Friday, October 2, 2015

Stuart Little: Family Movie Review

The film adaptation of Stuart Little is based on the story by E.B. White and was always a favorite of my sons.  Released in 1999, the film combines live action and computer animation (it was nominated for Best Visual Effects) and stars Michael J. Fox as Stuart Little along with Geena Davis (Mrs. Little), Hugh Laurie (Mr. Little), and Nathan Lane as the Littles' mischievous cat, Snowbell.  The film spawned two sequels along with a brief television series.

Stuart Little


The Littles decide to add to their family of three by adopting a second child.  However, once at the orphanage, Mr. and Mrs. Little fall in love with Stuart - not a child, but an orphaned mouse.  They decide to make him part of their family. However, the Littles' older son has a hard time accepting Stuart as his new brother.  It quickly becomes apparent that the Littles didn't think this decision through carefully when their pet cat, Snowbell, nearly has Stuart for dinner. 

The beginning of the film focuses on Stuart's adjustment to life with a human family and provides some obvious laughs, but quickly shifts its attention to the fact that Stuart feels an "empty space" in his heart and decides he'd like to try and find his biological parents. Snowbell, with the help of his street-wise feline friend, Monty (Steve Zahn), devises a plan to get Stuart out of the Little home for good, which will allow Snowbell to save face among his cat friends who tease him relentlessly for being the cat whose master is a mouse. 

What ensues is the ultimate game of cat and mouse (quite literally) as Stuart must find his way back to the Littles and prove that family is who you choose it to be. 

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Stuart Little is rated PG for brief language (damn being the worst of it). There are some cute, even silly, scenes that will sure to entertain. Without trying to sound biased, the cats really stole the spotlight in this film. It is suitable for the entire family, particular those with younger viewers, and makes a fun, family movie-night when you've already exhausted the more recent films. 


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7 comments:

  1. I loved this book! I read it when I was in 2nd or 3rd grade and dreamed of having a mouse for a family member for a little bit. I never brought myself to watch the movie, though. Does it live up to the book?

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    1. Ssshhh, I never read the book! BUT, apparently it is only loosely based on the book. Not my favorite film (because I thought Stuart was cute enough, I'm so weird) but my sons loved it when they were younger and your daughter will definitely enjoy it. Great cast. My 11-year-old chose this one and was still laughing throughout.

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  2. Yep I am another one of the "read the book" crowd, but I also enjoyed the movie. It was around the time when my kids still enjoyed these types of movies :)

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    1. Why do I have the sudden urge to read this book? Thanks for reading and commenting, Jeremy.

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  3. This was a very enjoyable movie, .

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    1. Yes, not my favorite by any means, but children like it and that's what matters most. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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  4. A great Movie.love it....

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