That was cute, very
cute. Stuart was very adorable. The story was nice and fun,
too. I only wish they could have done without the danger angle
near the end.
The Littles are a family that are on the very edge of sanity.
They could get annoying if we were to watch them for too long. Fortunately,
they are balanced by Stuart and their son (played by the boy from Jerry
Maguire). The cat was also a lot of fun, right up until near
Stuart fits in right away, except that his new "brother" won't
accept him. That is, until the cat chases Stuart into his playroom,
where Stuart does a great impression of a person tied to the railroad tracks
in the path of an oncoming train. At that point, we are not sure
if Stuart was actually tied there and is being preyed upon! But the
ropes end up being Stuart's tail. He's obviously done this trick
in the orphanage before.
They get along fine after that, and Stuart actually gets to win
a remote control boat race, because he broke the controller, so he piloted
it himself. I don't know how he controlled the speed, but that's
the kind of question you are not supposed to ask!
But then, there's the cat to contend with. It's not right
for a mouse to have a cat as a pet, so Snowbell hires a street cat to take
care of Stuart. The initial scenes with the cat are great, and are
so cat-like. But once Stuart's real mouse parents show up, we know
that it's the street cat who set him up. They take him away, but
then the orphanage director shows up, and tells the Littles that Stuart's
parents died years ago in a cream of mushroom soup disaster in the grocery
store! If it wasn't so tragic, it would have been hilarious -okay,
it actually was hilarious!
And so the search begins. But Stuart's "parents" tell him
to run away, once the street cat decides he's too much of a liability.
So he takes his race-car (which was given to him by his new brother) and
races across Central Park to get home.
That's where he encounters the cats. He outdrives them,
and manages to escape, for the time being, but arrives home to an empty
house. The Littles have gone searching for him, but Snowbell tells
him that they've gone out celebrating his departure. He trudges back
into Central Park, and is once again attacked by the cats. But Snowbell
has a change of heart, and ends up saving him. But not before one
of the best lines in the movie: As Stuart is hanging from a branch,
one cat says "hey, mouse on a stick. I love mouse on a stick!"
So does my cat!
Snowbell breaks the branch that the cats are standing on, and
they all fall into the water. Snowbell brings Stuart back to the
Little home, and everybody is happy.
The story was perfect for family. As funny as the cat-attack
scenes were, I thought it would have been better if Stuart was simply loved,
and spent the time earning the trust of his new brother, and perhaps even
the cat. But that's a minor point, because, as I said, they were
I liked the strange world that this movie inhabited, where people
never even question the existence of a mouse that can talk. They
find it a little strange that he's been adopted by humans, but never his
abilities, whether they are children, adults, or cats. It's great.
The dialog was sharp, and much of it was funny. Stuart
was a marvel, and Fox did a great job of giving him feeling. Nathan
Lane was also very cat-like. Quite enjoyable, and recommended.