A mouse with an attitude; Stuart Little, carrying an entire movie on his teeny-weeny little shoulders, and doing a very good job too. That little pink nose, the snowy white fur with whiskers, and a wardrobe full of fancy clothes - by the time you walk out of the theater, Stuart is established in your mind as a real life character.
This comic adventure by Rob Minoff is based on a classic by the popular American author E B White. Stuart, the mouse, is on a lookout for a home, and luckily, he is adopted by the Littles, a human family. Through the family (comprising of Geena, Laurie and Lipnicki), he learns what relationship, family and love is.
There is a villain too - Snowbell, the household cat, who keeps chasing the little hero all through the film. There are a few hilarious scenes where Stuart outsmarts Snowbell and his ragtag bunch of alley cats.
Funny and frisky, Stuart Little will surely appeal to children and strikes a perfect balance between fact and fantasy. There is a nice mixture of emotions, and slapstick comedy. Michael J Fox's voice for Stuart is just right, and Lepnicki as the Little's son, George, is the perfect choice for the role.
Digitally created Stuart looks absolutely fabulous, in terms of both look and performance.One can only wonder at the animators' skills to make such a believable, real looking character. And in 3-D animation, working with fur is supposed to be the toughest work. The people behind Stuart definitely deserve a couple of pats on their back.
Our very own M Night Shyamalan's screenplay has created a sweet and engaging story. More than the special effects and digital technology, the film has a good story that is effectively told. Go for this.