Stuart Little 2

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Stuart Little 2
Stuart Little2 poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Rob Minkoff
Produced by
Screenplay by Bruce Joel Rubin
Story by
  • Douglas Wick
  • Bruce Joel Rubin
Based on Characters 
by E. B. White
Starring
Music by Alan Silvestri
Cinematography Steven Poster
Edited by Priscilla Nedd-Friendly
Production
company
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates
  • July 19, 2002 (2002-07-19)
Running time
77 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $120 million[1]
Box office $170 million[1]

Stuart Little 2 is a 2002 American live-action/CGI animated film directed by Rob Minkoff. It stars 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, based on original children's book by E. B. White. The film was released to theaters on July 19, 2002. It is also the final film in the trilogy to have a theatrical release.

The film was followed by the third film, a direct-to-video sequel entitled Stuart Little 3: Call of the Wild in 2005.

Plot[edit]

Three years after the first film, Stuart Little questions his ability after a disastrous soccer match alongside his brother George, who accidentally kicked him with a soccer ball. He grows more discouraged after accidentally breaking George's model airplane. Stuart's father, Frederick, tries to encourage him, telling him that "every cloud has a silver lining".

Later, a canary named Margalo falls into Stuart's car on his way home from school. Margalo is secretly assisting a peregrine falcon named Falcon to steal from households upon earning the homeowners' trust. Orphaned as a child, Margalo assists Falcon in exchange for a home. However, when Stuart offers to let her live with the Littles, Margalo grows reluctant to steal from them. Unable to concentrate on her assignment for Falcon, Margalo becomes close friends with Stuart. Falcon eventually loses patience and threatens to eat Stuart unless Margalo gives him Mrs. Little's ring. Concerned for Stuart's safety, Margalo steals Eleanor Little's wedding ring.

When the Littles discover 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 the string breaks. A guilt-stricken Margalo saves him, then leaves the Little house the following night to protect Stuart. Upon realizing Margalo's disappearance, Stuart assumes she has been kidnapped by Falcon and decides to rescue her with the Littles' cat Snowbell. Running away from home, Stuart asks George to cover for him while he is gone.

With the help of Snowbell's friend Monty, Stuart and Snowbell discover that Falcon's headquarters is at the top of the Pishkin Building. There, Stuart discovers that Margalo stole his mother's ring. When Margalo tries to reassure Stuart that she really is his friend, Stuart begs her to come home with him. Refusing to lose his asset in Margalo, Falcon then attempts to kill Stuart by dropping him from the top of the building. Stuart lands in a passing garbage truck. Falcon traps Margalo in a paint can as punishment for being Stuart's friend, but Snowbell manages to reach the top of the building while Falcon is absent and release her.

Regaining consciousness on a garbage barge, Stuart feels like giving up until he finds George's broken model airplane, which he fixes using material on the barge and uses to return to Margalo. Meanwhile, the Littles discover that George has been lying about Stuart's whereabouts and after George tells them where he is, head out to the Pishkin Building. As Falcon is about to kill Snowbell, Margalo declares her independence from Falcon and attempts to flee from him with Eleanor's ring. Before Falcon can catch up, Stuart catches Margalo in his plane.

The Littles follow them by taxi as they begin to fly through Central Park, with Falcon closely pursuing him. Realizing they cannot outrun Falcon, Stuart decides to face him directly. Using Eleanor's ring to temporarily blind Falcon, Stuart jumps out of the plane just before it strikes Falcon, defeating him. Margalo catches Stuart, and they reunite with the Littles, who all return home. In the fall, Margalo says goodbye to the Littles and leaves to migrate south for the winter. After this Martha, George and Stuart's new sister, says her first word "Bye-bye Birdie" much to the delight of the family, who then head into the comfort of their home.

Cast[edit]

