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Stuart Little (1999)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Family  |  17 December 1999 (USA)
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The Little family adopt a charming young mouse named Stuart, but the family cat wants rid of him.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stuart Little (voice)
Monty the Mouth (voice)
Jim Doughan ...
Detective Phil Allen / Lucky - Alley Cat (voice)
Red (Alley Cat) (voice)
Race Announcer (voice)


When the Littles go to an orphanage to adopt a new family member, their son, George, insists on a little brother as opposed to a big one. His request is honored more literally than he ever imagined when a charming young mouse named Stuart is chosen. While George is disappointed and initially unwelcoming to his new brother, the family cat, Snowbell, is even less enthusiastic at the prospect of having a mouse as his "master" and plots to get rid of him. Against these difficulties, Stuart resolves to face them with as much pluck, love and courage as he can muster. In doing so, he shows his beloved new family that great things can truly come in small packages. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The Little Family Just Got Bigger

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for brief language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 December 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Stuart Little, un ratón en la familia  »

Box Office


$133,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$15,018,223 (USA) (17 December 1999)


AUD 11,853,831 (Australia) (15 December 2000)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jenny McCarthy was offered the female lead role, but declined. See more »


At the end of the movie, the entire family goes back inside from the deck. Mr. and Mrs. Little, George and Stuart on Mrs. Little's outstretched hand. However, her hand is empty, Stuart is not there. See more »


Anton, the stuck-up bully: Gee George, you all done crying?
George Little: Yeah! Are you all done being a jerk?
Anton, the stuck-up bully: No!
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Crazy Credits

During the first portion of the end credits, George and Stuart are shown fooling around in Stuart's bedroom as Snowbell tries to catch Stuart. Snowbell goes as far as he can to catch Stuart to the point where he is launched out the side window and into a nearby dumpster. See more »


Referenced in Better Call Saul: Nacho (2015) See more »


1 + 1 = 2
Written by Lou Bega, Zippy, D. Fact, and Frank Lio
Performed by Lou Bega
Courtesy of BMG Ariola Muenchen GmbH
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Overly sugary but still quite fun
28 December 2003 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The Little family are looking to adopt a boy to give their son George a brother. When they go to the orphanage they meet an adorable mouse called Stuart and decide to adopt him. Despite early resistance from George, Stuart makes himself part of the family, much to the chagrin of the house cat Snowball. To get rid of Stuart, Snowball reaches out to some local alley cats to set up a whack on Stuart.

If my plot synopsis has talked up the mafia connotations of the cats, it is because that is the part of the film that I find the funniest part of the film because it is lacking in the syrup that kind of takes away from the rest of the film. The main story is quite sweet but also has a good sense of humour that will appeal to adults as much as children. It's not perfect for, like I said it does get a bit overly sentimental at times although it just about manages to stay sweetly sentimental and not fall into being sickly sentimental.

The animation is superb and only occasionally does Stuart look out of place in the frame. For the most part it all flows well together and was deserving of the Oscar nomination. Just as deserving is the animal training

  • anyone with cats will know how hard it is to get the little b*stards to

do anything you want, so to have them do so much work is very impressive (although I understand it is all about food).

The cast are all pretty good. Davis and Laurie play it straight and are lumbered with carrying the emotional side of the film and don't have much comedy (a shame considering Laurie's talents). Michael J. Fox does the best work - he makes his Stuart very sweet and likeable; a true prince amongst mice! Lipnicki does OK but is basically just the `cute kid' that is legally required in all American family movies. The funny stuff comes from Lane, Zahn, Kirby, Tilly and, best of all, Palminteri, who's mafia cat is hilarious and sends up his own characters by doing so.

Overall this is an enjoyable family film. It may not be hilarious for adults in the way Toy Story and it's like are but it is not dull. It has characters for adults and plenty for children and it's all a bit of fun with a slightly overly sweet centre to it.

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