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Stuart Little 2 is a 2002 American family comedy film directed by Rob Minkoff. It is the sequel to 1999's Stuart Little, itself loosely based on the original 1945 children's book by E. B. White, and stars Geena Davis, Hugh Laurie, and Jonathan Lipnicki, alongside the voices of Michael J. Fox, Nathan Lane, Melanie Griffith, James Woods, and Steve Zahn. Set three years after the first film, Stuart Little and family cat Snowbell must save a small bird named Margalo from an evil falcon known as The Falcon.

Stuart Little 2
Stuart Little2 poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRob Minkoff
Produced by
Screenplay byBruce Joel Rubin
Story by
  • Douglas Wick
  • Bruce Joel Rubin
Based onCharacters
by E. B. White
Starring
Music byAlan Silvestri
CinematographySteven Poster
Edited byPriscilla Nedd-Friendly
Production
companies
Distributed bySony Pictures Releasing[1]
Release date
  • July 19, 2002 (2002-07-19)
Running time
78 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$120 million[3]
Box office$170 million[3]

The film was released to theaters on July 19, 2002 by Columbia Pictures, and grossed $170 million against a $120 million budget.[3] It was followed by a third film, a direct-to-video sequel entitled Stuart Little 3: Call of the Wild in 2005. However, unlike the previous two films, which were hybrids of live action and animation, the third one was entirely animated.

PlotEdit

Three years after the first film, Stuart Little questions his abilities following a disastrous soccer match alongside his brother George, who accidentally kicked him with a soccer ball despite said kick scoring the winning goal for their team. One day, when Stuart and George are working on a model airplane in the house, Stuart flies it out the window and accidentally crashes it into Balto's memorial statue, straining his relationship with George further. Stuart's father, Frederick, tries to encourage him, telling him that "every cloud has a silver lining."

Later, an apparently injured canary named Margalo falls into Stuart's roadster on his way home from school. Stuart takes her home and introduces her to the Little family, where he invites Margalo to stay with them for a while, to which she accepts. However, Margalo is secretly assisting her peregrine falcon boss/adoptive father, The Falcon, to steal valuables from households upon earning the homeowners' trust. Orphaned as a fledging, Margalo assists Falcon in exchange for a home, but Margalo grows reluctant to steal from the Littles. 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 steals Eleanor's wedding ring. Concerned for Stuart's safety, she reluctantly complies.

When the Littles discover that the ring is missing, they think it has fallen down their kitchen sink. Stuart offers to be lowered down the drain on a string to get it, but the string breaks while he is down the drain. A guilt-stricken Margalo saves him, then leaves the Littles' 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. Before he leaves, Stuart asks George to lie about his whereabouts to his parents while he is gone.

With the help of Snowbell's alley cat friend Monty, Stuart and Snowbell discover that Falcon lives at the top of the Pishkin Building. Despite revealing to Stuart that Margalo works for him, faked being injured, and stole his mother's ring, Stuart does not believe him. Annoyed by Stuart's skepticism, Falcon reveals to him his mother's ring. Having overheard Falcon's outburst, Margalo appears and reassures Stuart that Falcon is actually telling the truth, although she really is his friend. Stuart begs her to come home with him, but Falcon flippantly declares that Margalo is not leaving his side if he has any say in the matter. Infuriated by his blinkered claim, he tries to kill Falcon by launching an arrow from a recurve bow at him, but this turns out to be futile as the arrow bounces off of his beak, and as a result, Stuart only succeeds in provoking Falcon to the point of trying to kill Stuart by dropping him from the top of the building, only for Stuart to land in a passing garbage truck, even though Falcon remains seemingly unaware of Stuart's survival. Falcon traps Margalo in a paint can as punishment for betraying his trust and befriending Stuart, but Snowbell manages to reach the top of the building while Falcon is absent and releases her.

Regaining consciousness on a garbage barge and seemingly losing hope, Stuart sadly considers giving up until he finds George's broken yet still-functioning model airplane on the barge; he cobbles it together with various pieces of junk and uses it to rescue Margalo and Snowbell. Meanwhile, the Littles discover that George has been lying about Stuart's whereabouts and demand that George either reveal where he is, or face the consequences. George tries not to break his promise, but when Frederick tells him that Stuart's safety matters more, George reluctantly tells them that he is at the Pishkin Building but is in big trouble for lying. Falcon attacks Snowbell for getting involved in the first place, but Margalo declares her independence from him and threatens to toss the ring off of the roof should Falcon persist in hurting Snowbell. Angered by her persistence, Falcon demands that she return the ring to him immediately, but Margalo firms her resolve and attempts to flee. Just as Falcon catches up, Stuart catches Margalo in his plane, enraging Falcon to the point of trying to focus on killing Stuart first.

The Littles follow them by the New York City Taxi as Stuart and Margalo fly through Central Park, with Falcon in hot pursuit. Eventually, knowing they cannot outrun Falcon, Stuart decides to attack him directly. Using the glare of the Sun reflected in Eleanor's ring to temporarily blind Falcon, Stuart jumps out of the plane just before it crashes into Falcon. Margalo catches Stuart, and they reunite with the Littles to return home. Falcon, now crippled and unable to fly, falls out of the sky and lands in a trash can where Monty is searching for food. This is meant to imply that Monty ate him.

Sometime later, Margalo says goodbye to the Littles and leaves to migrate south for the winter. After this, Martha, George and Stuart's new infant sister, says her first words, "Bye-bye Birdie", much to the delight of the family (albeit Snowbell who snarkily jokes about being impressed by jumping out of a tree and landing on his feet), who celebrate before heading into the comfort of their home.

