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Stuart Little 2

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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:
60000
genre:
Kids and Family, Comedy, Sci-fi and Fantasy

We gave it a 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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