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Stuart Little
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by EricDSnider

"No animation involved; Michael J. Fox is actually that small."
4 stars

The most brilliant touch in "Stuart Little," the delightful new family comedy based on the story by E.B. White ("Charlotte's Web") is that when the Little family goes to adopt a child, and they come home with a talking mouse named Stuart, NO ONE CARES.

This is a talking mouse, for crying out loud! Yet no one ever seems surprised that a rodent can speak. If anything is an issue, it's the fact that the family has adopted a mouse instead of a human -- but even there, the only one to raise a fuss is Stuart's adoptive brother, George (Jonathon Lipnicki).

The first half of the film is spent on Stuart winning over George, which he does by helping him win a toy-boat race in Central Park. After that, we move to Plot #2: Stuart's alleged birth parents show up to collect him, and he leaves the Little family for life as a mouse. Naturally, there's sinister doings afoot, but all turns out well in the end.

Stuart (voiced with lovable "aw-shucks" charm by Michael J. Fox), who exists only in computer-animation land, looks perfect, and the blend between live action and animation is seamless. A gang of cats, who talk but can only be understood by their fellow animals, have equally impressive voices and facial movements, aided by the same technology that gave us the two "Babe" movies.

Something else this film picked up from the "Babe" movies is the idea of creating the human characters in broad and cartoonish -- yet eminently likable -- strokes.

In addition, "Stuart Little" shares "Babe's" storybook charm and refusal to talk down to its audience. While many family comedies are either too dirty for kids or too stupid for adults, this one is neither. Adults will be charmed by the film's guileless sense of humor and sweetly overdone message of tolerance -- it doesn't matter that Stuart looks "different" from his family; they're still family! -- and kids will like everything else about it.

Everyone wishes Hollywood would make more high-quality, entertaining family films. Thankfully, they still turn up every now and then.

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User Comments

10/10/18 Ken Lame and stupid 1 stars
9/14/12 roscoe blandand mediocre. could've been so mucnh better. Stuart sucks. 2 stars
4/17/07 Stevo UK Stars a little mutant man-mouse. How cute. 1 stars
3/31/07 David Cohen For a movie with Geena Davis and Michael J. Fox, it wasn't bad 4 stars
2/02/07 Matt Icky rather than cute. Would have been much better if the toy plane went down in flames. 2 stars
12/09/04 Kristina Williams awful 1 stars
5/12/04 spence guys, this is a kids movie. Of course it will be boring for you. 4 stars
3/09/04 Jaco Visser Sweet, sweater, sweetest! 5 stars
9/03/02 Charles Tatum Nathan Lane saves this 4 stars
7/19/02 STEVE THIS MOVIE BITES! 1 stars
10/20/01 Andrew Carden Way Too Childish, and Totally Displeasing To Fans Of The Novel. 2 stars
8/08/01 Mr. Hat It's a cute movie. 4 stars
6/09/01 Turtle A warm, family film with a great comedy-factor. Plus it stars MICHAEL J. FOX! 4 stars
5/24/01 moose i would have left in the middle had my little cousin not been there. not cute, not funny. 1 stars
3/15/01 Richard Wright A film about the Littles that could've been a Little more amusing,a Little more exciting.. 3 stars
2/03/01 viking Great for the kids. 4 stars
1/31/01 Little Trooper My girlfriend dragged me to this shitfest... I fell asleep halfway through 1 stars
12/26/00 Mitja Podgajski shitty family movie... 2 stars
11/04/00 TruckGirl great, great, great animation! 5 stars
10/17/00 Jed Ok I admit perhaps I went far that but it was still good. 4 stars
5/09/00 Jed In all sorts of ways this is a good family flick. 5 stars
5/03/00 Brianna I thought it was great! It was sad 3 stars
4/29/00 Pansy Michael J. Fox is the star 3 stars
4/26/00 MR joel harwood KIDS no way adults YES EXCELLENT 5 stars
4/09/00 EMagGaRony cute, not the best but hey, it's a kids movie so what do you expect 4 stars
4/09/00 Shirley Stuart Little Is a very funny film, also sad and mysterious 4 stars
4/08/00 Bruen good 4 stars
12/20/99 Lame-Oh This was way retarded than Mousehunt. Could've been better 3 stars
12/19/99 mmmopens Technically good, yes. Funny, sometimes. 3 stars
12/19/99 Mr Showbiz Fun adaptation of the children's classic 3 stars
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