“ Genre: Children's DVDs / Theatrical Release: 1999 / Director: Rob Minkoff / Actors: Michael J. Fox, Geena Davis ... / DVD released 08 July, 2002 at Sony Pictures Home Entertainment / Features of the DVD: Anamorphic, Dubbed, PAL, Widescreen „
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Stuart little is a pretty good children's film, not one of my favourites however I have seen it a couple of times now and I did fairly enjoy it.
Stuart little is a mouse, an animated mouse with human qualities, living with humans in their house as if it was family. Stuart, at the beginning of the film has been adopted by the littles when they were at the adoption agency looking for a new family member, so of course, they come home with a mouse to join the family.
At first their son doesn't take well to the mouse, however the cat snowbell takes very well to the mouse, but for reasons other than she wants Stuart in her family, more like she wants him in her belly.
The film is all about Stuart and the adventures he and his new family get themselves into throughout the film, usually involving Stuart nearly being killed by various animals and then being saved at the last minute.
The film is a fairly decent watch, its not a bad kids film, and theres always something happening in it so it doesn't really get boring, the animation throughout is really good but perhaps the story could be a bit better.
Stuart Little: Voiced by Michael J. Fox
Eleanor Little: Hugh Laurie
Frederick Little: Geena Davis
George Little: Jonathan Lipnicki
Snowbell: Voiced by Nathan Lane
The Littles are a family who decide to go to an orphange to adopt a new member to their family - but they didn't realise it was going to be a mouse! George doesn't like the new addition to begin with, but Stuart soon wins his heart and they become the best of friends. Stuart has to overcome plenty of obstacles; his 'real' parents, and a cat named 'Snowbell' who hates him. Will Stuart leave with his supposedly 'real' parents, or will he stay with his new family?
Stuart Little has an excellent storyline which both children and adults alike will enjoy. It involves a small mouse who you find yourself wanting to just fit in with the family and be happy. As a character, Stuart has a great personality which everyone will like, and the Littles have the generic loving family role.
The animation is astounding; Stuart Little looks realistic and a lot of attention to detail has been put into it. His mouth moves perfectly with every word that is spoken, and his movements reflect how he is feeling at that particular time. It is very fluid, and there is never a time when you think that the animation is below par; it has all had great effort put into it and it really does show in the film.
The only thing that I don't like about the film is the fact that the actors can't really act around this mouse. Since the mouse isn't real, the actors have to pretend he's with them in the shot, and you can really tell. Geena Davis tends to look blankly sometimes at him, and the movements that she does tend to be stiff. For instance, when she picks Stuart up, she tends not to cup her hand correctly so she seems extremely stiff. Hugh Laurie seems a bit better at doing this, but his expressions don't quite seem to mimic Stuart's words sometimes.
Overall, this film is a good one; but only if you can cope with the wooden movements of the actors. It has everything you need to occupy little children, and even adults could like it if they look beyond the movements.
Stuart Little is one of my favourite children's DVD is has a wonderful story line and is a real pleasure to watch. The film was originally released in 1999 and the DVD copy came out in 2002. What I liked most about the film was that it was a different concept in that it is a children's DVD with a difference. I thought that the actors including Michael J Fox and Green Davis really were exceptional and made the film what it is. The soundtrack was also very good and I thought it linked in really well with the scenes. The overall quality of production was exceptional and together with an excellent story line this really is a very good film. I would reeally recommend this as a children's DVD however, I don't believe it has that universal an age range appeal.
Stuart Little is the story of a mouse who seems to be very much a human at heart. The Littles adopt this cute mouse and he becomes a family member, George his brother is disappointed at this but he overcomes this prejudice. Stuart must go through some comic adventures in order to find his lost bird friend whilst being the new member of the family.
I overall would say that this DVD is well worth getting and oncsidering it has been out for a long whole now I would imagine you can pick it up very cheaply indeed. It is well worth adding to your children's DVD collection though and it will provide some great entertainment. I hope this was useful and thank you very much for reading this.
I took my nieces to see this in the Summer, and came away having had as enjoyable a time as they. This was just a heartwarming movie. Somehow it's a kids movie that appeals to adults too. Stuart Little is just so cute! How could anyone not love him?