  • Michael J. Fox as Stuart Little, the title character, a mouse adopted as the middle child of the Little family.
  • Melanie Griffith as Margalo, Stuart's new friend, a canary who befriends Stuart but is forced by the Falcon to steal Eleanor's ring
  • Nathan Lane as Snowbell, the family cat. He ventures out to the city with Stuart to save Margalo.
  • James Woods as The Falcon, a ferocious and tyrannical creature who forces Margalo to steal items from households.
  • Geena Davis as Eleanor Little, Stuart and George's mother, who is deemed very overprotective of Stuart.
  • Hugh Laurie as Frederick Little, Stuart and George's father and Eleanor's husband. He tells Stuart about the "silver lining".
  • Jonathan Lipnicki as George Little, Stuart's older brother. When Stuart leaves to search for Margalo, George becomes pressured to cover up the situation to his parents until they find out.
  • Steve Zahn as Monty, Snowbell's alley cat friend who still wants to devour Stuart after three years. He gives Stuart and Snowbell information on the Falcon.
  • Anna and Ashley Hoelck as Martha Little, George and Stuart's new little sister. Throughout the movie Eleanor attempts, and fails, to get her to talk. She then does so at the end of the movie, when Margalo leaves and she utters the words "Bye bye Birdie" much to the family's delight.
  • Marc John Jefferies as Will, George's new friend.
  • Jim Doughan as the soccer coach, who is also strict when he tells a mean kid on the team named Wallace to stop teasing George.
  • Brad Garrett as Rob, the plumber
  • Amelia Marshall as Rita, Will's mom

Release[edit]

This film was originally released on VHS and a special edition DVD with multiple special features, on December 10, 2002. It has also been released on a Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Pack.

Reception[edit]

At Rotten Tomatoes, it has an 81% approval rating based on 122 critic reviews. The site's consensus reads: "Stuart Little 2 is a sweet, visually impressive sequel that provides wholesome entertainment for kids."[2] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 66 out of 100, indicating "generally favorable" reviews.[3] Ann Hornaday wrote a positive review in The Washington Post, noting how the film's idealized setting makes it family-friendly. Hornaday praised the vocal performances of Fox, Griffith, and Woods in their roles as Stuart, Margalo, and Falcon, respectively, as well as the characters' computer animation: "The animated characters engage in such natural movements and, more important, exude such subtle emotional expression that they mesh seamlessly with their live-action counterparts."[4] In a review published in the Chicago Reader, Tom Shen described the film as "fairly formulaic", but praised its jokes as "hilarious", especially those coming from the character of Snowbell, the Littles' cat.[5]

Soundtrack[edit]

The soundtrack, Music from and Inspired by Stuart Little 2, was released by Epic Records on July 16, 2002 on Audio CD and Compact Cassette. The final two tracks are score cues composed by Alan Silvestri.[6] Tracks in bold are not heard in the film.

  1. "I'm Alive" by Celine Dion − 3:28
  2. "Put a Little Love in Your Heart" by Mary Mary − 3:09
  3. "Top of the World" by Mandy Moore − 3:22
  4. "Another Small Adventure" by Chantal Kreviazuk − 2:57
  5. "One" by Nathan Lane − 2:18
  6. "What I Like About You" by The Romantics − 2:56
  7. "Hold On to the Good Things" by Shawn Colvin − 3:30
  8. "Count on Me" by Billy Gilman − 3:42
  9. "Smile" by Vitamin C − 3:58
  10. "Alone Again (Naturally)" by Gilbert O'Sullivan − 3:38
  11. "Born to Be Wild" by Steppenwolf − 3:30
  12. "Little Angel of Mine" by No Secrets − 3:47
  13. "Falcon Finito" by Alan Silvestri − 6:51
  14. "Silver Lining" by Alan Silvestri − 4:21

Video game[edit]

Stuart Little 2 (2002) was released for PlayStation, Game Boy Advance, and Microsoft Windows.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Awards Category Nominee Result
2002 BAFTA Children's Award Best Feature Film Douglas Wick
Lucy Fisher
Rob Minkoff
Bruce Joel Rubin
Nominated
2003 Golden Trailer Award Best Animation/Family Film Nominated
Visual Effects Society Award Best Character Animation in an Animated Motion Picture Tony Bancroft
David Schaub
Eric Armstrong
Sean Mullen
Won
Best Visual Effects Photography in a Motion Picture Earl Wiggins
Mark Vargo
Tom Houghton
Anna Foerster
Nominated
Young Artist Award Best Family Feature Film Rob Minkoff Nominated

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Stuart Little 2 (2002)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2012-10-01. 
  2. ^ "Stuart Little 2". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2012-10-01. 
  3. ^ http://www.metacritic.com/movie/stuart-little-2
  4. ^ Hornaday, Ann (19 July 2002). "'Stuart Little 2': Cute as a Button". The Washington Post. The Washington Post. Retrieved 27 July 2016. 
  5. ^ Ted, Shen (14 August 2012). "Stuart Little 2". Chicago Reader. Sun-Times Media. Retrieved 27 July 2016.  Date is according to Rotten Tomatoes.
  6. ^ "Stuart Little 2 - Original Soundtrack". AllMusic. Retrieved April 22, 2014. 

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