Stuart Little

Stars: The voices of: Michael J. Fox, Geena Davis, Hugh Laurie, Nathan Lane, Chaz Palmineri, Steve Zahn, Bruno Kirby, Jennifer Tilly.

This is a very sweet film for young children that even parents can sit through comfortably.

The Littles are a fairy tale family. Mom and Pop Little and little son George. But little George wants a little brother. Mom and Pop go to the orphanage but can’t decide from all the wonderful little children playing and running around. But then they meet one sad little child named Stuart, who isn’t a child at all but rather a white mouse who knows that he’s unwanted when it comes to adoptions.

The Littles being the kind of people we would all like to think of ourselves as – openminded – quickly decide to adopt Stuart, even though inter-species adoptions are generally not a good match.

Stuart is brought home and presented to son George and cat Snowbell, who as you can imagine, takes an instant dislike to the mousy rodent. George is not all that impressed either. Still, the Littles go out of their way to make Stuart part of the family. He’s got his own room and even his own washstand in the bathroom. He shares the dining room table just like any other child would. And all the while, Snowbell waits and listens, becoming angrier and angrier that he’s got a mouse for a family member and the mouse has a cat for a pet!

Based on the book by E.B. White, Stuart Little sends some very clear messages: that it’s okay to be different, that everyone wants to be accepted and feel that he/she belongs and that you certainly don’t have to look alike to be a family. It’s all about love and caring. Little George learns the message well and Stuart finds a family for the first time in his life. Snowbell, provides the action but in the end comes through like a true Little himself.

Mom and Pop Little are played by Geena Davis and Hugh Laurie. Voices: Michael J. Fox provides the voice for Stuart; Nathan Lane is Snowbell; Chaz Palmineri is Smoky; Monty is played by Steve Zahn; Bruno Kirby is Mr. Stout and Mrs. Stout is Jennifer Tilly.

Lotta says “Stuart Little” is a little gem with absolutely wonderful effects.