Unfortunately, if you are an only child and desperately want a brother, a mouse doesn't quite cut the cheese. Even if it's a mouse that wears neat little clothes, walks upright and speaks as well as you or I. The adaptation of E. B. White's story is excellent, and somehow they came up with the perfect cast. Between the "real"actors (that you see on the screen), the voices, and the special effects, this movie somehow managed to combine it all into a tale that will appeal to anyone who has a warm heart. There are some sad bits along the way but good wins in the end, and everyone lives happily ever after. Michael J. Fox may never be actually seen in the film, but he IS Stuart Little. He manages to convey every emotion, sometimes you almsot believe this mouse is real and doing the talking! It just seems so genuine.
As a children's or family movie, this was excellent. When we went the theatre was full - and there were quite a few teenage boys in there, too. They must have been big brothers or just there because their girlfriend wanted to go ... or maybe they just wanted to see "Stuart Little"for themselves!
Stuart Little is a great watch it together family film. It's all about a mouse called Stuart who gets adopted by the Little family ahhh and becomes Stuart Little and a brother to George.
Stuart Little is based on the classic book by E B White.
Join in the fun as Stuart embarks on all sorts of crazy adventures as he searches for a sense of belonging in a human sized world.
There are some really good special effects and lots of comedy and action in this film.
This film is great and is a lovely family film. It is wonderfully made with effects that convince you it is really happening and the witty script will have adults and children alike laughing.
My favourite character in this film is the family cat called Snowball, he has some great lines and really makes me laugh.
Storyline is a bit unrealistic a couple want to adopt a child but end up adopting a mouse (yes it happens everyday) but the storyline seems to work and most children seem to love it.
Available on DVD from amazon.co.uk for £3.98.
Stuart little is a modern day Annie, but without the singing! It is very entertaining, albeit a bit freaky! A talking mouse?? A talking mouse adopted by humans?? No wonder George is a little pissed off to find he has a rodent for a brother! The film is great though, both my daughter and myself were glued to the movie the whole way through! I would definitely recommend this if you have young children. A must have for the holidays or rainy days.
Knowing that I am a big Disney fan and afficianado of childrens' book and films, friends recommended that I watch Stuart Little. Well this weekend I finally got round to it - so what did I think?
The film opens with a very excited small boy George who is over the moon because his mum and dad, Mr and Mrs Little (Hugh Laurie and Geena Davis) are off to the local orphanage to pick up a new brother for him - someone he can play baseball and football with. While he is at school Mr and Mrs Little get to meet all the girls and boys at the orphanage but don't know which one to choose. Along comes Stuart (voiced by Michael J Fox) a tiny white mouse who tells the couple that he has been there for years because nobody wants to adopt a mouse. Well yes you've guessed it. They decide to adopt him.
Imagine George's disappointment when he returns from school to find not a brother but a mouse. He spends the next few days sulking and is not to happy with Stuart and the attention he is getting. Without giving too much away a series of events happen which bring the two together and they become very close. The baddie in the film is the family's pet cat Snowbell who plots with friends to get rid of the mouse.
The rest of the story revolves around Stuart's disappearnce from the family home, his adventures and his battle with Snowbell and a group of alley cats. Like most fairy stories this one has a happy ending.
WHAT DID I THINK?
The story was amusing and touching in parts. The funniest character for me was Sowbell the cat. The cat scenes were very clever and provided some adult humour. One would expect this film to be of a high standard directed by Rob Minkoff who co directed The Lion King and it is. There are some amazing state of the art special effects too. Hugh Laurie and Geena Davies looked like they enjoyed playing their parts, indeed they went on to play in the sequel.
I enjoyed this fi
lm. Described as a comedy adventure, I have to admit that for me it isn't in the league of either Shrek or Monsters Inc. I'm glad that I watched it but I wouldn't rush to see it again. However it is a "nice" little story and well worth a viewing.
