Stuart Little 2
A mouse on a skateboard
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRob Minkoff
Screenplay byBruce Joel Rubin
Story by
Based onStuart Little
by E. B. White
Produced by
Starring
CinematographySteven Poster
Edited byPriscilla Nedd-Friendly
Music byAlan Silvestri
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]

Stuart Little 2 is a 2002 American live action/computer-animated comedy film directed by Rob Minkoff and starring Geena Davis, Hugh Laurie, and Jonathan Lipnicki, and the voices of Michael J. Fox as Stuart Little and Nathan Lane as Snowbell the cat. Although a sequel to the 1999 film Stuart Little, the plot bears more resemblance to the original novel by E.B. White, in which Stuart and Snowbell meet a canary named Margalo (voiced by Melanie Griffith).

The film was released in 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 titled Stuart Little 3: Call of the Wild in 2005.

Plot

Three years after his adoption, Stuart Little questions his abilities following a disastrous soccer match alongside his adoptive older brother George. Stuart's relationship with George is strained further after Stuart accidentally crashes a model airplane he and George were creating in the house. Stuart's adoptive father, Frederick, tries to encourage him, telling him that "every cloud has a silver lining."

Later, Margalo, an apparently injured canary, falls into Stuart's roadster as he is driving home from school. Stuart invites Margalo to stay with his family for a while. However, Margalo is secretly assisting her master, a greedy falcon, to steal valuables from households. Orphaned as a fledgling, Margalo grows reluctant to steal from the Littles and becomes close friends with Stuart. The Falcon threatens to kill Stuart unless Margalo steals Eleanor's wedding ring. Terrified for Stuart's safety, Margalo reluctantly complies.

When the Littles discover that Eleanor's 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, causing him to fall. Margalo saves Stuart using Eleanor's necklace, and leaves the Littles' house that night in order to protect him. The next day, Stuart assumes Margalo has been kidnapped by the Falcon and decides to rescue her with the help of the Littles' cat Snowbell. Before he leaves, Stuart asks George to lie about his whereabouts to his parents.

Following advice from Snowbell's alley cat friend Monty, Stuart and Snowbell discover that the Falcon resides in the Pishkin Building. There, Stuart confronts the Falcon. Margalo assures Stuart that although she was following the Falcon's orders, she is still his friend. Stuart begs Margalo to come home with him, but the Falcon refuses to let Margalo quit her job. Despite Stuart's attempt to attack the Falcon, he drops Stuart off the building, although Stuart narrowly survives the fall by landing in a passing garbage truck. The Falcon captures Margalo and imprisons her in a paint can as punishment. However, Snowbell, who has become concerned about Stuart, makes his way to the building and finds Margalo while the Falcon is absent. Margalo sadly tells a shocked Snowbell that she believes Stuart has died.

At the same time, Stuart awakens on a garbage barge that was leaving New York and considers giving up until he finds his and George's broken yet still-functioning model airplane on the barge. Cobbling it together using various pieces of trash, Stuart repairs the plane and escapes back to New York City to rescue Margalo. Meanwhile, the Littles confront George about Stuart's true whereabouts after discovering he has lied (he had told them Stuart was sleeping at his friend Will's house to rehearse for a school play). A saddened George eventually comes clean and confesses that Stuart was last seen at the Pishkin Building, prompting the Littles to start tracking him down.

Meanwhile, Snowbell frees Margalo from the paint can, but the Falcon arrives and attacks him. As he tries to push Snowbell off of the building, Falcon is stopped by Margalo, who threatens to toss the ring off of the roof if he kills Snowbell. Before the Falcon can reclaim the ring from Margalo, Stuart swoops in on his plane and rescues her from Falcon, who chases them through Central Park, while the Littles and Snowbell follow them. Eventually, Stuart succeeds in blinding the Falcon by reflecting sunlight off of his mother's ring before jumping from the plane, which crashes into Falcon and causes him to die by falling into a trash can that Monty is searching through. Margalo safely brings Stuart back to the Littles and returns Eleanor's ring while Snowbell also reunites with them. Sometime later, Margalo says goodbye to the Littles and leaves to migrate south for the winter, with Stuart's infant sister, Martha, finally saying her first words, "Bye, bye, birdie".

Cast

Main article: List of Stuart Little characters

Live-action cast

Voice cast

Puppeteers

Production

Filming began in New York City and Culver City, California on March 5, 2001, and lasted until June of that year.[citation needed] After the September 11 attacks, scenes of the Twin Towers were digitally removed and certain scenes were re-shot.[4]

Reception

Critical reception

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 81% based on 124 reviews, with an average score of 6.90/10. The critical consensus reads, "Stuart Little 2 is a sweet, visually impressive sequel that provides wholesome entertainment for kids."[5] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 66 out of 100 based on 29 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[6] Audiences surveyed by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A" on an A+ to F scale.[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]

Box office

The film had an opening weekend gross of $15.1 million. The domestic total was $65 million and the worldwide total was $170 million against an estimated production budget of $120 million.[10]

Soundtrack

The soundtrack, Music from and Inspired by Stuart Little 2, was released by Epic Records and Sony Music Soundtrax on July 16, 2002, on Audio CD and Compact Cassette. The final two tracks are score cues composed by Alan Silvestri.[11]

Another album features the entirety of Silvestri's orchestral score for the film.

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

Video game

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

Accolades

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

Home media

Stuart Little 2 was released on VHS and 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.[27]

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