Stuart Little 2
|Stuart Little 2|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Rob Minkoff|
|Produced by||Douglas Wick
|Screenplay by||Bruce Joel Rubin|
|Story by||Douglas Wick
Bruce Joel Rubin
|Based on||Stuart Little
by E. B. White
|Starring||Michael J. Fox
|Music by||Alan Silvestri|
|Edited by||Priscilla Nedd-Friendly|
Red Wagon Entertainment
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|Running time||77 minutes|
Stuart Little 2 is a 2002 American live action and CGI animated film, directed by Rob Minkoff and starring Geena Davis, Hugh Laurie and Jonathan Lipnicki and the voices of Michael J. Fox, Nathan Lane, Melanie Griffith, James Woods and Steve Zahn. The film is a sequel to the 1999 film and includes characters from the children's book by E. B. White. The movie was released to theaters on July 19, 2002.
Three years after the first film, Stuart questions his ability after a grueling soccer match alongside George, who kicked him with a soccer ball. He becomes even more downhearted after George's model airplane gets broken in an accident because of him. However, Stuart's father, Frederick Little, tells him that for every Little, there is a "silver lining", a good thing that comes out of an apparently bad situation.
On his way home from school, Stuart saves a canary named Margalo who is being pursued by a falcon rendered very similarly to a Peregrine Falcon (but sans "mustache" and hooded look), and they become friends. But Margalo is manipulated by Falcon to case and steal from households. When he tells her to find and take an object of value, or lose the sanctuary he promised her, she can't seem to concentrate on her assignment, as she is beginning to fall in love with Stuart. Falcon eventually loses patience and threatens to eat Stuart if Margalo doesn't give him the ring. Worried for his safety, she takes Eleanor Little's wedding ring.
When the Littles see that the ring is missing, they think it has fallen down the sink drain. Stuart offers to be lowered down the drain on a string to get it, but can't quite find it. When the string breaks Margalo saves him, and Stuart's thanks to Margalo only makes her feel even more guilty, so she decides to leave. When Stuart can't find her, he assumes she has been kidnapped—and that Falcon is somehow involved. He leaves on a quest to rescue her with the household's reluctant cat Snowbell, but not before setting up a plan with George. Stuart travels with Snowbell in his miniature car, but his car overheats and breaks down.
Stuart and Snowbell enlist the help of Monty (Snowbell's old friend from the first movie), who tells them that Falcon's headquarters is at the disused observation deck of the nearby Pishkin Building. They attach a balloon to a popcorn box to get Stuart to the top, where he finds out that Margalo is Falcon's slave, and was forced to take the ring. He tries to save her, but Falcon captures him, and drops him on to the street, but is accidentally saved by a passing garbage truck. Falcon then shuts Margalo inside a paint can as punishment for rebelling against him. Meanwhile, Snowbell makes his way to the top of the building while the Falcon is absent and frees Margalo, who tearfully tells Snowbell that Falcon killed Stuart. Distraught and outraged, Snowbell vows revenge.
On a garbage barge where he has ended up, Stuart blames himself for everything, and has almost lost all hope. Suddenly, he finds George's broken plane, fixes it up, and flies to save Margalo. Falcon returns and almost pushes Snowbell in the paint can off the building, but Margalo defies him by taking the ring and fleeing. Falcon gives chase, but Stuart catches up in the plane and saves Margalo while trying to evade the Falcon. The Littles, who have discovered his absence and whereabouts follow him by taxi as he begins an aerial adventure through the park, with Margalo at his side. They lose Falcon, but he catches up and makes an attempt to kill Stuart, when he detaches the plane's upper wing, damaging the main one and causing it to enter a steep nose dive, which fails when Stuart recovers from the dive, narrowly missing the Littles. Unable to run from Falcon, he lets Margalo off. He turns and flies the damaged plane in a kamikaze run while Falcon goes into an attack dive. He uses Mrs. Little's ring to temporarily blind him, and jumps out using a bandana as a parachute. The kamikaze attack works and Falcon is struck head on and defeated. Stuart falls when his parachute is sliced apart by the propeller of the shattered plane, and then is rescued by Margalo. Although Falcon survives the attack, he is injured and falls out of the sky, and lands in a garbage can next to Monty, who mocks him.
Stuart is congratulated by his family, and Margalo, who gives Mrs. Little her ring back, and Snowbell reunites with them as well. Soon after, Margalo says goodbye to her friends and leaves with the other birds to migrate south for the winter. Before flying away, she turns around and says "Little High little low" to which the Littles reply with "Little Hey, little hoe." which is the family's greeting. Stuart says the "silver lining" is that she'll be back in the spring, and Martha says her first words: "Bye bye, birdie", which the family then celebrates and then head inside to the comfort of their home.
- Geena Davis as Eleanor Little
- Hugh Laurie as Frederick Little
- Jonathan Lipnicki as George Little
- Anna and Ashley Hoelck as Martha Little
- Marc John Jefferies as Will
- Jim Doughan as the football coach
- Brad Garrett as Rob, the plumber
- Amelia Marshall as Rita, Will's mom
- Michael J. Fox as Stuart Little
- Melanie Griffith as Margalo, Falcon's slave and Stuart's love interest
- Nathan Lane as Snowbell
- James Woods as Falcon, Margalo's boss
- Steve Zahn as Monty
The film received positive reviews. Rotten Tomatoes has reported that 81% of 122 critics gave the film a positive review, indicating that Stuart Little 2 did surprisingly better in critical response than its predecessor. The site's consensus reads: "Stuart Little 2 is a sweet, visually impressive sequel that provides wholesome entertainment for kids." On Metacritic, the film has a score of 66 out of 100, indicating "generally favorable" reviews.
- "I'm Alive" by Celine Dion − 3:28
- "Put a Little Love in Your Heart" by Mary Mary − 3:09
- "Top of the World" by Mandy Moore − 3:22
- "Another Small Adventure" by Chantal Kreviazuk − 2:57
- "One" by Nathan Lane − 2:18
- "What I Like About You" by The Romantics − 2:56
- "Hold On to the Good Things" by Shawn Colvin − 3:30
- "Count on Me" by Billy Gilman − 3:42
- "Smile" by Vitamin C − 3:58
- "Alone Again (Naturally)" by Gilbert O'Sullivan − 3:38
- "Born to Be Wild" by Steppenwolf − 3:30
- "Little Angel of Mine" by No Secrets − 3:47
- "Falcon Finito" by Alan Silvestri − 6:51
- "Silver Lining" by Alan Silvestri − 4:21
Awards and nominations
|2002||BAFTA Children's Award||Best Feature Film||Douglas Wick
Bruce Joel Rubin
|2003||Golden Trailer Award||Best Animation/Family Film||Nominated|
|Visual Effects Society Award||Best Character Animation in an Animated Motion Picture||Tony Bancroft
|Best Visual Effects Photography in a Motion Picture||Earl Wiggins
|Young Artist Award||Best Family Feature Film||Rob Minkoff||Nominated|
- Official website
- Stuart Little 2 at the Internet Movie Database
- Stuart Little 2 at AllMovie
- Stuart Little 2 at the TCM Movie Database