Stuart Little

Stuart Little

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Director: Rob Minkoff, Michael J. Fox, Geena Davis, Hugh Laurie

Cast: Rob Minkoff, Michael J. Fox, Geena Davis, Hugh Laurie

     
 

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Mixing live action with computer animation, Stuart Little proved to be a clever and likeable adaptation of E. B. White's children's novel, and this wonderfully lavish DVD will delight kids still further. The anamorphic widescreen transfer of the film is flawless (a separate full-screen edition is also available for some reason), reproducing with perfect balance

Overview

Mixing live action with computer animation, Stuart Little proved to be a clever and likeable adaptation of E. B. White's children's novel, and this wonderfully lavish DVD will delight kids still further. The anamorphic widescreen transfer of the film is flawless (a separate full-screen edition is also available for some reason), reproducing with perfect balance the rather ornate look of the film. Alan Silvestri's orchestral score is nicely rendered by the Dolby 5.1 Sound, and the dialogue is crystal clear throughout. Stuart himself (i.e. Michael J. Fox) introduces the special features with the words, "Something for everyone," and truer words have never been spoken on a DVD menu screen. There is an absolutely mind-boggling array of extras on this disc, ranging from basics such as the original trailer, filmographies, and a 22-minute "making of" featurette to more innovative additions such as an interactive visual effects feature, a quite enjoyable question-and-answer game, and a read-along family album with optional narration by Stuart. Within the mass of conceptual art, gag reels, and music videos are six deleted scenes (available with or without commentary), of which a police lineup scene is the most amusing. Most of the supplements on this DVD are aimed at children, but the two audio commentaries are obviously included for adult consumption. The commentary by director Robert Minkoff and animation supervisor Henry Anderson is the more accessible, but the more technically minded will also enjoy the track by Jerome Chen and John Dykstra, which explains the background to the film's outstanding visual effects. The only thing that could possibly have made this disc any better would have been some input from M. Night Shyamalan, whose screenwriting credit remains the strangest aspect of Stuart Little. In every other respect, Columbia TriStar's DVD is an absolute triumph.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
You will believe a mouse can talk. Oh, and pilot a toy sailboat, among other anthropomorphic feats. Directed by Ron Minkoff (codirector of Disney's The Lion King) and coadapted for the screen by Oscar nominee M. Night Shyamalan ( The Sixth Sense), this delightful film combines live action with state-of-the-art, Oscar-nominated visual effects. The story comes from E. B. White's beloved book: Hugh Laurie and Oscar-winner Geena Davis star as Mr. and Mrs. Little, who set out to adopt a baby brother for their son George (Jonathan Lipnicki of Jerry Maguire) but instead return home with a mouse (ingratiatingly voiced by Michael J. Fox). The fuzzy white rodent, whom they name Stuart, is not a hit at home. "He's only a mouse," George grouses. The house cat, Snowball (Nathan Lane, perfectly catty), is even nastier, especially after Mr. Little admonishes, "We do not eat family members." Shamed by his status as a cat with a mouse master, he goes on the offensive. A few climactic scenes of peril and some mild profanity (Snowball to Stuart: "Talk to the butt!") earned Stuart Little its PG rating. But the family themes explored here are heartfelt and thought-provoking, especially for children with new siblings.
All Movie Guide
Stuart Little surprised everyone by grossing a decidedly non-little $140 million and playing theaters for months, proving that the box-office rejuvenation of talking animal movies had legs beyond Babe. In fact, though much can be said for the digital title character and his agreeable family of human actors, the talking cats take the cake in this one, starting with the envious, salivating feline voiced by Nathan Lane. Beyond Lane's dynamite line readings, the animators do the subtlest job yet of giving the cat recognizable facial expressions that don't look cartoonish. Never has a house pet seemed so believably exasperated as with the marriage of Lane's sarcasm and the Oscar-nominated visual effects supervised by Eric Allard. This is to say nothing of the seamless way the CGI mouse blends with his human family and real backdrops, cleverly interacting with household appliances and other size-appropriate parts of his environment. Beyond the winning cat-mouse rivalry, Stuart Little offers useful messages to children about adoption and accepting those who are different. It also provides a wonderful showcase for Michael J. Fox, who proves he can remain active in the movies as a vocal talent even if his Parkinson's keeps him from appearing onscreen. Stuart Little may not have quite the crossover appeal to adults as other contemporary family hits, such as Babe or the Toy Story movies, but it's an unqualified winner with a stature that defies its name.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/18/2000
UPC:
0043396048935
Original Release:
1999
Rating:
PG
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:25:00

