart (Michael J Fox) embarks on adventures with a variety of characters, including his nemesis, Snowbell the cat (Nathan Lane), he learns the true meaning of family, loyalty and friendship.
Persons of interest
- Michael J Fox .... Stuart Little
- Geena Davis .... Mrs Little
- Hugh Laurie .... Mr Little
- Jonathan Lipnicki .... George
- Nathan Lane .... Snowbell
- Jennifer Tilly .... Mrs Stout
- Bruno Kirby .... Mr Stout
- Chazz Palminteri .... Smoky
- Steve Zahn .... Monty
- David Alan Grier .... Red
- EB White .... Author
- M Night Shyamalan .... Screenwriter
- Greg Brooker .... Screenwriter
- Rob Minkoff .... Director
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Stuart Little is as funny as a whack on the head with the funny stick. It's a little bit soppy, a little bit scary and a little bit predictable but it's all cool.
The CGI (computer generated imagery) is the best to date, not only for Stuart's incredible detail, but the talking cats as well. In fact, the cats absolutely steal the show. They're real cats with animated talking and expressions and they so behave like real cats and like people that you will fall on the floor laughing. They also have the best lines, but cats always do.
Big surprise, there is a cat living in my house.
The story is pretty basic (boy meets family, boy gets family, boy loses family, boy gets family back, the end) but that leaves plenty of room for fun and carryings on. These words underlie all of Stuart Little, changing it from a soppy family drama to a laugh a minute adventure. Kids of all ages (except 13-year-olds: you know what 13-year-olds are like) will find plenty to enjoy. Even adults and babysitters will have a good chortle, especially at the jokes which are aimed over the nippers' heads.
There's nothing offensive in this film, unless you're afraid of mice or allergic to cats, and even that non-offensiveness isn't offensive. There are dark tones throughout that complement the sweetness and light. George is really rude to Stuart when he first arrives, the Stouts kidnap Stuart under the pretence of being his long lost family, the cats are devious and underhanded (especially Smoky the mobster) and even the adults continually tell lies to their children. That's a big step forward for American films (although not so big for animation, which has always been able to get away with more than live action). One day they might even get irony.
Whoever you are, reading this review, go and get Stuart Little: it's great fun and more than worth the rental fee. Enjoy!
Media intelligence (DVD)
- Audio: Dolby 5.1
- Disc: single side, dual layer
- Animation artists' screen tests
- Behind-the-scenes: the making of the movie
- Rob Minkoff and animation supervisor Henry Anderson
- Visual effects supervisors John Dykstra and Jerome Chen
- Deleted scenes: 6 with optional director commentary
- DVD-ROM features and web links
- Gallery: conceptual rats
- Interactive visual effects feature with filmmakers' narration
- Music videos: Trisha Yearwood, R Angels, The Brian Setzer orchestra
- Production gag reel
- Picture disc
- Race with Stuart Hasbro ROM game
- Read along with Stuart or by yourself
- Stuart Central Park adventure interactive DVD game played with your remote control
- Talent profiles
- The boat race early concept reel with director narration
- Trailers: Theatrical
- Languages: English, Dutch, Flemish
- Picture: Widescreen (16:9 enhanced)
- Subtitles: English, Hindi, Dutch
Security censorship classification
85 minutes (1:25 hours)
Not for public release in Australia before date
Film: Undated September 2000