Stuart Little

Stuart Little

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Director: Rob Minkoff
     
 

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Robert Minkoff's family film Stuart Little comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that fails to preserve the original theatrical aspect ratio of the film. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Surround. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include: a commentary track recorded…  See more details below

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Robert Minkoff's family film Stuart Little comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that fails to preserve the original theatrical aspect ratio of the film. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Surround. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include: a commentary track recorded by the director with help from the animation supervisor; a pair of featurettes (one promotional and one about the special effects); screen tests; an early concept reel of the work with commentary from the director; trailers; bloopers; and a smattering of extras for those with access to a DVD-ROM drive. With the glaring exception of the full-frame image, this is a superb disc from Columbia TriStar.

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.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/21/2002
UPC:
0043396089747
Original Release:
1999
Rating:
PG
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[Dolby Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:24:00

Special Features

Exclusive sneak peek at "Stuart Little 2"; "A Little Look With Stuart" game; Full-screen presentation; Digitally mastered audio & anamorphic video; Audio: English 5.1 (Dolby Digital) and 2-channel (Dolby Surround); Subtitles: English; Stuart's Central Park Adventure game; Bloopers & Gag reel; Visual effects gag reel; "Making It Big": HBO special; "Race With Stuart": Hasbro interactive ROM game; Director and animation supervisor's commentary; Visual effects supervisor's commentary; Visual effects interactive featurette; Read-along with Stuart; Artists' screen tests; DVD ROM & weblinks; Boat race: Early concept reel with director's commentary; Deleted scenes with director's commentary; Art galleries; Talent files; Theatrical trailers; Scene selections

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

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Scene Index

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

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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.
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!
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!
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