CastEdit

  • Michael J. Fox as the voice of Stuart Little, an anthropomorphic teenage mouse adopted as the middle child of the Little family.
  • Melanie Griffith as the voice of Margalo, a canary who befriends Stuart. She is the Falcon's adoptive daughter.
  • James Woods as the voice of The Falcon, an evil falcon who is Margalo's adoptive father.
  • Geena Davis as Eleanor Little, Stuart, Martha, and George's mother, who is overprotective of Stuart.
  • Hugh Laurie as Frederick Little, Stuart, Martha, and George's father and Eleanor's husband.
  • Jonathan Lipnicki as George Little, Stuart's "older" brother.
  • Nathan Lane as the voice of Snowbell, the family cat who is Stuart's former rival turned best friend.
  • Steve Zahn as the voice of Monty the Mouth, an alley cat who is friends with Snowbell and Stuart.
  • Anna and Ashley Hoelck as Martha Little, Frederick and Eleanor's baby daughter George and Stuart's infant sister.
  • Marc John Jefferies as Will Powell, George's friend and classmate.
  • Jim Doughan as Stuart and George's soccer coach. Doughan previously voiced Lucky and played the role of Detective Allen alongside Jon Polito who played Detective Sherman in Stuart Little.
  • Brad Garrett as Rob, a plumber called to find Eleanor's ring in the kitchen sink's pipes.
  • Amelia Marshall as Rita Powell, Will's mother.
  • Ronobir Lahiri as the cab driver
  • Maria Bamford as Teacher

PuppeteersEdit

ReleaseEdit

The film was released on July 19, 2002.

ProductionEdit

Filming LocationsEdit

Filming began in New York City, New York on March 5, 2001, and lasted until June. After the September 11, 2001 attacks, scenes of the Twin Towers were digitally removed and certain scenes were re-shot.

Home mediaEdit

Stuart Little 2 was originally released on VHS and a special edition DVD on December 10, 2002 by Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment. A Blu-ray/DVD combo pack was released on June 28, 2011 alongside the first film by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. [4]

ReceptionEdit

On Rotten Tomatoes, it has an 81% approval rating based on reviews from 122 critics.[5] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 66 out of 100, indicating "generally favorable" reviews.[6] Audiences surveyed by CinemaScore gave the film a grade A.[7]

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."[8] Tom Shen of the Chicago Reader, described the film as "fairly formulaic", but praised its jokes as "hilarious", especially those coming from the character of Snowbell, the Littles' cat.[9]

SoundtrackEdit

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.[10]

Track listingEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."I'm Alive (End Titles)" (performed by Celine Dion)Kristian Lundin, Andreas CarlssonKristian Lundin3:28
2."Put a Little Love in Your Heart (Opening Titles)" (performed by Mary Mary)Jackie DeShannon, Jimmy Holiday, Randy MyersVME3:09
3."Top of the World" (performed by Mandy Moore)Jeff Cohen, Leah Haywood 3:22
4."Another Small Adventure" (performed by Chantal Kreviazuk)  2:57
5."One" (performed by Nathan Lane)Harry NilssonRick Jarrard2:18
6."What I Like About You" (performed by The Romantics)Wally Palmar, Mike Skill, Jimmy MarinosPete Solley2:56
7."Hold On To The Good Things" (performed by Shawn Colvin)Roxanne Seeman, Holly Knight 3:30
8."Count on Me" (performed by Billy Gilman)  3:42
9."Smile" (performed by Vitamin C)Josh Deutsch, Colleen FitzpatrickJosh Deutsch, Garry Hughes3:58
10."Alone Again (Naturally)" (performed by Gilbert O'Sullivan)Gilbert O'SullivanGilbert O'Sullivan3:38
11."Born to Be Wild" (performed by Steppenwolf)Mars BonfireGabriel Mekler3:30
12."Little Angel of Mine" (performed by No Secrets)Orrin Hatch[11] 3:47
13."Falcon Finito" (Alan Silvestri)  6:51
14."Silver Lining" (Alan Silvestri)  4:21
Total length:51:27

Video gameEdit

Video games based on film of the same name were released for the PlayStation, Game Boy Advance, and Microsoft Windows.

AccoladesEdit

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

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Stuart Little 2". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. American Film Institute. Retrieved August 13, 2018.
  2. ^ Laporte, Nicole (May 13, 2004). "Red Wagon raises Shane". Variety. Retrieved August 13, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c "Stuart Little 2 (2002)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2012-10-01.
  4. ^ "Jumanji, Stuart Little 1 & 2, and Zathura: A Space Adventure Coming to Blu-ray". Blu-ray.com. April 17, 2011. Retrieved August 13, 2018.
  5. ^ "Stuart Little 2". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2012-10-01.
  6. ^ "Stuart Little 2".
  7. ^ https://www.cinemascore.com/publicsearch/index/title/
  8. ^ Hornaday, Ann (19 July 2002). "'Stuart Little 2': Cute as a Button". The Washington Post. The Washington Post. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  9. ^ Ted, Shen (14 August 2012). "Stuart Little 2". Chicago Reader. Sun-Times Media. Retrieved 27 July 2016. Date is according to Rotten Tomatoes.
  10. ^ "Stuart Little 2 - Original Soundtrack". AllMusic. Retrieved April 22, 2014.
  11. ^ "Music bill puts Kid Rock, Mike Love, Donald Trump and Orrin Hatch on the same stage". Deseret News. Retrieved October 11, 2018.

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