"... even at 74-minutes, a lot of cuteness to stretch a long way ..."
Sequel to the popular childrenís movie from 1999, the cast, crew and computer animated mouse are reunited for another mini-adventure.Set in a squeaky-clean, neon color coordinated New York (mostly bright oranges and yellows), the Little family has not grown much since their last appearance. Stuartís older, human brother is branching out with new friends as Stuart himself feels babied by his mother, too afraid to let him do much for fear of his size. He, too, makes a new friend, a female canary voiced by Melanie Griffith, whom he saves from an evil falcon. But Stuartís naÔvetť prevents him from realizing the two birds are a con team out to fence some jewelry. (Ultimately a little abandoned birdie taken under the wing of the bullying bad birdie.) Romantic notions are toyed with at first, a perverse outer-species, exogamous crush, but even at 74-minutes, it is a lot of cuteness to stretch a long way. With the exception of the animal stars, able to communicate via the human tongue, there never seems to be an indication of the impact of animal/human relations. Stuart is seen attending school with his brother, and they are both on the same soccer team, but the participation of animals elsewhere is inexplicably devoid. The attention of the children is relatively held, even if their own unawareness prevents the bigger action from being much more than a bleak good versus bad. Deceit and two-facedness are something kids (hopefully) are not too knowledgeable and versed in. Either way, itís short and not too harmless.
Directed by Rob Minkoff. With Geena Davis, Jonathan Lipnicki, and the voices of Michael J. Fox, Nathan Lane and James Woods.[Worth-seeing.]