Stuart Little 2: Sony Picture Imageworks
Owen Gleiberman
July 17, 2002 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Stuart Little 2

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
72 minutes
Wide Release Date
07/19/02
performer
Geena Davis, Michael J. Fox, Jonathan Lipnicki, Brad Garrett, Melanie Griffith, Nathan Lane, Hugh Laurie, James Woods, Steve Zahn
director
Rob Minkoff
distributor
Columbia Pictures
author
Bruce Joel Rubin
genre
Kids and Family, Comedy, Sci-fi and Fantasy

We gave it an B

It’s a sign of the times that ”Stuart Little,” one of the rare sublime novels for children, was turned into an air-popped, digitally animated talking-critter jamboree that wiped away the book’s melancholy beauty. The surprise of Stuart Little 2 is that, in its slapstick-lite way, it comes closer than the first movie did to evoking the book’s wistful vision of loyalty and friendship.

Stuart, now comically well-integrated into the Little family (it’s a wry joke that Geena Davis and Hugh Laurie casually refer to him as their ”son”), finds a comrade in Margalo, a troubled parakeet who drops out of the sky and into his miniature sedan. Michael J. Fox and Melanie Griffith voice these two with a vulnerable urgency, and the animation is so vibrant that you can practically reach out and touch the fur and feathers. Very much a kiddie ride, ”Stuart Little 2” is lively without being hyperactive — it’s a bouncy mouse caper with a wee bit of soul.

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