Stuart Little taken from the book penned by E.B. White into a screenplay by M. Night Shyamalan was great up until about half way through. Geena Davis and Hugh Laurie as Mrs and Mr Little were great, the voice of Michael J. Fox and hey even Jonathan Lipnicki didn't grate on my nerves too much. Then they had to go and do it.It all went downhill after the great boat racing scene. You think everything is great and then it happens. They mirror a scene from Annie. That's right remember that red head with the dog. Well Stuart's "real parents" aka mice come and want to take him home. The Little's have no choice but to give him up. Then it hits me something about the way the Stout's looked and Mrs. Stout [voiced by Jennifer Tilly] sounded reminded me of Annie. They they pan over the Brooklyn Bridge, and I'm thinking if they even try to dump this mouse over the side I am turning the DVD player off right then and there. But alas they don't and the movie dredges on. Until you get the happy ending you'd expect from animated/computer movie.
But now onto the things I liked about the film:
1. The colors, costumes, sets and backdrops were absolutely gorgeous. There was a a primary color theme as well as a patriotic red, white and blue theme running through the movie. The colorization in a way reminded me of Pleasantville. It was very important stylistically to the telling of the story.
2. The time period in which the movie is set. Where humans can adopt animal children. By the end you actually think this is ok.
3. The cats. They were positively hysterical. Beginning with Nathan Lane to Chazz Palminteri to Steve Zahn and ending with David Alan Grier. BTW fun fact In A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum on Broadway -- Nathan Lane and David Alan Grier played the same part.
4. The story - I really loved this book when I was a child. But hello after the Climax you begin to come down. The story should of ended right after the boat race and I would of been one happy camper. M. Night needs to stick to ghost stories and seeing dead people.
5. The DVD extras - I really enjoyed playing Stuart's Race through Central Park and seeing how they "MADE" Stuart. My favorite though was the videos -- Brian Setzer, Lyle Lovett and Trisha Yearwood. I may not have enjoyed the movie all that much but I just may get the soundtrack.Light Fluffy - Let's Crank Out Another Animated Movie From A Children's Classic and then blow it all to pieces. Read the book your imagination is better that this any day of the week. However having said that - little kids will love this and want to see it over and over again. Parents will want to hide it. My favorite hiding place -- In the TRASH.