Sweeter than Sugar, the ultimate in cutesy pie, stereotypical American family, Hugh Laurie, Geena Davis and that kid that played the human lead in The Little Vampire, the most despicable one of them all, and in a schmaltzier than schmaltzy manner, they go wandering off down the orphanage to make their horrid little brood complete, but astonishingly they decide to take on a talking mouse, whom they just know is right for them. Sickened yet? Well, it gets a lot, lot worse - I give you Stuart Little, and it serves you bloody well right, you Christmas loving saps - join me and weep as I give you the dave27 appreciation of one of the most vom-inducing 'comedies' of all time - well, what else could you class this crap as? Oh well, at least that crappy Persian, Snowbell, doesn't like him, except on a sandwich that is - "You mustn't eat a member of the family, Snowbell." And the sickly sweet kid, George, doesn't either, at least at first - "Do you want to ask Stuart anything, George?" "Can you pass the gravy.?" Cat and rat get the best lines throughout, but that's not saying a vast amount because the competition is pretty damn weak kneed. There's not a great deal here, if truth be told, you just get an alarmingly shallow, appallingly predictable, gut wrenchingly tepid heap of mouse droppings, when Hugh Laurie's tenuous American accent is made to seem almost believable among the moralistic claptrap on show. Fifties Americana brought pathetically up to date by a wisecracking rodent with a heart of gold and the sort of family you'd kill to escape from - imagine a Christmas holiday spent with this bunch of jerks. And that bloody elevator music soundtrack, inexcusable hokum of the most awful kind, and there are no excuses - the godawful losers actually think this trash is something people will want to see - they did, but I don't care, this is bloody contempt
ible stuff and really it's just getting badly on my nerves even thinking about this absolute dross. Hugh Laurie wears a bow tie and looks like a Fifties banker - Geena Davis wears an overcoat that Doris Day would have loved - you even get cats having a conversation over the catfood like they were Homer and Barney in Moe's - come on now, people, you should avoid this at all costs - so be bloody warned. God here comes that bloody music again, all thrilling violins and 'wacky' clarinet lines, oh and what's that violent retching sound in the corner, oh yes, hello dinner, did I really eat that? Look, you might have gathered by now that I'm just the teensiest bit unimpressed by this depressingly sickly film - well in the interests of objectivity and giving the public exactly what they want I've decided to be very, very kind (or evil, you make your mind up) - I discovered a website which goes completely over the top in its adoration of this film and thought I'd let you in on a few of the most interesting excerpts - if you want the full load check out http://movieweb.com/movie/stuartlittle/stuartl.htm - oh and DO NOT SAY THAT I HAVEN'T WARNED YOU - this film is the most despicable tosh - "He's clever, enthusiastic, a 'can do' guy with attitude-and he's a mouse. From Rob Minkoff, co-director of The Lion King, comes the comedy adventure Stuart Little, based on the classic book by beloved American author E.B. White that has been entertaining families for over 50 years. A little guy with a big heart (not to mention whiskers, a little pink nose and a really dapper wardrobe), Stuart (voiced by Michael J. Fox) searches for a sense of belonging and a place to call home in a decidedly supersized world. When he's adopted by the Littles, a human family played by Academy Award winner Geena Davis, Jonathan Lipnicki and Hugh Laurie, he embarks on adventures with a variety of characters - includi
ng his nemesis, family cat Snowbell (voiced by Nathan Lane) - and learns the true meaning of family, loyalty and friendship. The Littles, in the meantime, discover there is a little "Stuart" in all of us - the spunk, spirit and courage to be true to ourselves and follow our dreams despite the odds." (Can you believe this dross - a mouse with spunk?) "In a cosy brownstone nestled among the grey monoliths along the section of Fifth Avenue that borders New York City's Central Park, Mr. and Mrs. Little bring home a surprising addition to the Little family... Stuart. Despite the urgings of Mrs. Keeper at the orphanage to "adopt within their own species," the Littles beam with the pride of new parents. Producer Douglas Wick explains the family's unusual choice: "The Littles don't really see a mouse when they look at Stuart. They see another living creature who is smart, kind and very alone. Their hearts tell them that Stuart is a perfect fit for the Little family, even though no reasonable person could possibly agree." As his adventures unfold, however, Stuart is faced with challenges and choices that could risk his truly deserved happiness. These obstacles might present a problem for a typical mouse... but not for Stuart. "Stuart is a guy who doesn't look at the world from a mouse's perspective. He recognises that he looks different than other people, but that's not important," comments director Rob Minkoff. Wick observes, "Every child feels like a different species than his parents. As a child, you're always looking at the world at knee-level, and it seems scary and overwhelming. Watching the heroics of someone three inches tall can be very inspiring." Despite an obvious appeal to the younger set, Stuart Little manages to strike a balance between children's fantasy and an adult sensibility. Filmmakers drew inspiration from E.B. White, Stuart's creator, who w
rote the original book with this multigenerational appeal." This stuff is abysmal and I can't take any more - this film is total, utter codswallop of the most saccharine sweet kind - YUCK! I'm outta here... PS Kids might like it?.
