Stuart Little is a pleasant and playful family film about a mouse that is adopted and treated like a son.
The name is Stuart. It has white fur, stands 3 inches tall, and wears civilian clothing. It also speaks and is spoken to in English. The image is an effective CGI and Michael J Fox does a voice over that brings a warm and optimistic personality to it.
The adoptive family are the ‘Littles’. The father(Hugh Laurie) is a stately and dignified lad. His wife(Geena Davis) is perpetually sunny and affectionate. And their young son is George(Jonathan Lipnicki) who is smart, well groomed, but lacks confidence. And so Stuart is adopted to give him a “brother”.
They occupy a house that is tightly squeezed between buildings. And both inside and out are colorfully modeled like a play house. This not only further indicates the family‘s uniqueness but also supports the fairytale atmosphere that this type of story requires.
Among some questions might be these: why would a mouse be adopted into a home despite the presence of a pet cat? or the hazards posed by the mouse’s size? For example, it accidentally gets trapped in a washing machine and nearly drowns.
But these thoughts shouldn’t be bothered with because the film succeeds on being an adventure. This deals with where the mouse fits in and how it gets into trouble in a humans world.
The scene of a mouse driving a toy car is most likely to hold any viewers attention. Stuart also gets to sail an RC boat. For small scale action sequences, both are more than mildly entertaining. The RC boat race at Central Park is surprisingly more engaging than expected considering that these are just toys.
Stuarts problems are the cats. “No eating of family members” Mr. Little tells Snowbell, their jealous house cat. Snowbell is voiced by Nathan Lane who makes the cat sound witty. Another threatening cat is smokey (voice over by Chaz Palmienteri ) who leads a posse of stray cats as if they are the mafia, and who aims to “scratch off” Stuart.
Overall Stuart Little, directed by Rob Minkoff, is a fun picture. It’s attractive (aptly combines colors), has adventure, humor, and a lesson in resilience fittingly taught by a mouse.