Special Features

Widescreen presentation; Digitally mastered audio & anamorphic video; Audio: English 5.1 [Dolby Digital] and 2-channel [Dolby Surround]; Stuart's Central Park Adventure game; Bloopers and gag reel; Visual effects gag reel; "Making It Big" HBO special; Isolated music score; Music videos; "Race With Stuart" Hasbro interactive ROM game; Director and animation supervisor's commentary; Visual effects supervisor's commentary; Visual effects interactive featurette; Readalong with Stuart; Artists' screen tests; DVD-ROM & web links; Boat Race: early concept reel with director's commentary; Art galleries; Talent files; Theatrical trailers; Scene selections; Subtitles: English

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Fox Stuart Little (voice)
Geena Davis Mrs. Little
Hugh Laurie Mr. Little
Jonathan Lipnicki George Little
Nathan Lane Snowbell (voice)
Chazz Palminteri Smokey (voice)
Brian Doyle-Murray Cousin Edgar
Estelle Getty Grandma Estelle
Julia Sweeney Mrs. Keeper
Dabney Coleman Dr. Beechwood
Steve Zahn Monty (voice)
Jim Doughan Lucky (voice)
David Alan Grier Red (voice)
Bruno Kirby Mr. Stout (voice)
Jennifer Tilly Mrs. Stout (voice)
Jeffrey Jones Crenshaw
Allyce Beasley Aunt Beatrice

Technical Credits
Rob Minkoff Director
Eric Allard Special Effects Supervisor
Benita Allen-Honess Asst. Director
Greg Brooker Screenwriter
Bill Brzeski Production Designer
Jason Clark Executive Producer
Tom Finan Editor
Jeff Franklin Executive Producer
Clay Griffith Set Decoration/Design
Elliot Lurie Musical Direction/Supervision
Lawrence H. Mann Sound/Sound Designer
Guillermo Navarro Cinematographer
Joseph Porro Costumes/Costume Designer
M. Night Shyamalan Screenwriter
Alan Silvestri Score Composer
Philip Toolin Art Director
Steve Waterman Executive Producer
E.B White Source Author
Doug Wick Producer
Debra Zane Casting

Scene Index

Scene Selects
0. Scene Selects
1. Start [:38]
2. Adoption Day [1:47]
3. Stuart [4:10]
4. Snowbell [:40]
5. George's New Brother [:54]
6. Dinner Time [:30]
7. Midnight Rambler [1:53]
8. Washing Up [3:26]
9. Dr. Beechwood [1:34]
10. Whole New Wardrobe [1:25]
11. A Lot of Littles [3:11]
12. "Something's Missing" [2:54]
13. Monty the Mouth [4:16]
14. A New Friend [4:00]
15. Smokey [5:38]
16. The Boat Race [5:23]
17. Mr. & Mrs. Stout [2:55]
18. Time to Go [4:37]
19. The Family Home [1:01]
20. Mrs. Keeper's News [2:04]
21. Plan B [:19]
22. Sherman & Allen [1:00]
23. "Tell Him the Truth!" [1:14]
24. Picnic in the Park [4:16]
25. Cat Tale [4:10]
26. Snowbell Saves Stuart [5:41]
27. Mouse on a Stick [3:36]
28. Fairy Tale Ending [3:30]

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Stuart Little 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cute movie for kids. 
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mr. & Mrs. Little (Hugh Laurie & Genna Davis) decide to adopt a brother for thier son George Little (Jonthan Lipnicki). Once thier, they met and fall in love with Stuart Little (voiced by Michael J. Fox). He's a mice or sort of. When Geroge Little comes home, he is disappointed that his new brother is a mouse. At dinnertime, he is still not happy. Dinner is Meatloaf. Soon he comes to love his mouse brother. But during a party celberating winning the boat race, a couple mice come and take himn away because the family cat (voiced by Lane) wants to get rid of him. So he and his father's family begin a search party for the mouse. But will Mr. & Mrs. Little find Stuart Little. Will George Little reunited with his brother? Watch the movie to find out.
RJWatford More than 1 year ago
For those looking for a great, wholesome movie that will be loved by the entire family, look no further. It has humor, lessons for the kids and a solid meaning. Give it a try!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for a movie that will make you smile Stuart Little is a perfect choice. This movie asks us to use our imagination and forget reality for a while. Stuart is addorable and the other animals (especially Snowbell) will make you laugh. The voices are a perfect fit, particularly Michael J. Fox and Nathan Lane. The movie also teaches a valuable lesson about firends, family and relationships. Pull up a chair, pop some popcorn and have fun watching this one. It is a winner!
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