A mouse with a pet cat? Ludicrous? Mr and Mrs Little (Hugh Laurie and Geena Davis) are adopting a child to be a little brother to their son, George (Jonathan Lipnicki). The ‘child’ they choose to adopt is Stuart, a three inch tall mouse (voiced by Michael J Fox). Stuart is taken back to the Little family home and meets the family’s cat, Snowbell. Not surprisingly Snowbell tries to devour Stuart but spits him out on Mr and Mrs Little’s command; because ‘we don’t eat family members’. George is not really very happy to meet his new ‘brother’ at first but Stuart endears himself by helping him to win a model yacht race. So, the Little family seems to be happy at last. However, Snowbell is humiliated to have a mouse in the family and when the other cats in the neighbourhood find out, he is driven to asking for help to have Stuart removed, as he just can’t stand the shame. Mr and Mrs Stout arrive at the Little family’s door. They are mice and claim to be Stuart’s real parents and take him back to their home (a castle on a crazy golf course!). However, they are really impostors working for the cats! The subterfuge is discovered when the adoption agency contacts the Littles to tell then that Stuart’s real parents were killed in a tragic mushroom soup accident (crushed by cans on a 2 for 1 offer at a supermarket – so badly injured they had to be identified by dental records!). The police are called in and the hunt for Stuart begins. Needless to say, there is a happy ending but there are lots of excitements on the way… The animation of Stuart is fantastic and absolutely seamless with the human actors. I think it was unfortunate to use Michael J Fox’s voice, as it is quite distinctive and it is difficult to watch the film without associating Stuart with him. I think it would have been more effective to use
the voice of an unknown actor. Having said that, this will not affect young children viewers and, in reality that is at whom this film is aimed, but parents (and other adults) don’t be put off by the U Certificate rating, it is a fun enjoyable movie, which will bring a smile to your face and a love of small rodents to your heart! The storyline may not exactly be surprising but the portrayal of the Little family by Laurie, Davis and Lipnicki is engaging and Stuart is quite adorable! Watch it with your children, watch it on your own, just watch it and be pleasantly surprised. OTHER INFO Columbia Pictures www.stuartlittlemovie.co.uk
The film "Stuart Little" is about a little mouse who takes up residence in a childrens orphanage and is adopted by the Banks family. Everything is going smoothly in the family home until the adorable little mouse meets Snowball the family house cat, who wants rid of the "pest". The film basically revolves around the plotting of Snowball the cat and his very evil friends and it also shows George Banks(the son), gradually learn to accept the idea of having a mouse as a brother! It is a simple yet clever and heartwarming tale of friendship and made me laugh and cry! I would recommend this film to anyone who is young at heart!It is a perfect film for families with little kids as the plot is simple and easy to understand and is great for adults too. Overall, a great film, bound to make you laugh and is great for a bit of heartwarming fun!
Ron Minkoff directs this M Night Shyamalan screenplay adaptation of the heart-warming book by E B White. M Night Shyamalan, a talented young writer (and director – he wrote and directed Sixth Sense starring Bruce Willis) adapts this wonderful E B White book detailing the story of Stuart Little. I read this book to my children when they were six and was excited and intrigued by the screen adaptation. The book tells the tale of a mouse that is adopted by a family, and the adventures that he has. The book is an enchanting fairy tale that is superb for young children (And old adults like myself!) The Movie Mr and Mrs Little (played by Geena Davies and Hugh Laurie), decide to adopt a younger brother or sister for their son George. George is initially very excited at the prospect of having a younger sibling to play with. The Little’s are a fairly prosperous family and live in the cutest little house you could ever find in New York. The Little’s go to an adoption home and search for a new child. As they arrive and view all the young children they become very confused, as all the children look wonderful. They sit down and try to contemplate which child would be perfect for them. Suddenly Stuart Little, a cute little mouse talks to them and tells them that they should relax and then the choice will effectively make itself. The mouse is very philosophical and sad; he always knows that no-one is going to pick him. Much to Stuart’s surprise, the Little’s instantly fall in love with Stuart and adopt him. George, expecting a young brother is not very impressed with having a mouse as a sibling and initially becomes jealous of Stuart. His dislike is very evident throughout the first part of the movie as they both vie for their parent’s attention. However, as Stuart begins to live in their house and offers to help George build a boat for an imminent boat race, a friendship builds that event
