In New York City, you would come across a small house, home to a family known as the Littles. You would happen to think of them as the nicest family you'd ever meet. One day, Fredrick and Eleanor, both parents and Littles, ho to and orphanage to find a brother for their son, George. While at it, they meet Stuart, a small, but charming mouse, who apparently, is human-civilized. They adopt him, and everyone, even George, loves him. But there is one problem with Stuart's life, Snowbell, the Little family cat, who wants him. But when trouble starts up almost immediately, Stuart must make it back to his home-before snowbell's friends find out about him
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 »
Extra scenes not featured in the theatrical release:
Upon arriving at the Little house, Stuart begins his tour in the kitchen and dining room, where the Littles prepare and eat "western omelettes, mashed potatoes, and all varieties of meatloaf." Included as a deleted scene on the DVD.
Stuart crawls inside the piano to fix a stuck key. Mr. & Mrs. Little begin to sing "Heart And Soul," while Stuart performs a piano duet by striking the hammers from the inside. This scene is not included on the DVD, but was restored for the ABC-TV broadcast.
Later, Mr. Little decides to remove "Three Blind Mice" from the piano songbook. Mrs. Little gets the idea to invite the family for a party and to buy Stuart some new clothes. Restored for the ABC-TV broadcast.
Following the party, the Littles begin to question their fitness as adoptive parents. Included on the DVD and restored for the ABC-TV broadcast.
In Stuart's bedroom, Snowbell spends a few quick moments antagonizing Stuart over George's outburst at the party. Restored for the ABC-TV broadcast.
George wakes up remembering that Stuart has left to live with the Stouts, but thinks at first that it was only a dream. Included on the DVD and restored for the ABC-TV broadcast.
At the Stout home, Stuart proposes that they go on a family outing. Included as a deleted scene on the DVD, though some of the CG work is unfinished.
After arriving at the Little home, the detectives begin to question the Littles for the missing persons report. They get as far as asking Stuart's height and weight before realizing that he's a mouse. Included on the DVD and restored for the ABC-TV broadcast.
While at the police station, the Littles are shown some mouse lineups in hopes of identifying the Stouts. Included on the DVD and restored for the ABC-TV broadcast.
If you told me five years ago that I'd be watching a movie about a mouse who is adopted by humans, I'd probably ask you what kind of drugs you were taking and how many would I need to take to enjoy such puerile piffle. But five years ago we didn't have the kind of technical wizardry we have now; witness Toy Story, the new Star Wars, or any of the recent Disney films. Five years ago, the mouse would have been a regular rodent with a not-too-subtle voiceover. Remember Homeward Bound, the movie about the two dogs and the cat? There was no computer animation there, and you were basically left with three animals who appeared to cavort onscreen while some humans talked in the background.
So now here we have Stuart Little, a tiny little mouse (voiced by the always-fresh Michael J. Fox) who has lived his entire life in an orphanage. One day, the Littles (Hugh Laurie and Geena Davis) come to the orphanage looking for a brother for their young son George (Jonathan Lipnicki). Of course, with so many cute little boys and girls, it's impossible to choose - until they come across Stuart, who seems smart, funny, and wise beyond his years. George isn't too fond of Stuart at the start - he expected something a little... um, taller - but this is a kids' movie, after all, so eventually they bond as only a boy and his mouse brother can - by winning a boat race against a nasty bully.
There are a few storylines jammed into this 85-minute extravaganza. Stuart wants to learn about his natural parents, the family cat wants to kill him, and the parents want Stuart and George to get along. The way most of it plays out will come off as standard movie fare - predictable to those of us over 10, perhaps - but the winning charm of Fox as the loveable Stuart coupled with an engaging and appealing cast of characters makes up for any familiarity you might feel. On top of it all - the special effects. Now, I'm not one to heap overweening praise on special effects, but at no point during the viewing of this movie did I consider Stuart (or the cat, voiced by Nathan Lane) to be an artificial computer creation. Sure, you have to suspend belief a little bit for this movie, but hey - don't you have to do that with almost any movie, anyway?
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