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
by E. B. White
|Starring||Michael J. Fox
|Music by||Alan Silvestri|
|Edited by||Priscilla Nedd-Friendly|
Red Wagon Entertainment
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|Box office||$170 million|
Stuart Little 2 is a 2002 American live-action 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 unlike the first film, stays truer to the original children's book by E. B. White. The movie was released to theaters on July 19, 2002. It's also the final film in the trilogy to have been produced as a live-action feature and have a theatrical wide release.
The film was followed by the third and final film, a direct-to-video sequel entitled Stuart Little 3: Call of the Wild in 2005. However, unlike this and the previous film, Stuart Little 3 was animated.
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 from a peregrine falcon named Falcon, and they become friends. However, Margalo is secretly assisting Falcon to steal from households after earning the homeowners' trust. 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 is unable to retrieve it after the string breaks. A guilty Margalo saves him, then leaves the Little house the following night after overhearing Frederick and Eleanor talk about Stuart's safety. Upon realizing Margalo's disappearance, Stuart assumes she has been kidnapped by Falcon and leaves to rescue her with the household's reluctant cat Snowbell.
Stuart and Snowbell enlist the help of Monty, Snowbell's old friend, 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. Stuart tries to save her, but Falcon captures him and drops him onto the street. He is accidentally saved by a passing garbage truck, unbeknownst to either Falcon and Margalo. 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 almost loses hope before finding George's broken model airplane. Realizing this is a "silver lining", he fixes it and uses it to fly back to the Pishkin Building. The Littles angrily reprimand George by asking where Stuart is. Mr. Little reveals that it is never okay for George to lie to his parents. George tries not to break Stuart's promise to his parents but Mr. Little reveals that since he has a brother, whatever he promised him, if he was in danger it would matter more than the promise. George than confesses that he's at the Pishkin Building but is in trouble for lying. Meanwhile, as Snowbell frees Margalo, Falcon returns and tries to kill Snowbell, but Margalo distracts him by taking the ring and fleeing, allowing Falcon to give chase. Stuart catches up in the plane and saves Margalo. The Littles, who have discovered his absence and whereabouts, follow him by taxi as he begins flying through the park, with Falcon pursuing him.
Eventually, Falcon grabs the plane and detaches the upper wing, causing it to enter a steep nose dive, but Stuart recovers from the dive. Realizing that Falcon will never give up, Stuart lets Margalo off, then flies the plane in a kamikaze run while Falcon goes into an attack dive. He uses Eleanor's ring to temporarily blind him and jumps out using a bandana as a parachute, leaving Falcon to be struck by the plane. Stuart falls when his parachute is sliced apart by the plane's propeller, but is rescued by Margalo. Although Falcon survives being struck, he is injured and falls out of the sky, landing in a garbage can next to Monty, who apparently eats him after saying to the sky, "Thank you!".
Stuart is congratulated by his family, and Margalo gives Eleanor her ring back, while Snowbell reunites with them as well. Sometime later, Margalo says goodbye to the Littles and leaves with the other birds to migrate south for the winter, which she had always wanted to do but couldn't due to Falcon's influence. When Frederick asks Stuart what the "silver lining" of this event is, he responds that Margalo will be back in the spring and Martha, Stuart's baby sister, says her first words: "Bye bye, birdie." The family celebrates the occasion before heading into the comfort of their home.
- Michael J. Fox as Stuart Little
- Melanie Griffith as Margalo
- Nathan Lane as Snowbell
- James Woods as The Falcon
- Steve Zahn as Monty
Live action actors
- Geena Davis as Eleanor Little
- Hugh Laurie as Frederick Little
- Jonathan Lipnicki as George Little
- James Woods as The Falcon
- Steve Zahn as Monty
- Anna and Ashley Hoelck as Martha Little
- Marc John Jefferies as Will
- Jim Doughan as the soccer coach
- Brad Garrett as Rob, the plumber
- Amelia Marshall as Rita, Will's mom
- Ronobir Lahiri as the taxi driver
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.
The soundtrack, Music from and Inspired by Stuart Little 2, was released by Epic Records on July 16, 2002. The final two tracks are score cues composed by Alan Silvestri. Tracks in bold do not appear in the film.
- "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