ually transforms into love. The family has a cat who is very put out at having a mouse as a master. After his cat friend laugh’s at him for having a mouse master he decides to get rid of Stuart. Initially this involves getting his ‘real’ parents to come and take him home, but as it is found out that these are fake, it becomes necessary for Stuart to be eliminated by cats. An also mafia like cat organizes a posse and Stuart’s life is suddenly in danger. There are several twists in the plot that are fairly predictable, and the movie involves Stuart’s adventures trying to outrun the cats through sewers and New York’s central park. There are some very funny scenes throughout the movie; one being where Stuart somehow gets washed in a washing machine, that add a lot of laughter to the movie. The Actors Geena Davies, who is perhaps more used to playing more flamboyant characters in action type movies plays a very quiet mother who is demure and kind. Her performance is adequate as she doesn’t really make an impression on the audience. Hugh Laurie, who is a very funny British Comedian and is famous in Britain for his duo with Stephen Fry and has appeared in several british sit-coms including Black Adder, also fails to impress. Perhaps because he is trying to play an American, his charisma and comedy abilities do not really come through in this movie. Michael J Fox is perhaps the best performer in the whole movie as he disguises his voice and becomes Stuart Little. The animations The animations in this movie are excellent. Stuart Little combines the mannerisms of a mouse with the mannerisms of a human to create an adorable and cute character. With animated tears, shrugs and smiles, the animation of Stuart is the best part of the movie. The animation of the cats combines trained cats with animation. The mouths are animated to cre
ate the illusion that the cats talk. This is generally very good and adds some excitement to the movie. Conclusion Stuart Little is one of my favorite books. The screen play brings the book to life but cannot really portray the excitement held in the book. Shyamalan has perhaps over simplified the story not expecting children to be able to follow a more complicated script. The movie could be improved by adding more plot and letting the actors show a little more of their true characters
This film really caught my imagination! I only watched it because it was on at a friends house and I wanted to see what was keeping the children so quiet! It’s Stuart himself that does it for me. He has so much character for a computer animated mouse, from his fluffy little head to his toes!! (Ooops, going all girly now). He blends in with the ‘real’ actors seamlessly, as do the cats in the movie. The story line itself is a little bit too ridiculous, even for me – a couple want a second child and decide to adopt a talking mouse instead! Fun and adventure follow when the family cat decides to get rid of Stuart for the sake of his reputation! I thought this film might scare my son who’s quite a sensitive three and a half year old, as the cats are extremely realistic and the parts of the movie involving them are set at night. However, he had no such problems. I think he realised that the mouse wasn’t real, and there was nothing to fear from the family cat!! The film is really different and has a nice cosy feel to it, the kids are bound to love it – and you probably will too!
The idea for this film seems quite unbelievable in that a family want to adopt a boy to be a brother for their son, but they end up adopting a mouse! This really did have the potential to be a great film but somewhere along the way somebody seemed to give up on this film a bit. There was so much potential for making a really great film, which could have been very entertaining and funny. The character Stuart Little is a loveable mouse that by the end of the film you are convinced is real as the special effects are so good. But what happened to the story line? Unfortunately there is a very shallow story that predictably involves a lot of cats. The trailers for the film are very entertaining and tempt you to watch the film, but these extracts are a collection of the main action from the film and there is little else. It is such a shame as obviously so much effort has gone into perfecting the mouse character. At the end of the film there are a number of shots shown as the credits are rolling and some of these are the best action shots involving the mouse from the whole film, so why weren’t they included in the actual film? I suppose for young children there may be some enjoyment, but even for youngsters I think they will expect more of a plot. So much promise, but disappointing, I am afraid I cannot recommend this film.
Most good kids films have something for the adults too. In that respect this movie is the worst in the Genre as far as I'm concerned. Amazing special effects, well we expect that these days don't we. The film had no logic whatsoever. The little boy wants a brother or sister, the parents want another kid, probably as their existing one keeps wearing stupid suits and probably being a young conservative. So what do they do, they go to the orphanage and come back with a rat. Makes sense so far..... The kid wants to see his new brother and sees a rat and goes off in a huff. Well who wouldn't? They then have to buy the rat some clothes so they take him shopping, and get this, noone bats an eyelid, I know it's America but surely even the stupidest yank would be slightly astonished by a talking rat asking for a new suit of clothes. This to me was a mistake, it would have been funnier if having a talking mouse was just a little unusual. Then the boy never trakes to the rat as a brother until the rat helps him win the snootiest model boat competition ever. It then descends intos into farce. Seriously though the films main theme is adoption, and it could touch a few nerves with adopted kids out there, so if your child is adopted, don't be surprised if little jimmy or jemima has a truckload of questionfor you afterwards. The best thing about this film for me was Hugh Laurie slipping from English accent to American accent as many as 40 times per sentence.
Admit it Mr Spielberg, you 've got this thing about mice. ( Known to psychoanalysts as Mickey-envy) First there was the Mouskowitz family in ' An American Tail', then came the darkly comic 'Mouse hunt' and now the fantastic childrens extravaganza, 'Stuart Little'. THE FILM ----------- Largely unknown outside the USA, EB White's story about a mouse adopted by the Little family is hugely popular over there. ( kinda like the Grinch!). There is a scene in Mrs Doubtfire where Robin Wiliams reads it as a bedtime story for his daughter. This skilfully adapted screenplay is by one Mr Night Shyamalan. Starring Hugh Laurie and Geena Davis as the Little pa and ma, along with the tot Jonathan Lipnicki as their son George( Jerry Maguire, The Little Vampire) the film is largely driven by the extraordinary CGI mouse Stuart Little. ( voiced immaculately by Michael J Fox). Initially George dislikes his mouse 'brother' but soon learns to love him. The house cat Snowbell ( a hilariously feline Nathan Lane) detests the new arrival and worries that it will be the laughing stock of the local cat community. In a fit of jealousy Snowbell puts a 'hit ' out on Stuart and some enchanting adventures ensue including a miniature car chase and a boat ride across the lake in Central Park. This is a short movie, making you hanker for more. Although very American in conception, this is bound to charm any tot in the hosue and adults alike. The CGI mice are ultra realistic with the voice talents of Steve Zahn, Chazz Palmintieri and Jennifer Tilly. The seamless merging og real life actors and Mice are done so well that each scene is a special effect that you nearly forget. All in all well worth an evening for the kids, they may even want to watch it over and over, freeing you up to do 'grown up' things! THE DISC: ------------ Stuart Little is a above average DVD
with solid workmanship. The Picture quality is flawlessly transferred to an 1:1.85 aspect ratio that is enhanced for 16x9 tellies. ( that means no black bars if you happen to have a widescrren tV.) The colours are rich and as mentioned above the CGI effects are impressive with no artefacts. The Sound reproduction is excellent on a Dolby Digital track. The surround speakers are utilised well and for a childrens film the sound FX are done pretty well. This is a short film at 81 minutes and Columbia Tristar have made good use of the Disc by piling a impressive array of special features. This inclues an interactive Visual effects featurette. The scenes are examined at each level of development an it is fascinating to watch the mouse take life. there is a HBO featurette called 'Making it Big' which features interviews with cast and crew. There are six deleted scenes with commentary. Some funny Out takes, Screen tests etc. There are some good features for the kids including a readable electronic book, Central park adventure game, a DVD ROM game called Roadster and a couple of music videos. All in all a fantastic gift for the kids. Adults will equally marvel at the SFX. Well worth your hard earned dosh. SUMMATION : --------------- (Max 5*) Film: **** Disc: ***** Stuart Little is a fun Disc and very big on the extra features.
This live-action version of EB White's novel doesn't have quite the magic of, say, Toy Story. Stuart Little is squarely aimed, and successfully so, at the 4- to 10-year-old viewer. Does this make it a bad family film? Not in the slightest. The gee-whiz visual effects (created by original Star Wars wizard John Dykstra) and the film's ebullient wholesomeness make this a welcome addition to the home library. In EB White's world, it's hardly surprising that human parents would adopt "outside their species". The smooth-talking mouse Stuart (voiced by Michael J. Fox) seems the perfect new child for parents Geena Davis and Hugh Laurie, especially with an adorable wardrobe of very small sweaters and pants. Stuart has more difficulty fitting in with the Little's family cat, Snowbell (voiced by Nathan Lane, who also deftly voiced Timon in director Rob Minkoff's last feature, The Lion King). The simple story deals with Stuart trying to fit in with his new life, including big brother George (Jerry Maguire's scene-stealing Jonathan Lipnicki). And of course there's an adventure when Snowbell's schemes put Stuart into real danger from the devious plans of an alley cat named Smokey (voiced by Chazz Palminteri). Brisk--85 minutes--amusing, and tolerably cute, Stuart Little stands tall. Two curios: The effects are so cleanly done that we could call Stuart the first successfully computer-animated actor, and the screenplay was co-written by M. Night Shyamalan, who made bigger waves in 1999 writing and directing The Sixth Sense. --Doug Thomas, Amazon.com