STUART LITTLE 2
Not too surprisingly, Stuart Little 2 does all the same things as its predecessor. It expands things a little but never mixes with the basics and works in all the same perfectly appealing ways. The detail of the CGI work has been upped to an even greater level you can see every fur on Stuarts head and each of Margalos feathers rippling in the breeze, even the detail of the reflections in the animals eyes. Stuarts story has been given a new arc rather than trying to be accepted by the Littles and avoid the cats, it is now one of Stuart moving out of his comfort zone and into the big wide world, and the betrayal by and redemption of Margalo. Stuarts journey there and the way back never requires too much trouble and where all is solved by a silver lining a convenient name for authorial sleight of convenience.
In some ways, the characters are even better etched this time Snowbell is less intrusive in his smartass colloquialisms and has mellowed into a likeably sarcastic coward. Stuart even gets a relationship of sorts it is called a friendship, although one suspects they wanted to call it a romance but decided to water it down for the moppet audiences (not to mention the somewhat bizarre miscegenation presented by the idea of a cross-species romance between a mouse and a bird, something that was mercilessly skewered by Peter Jackson in Meet the Feebles ).
It is all conducted with an appealing sweetness. As before, there is a charm to the perfectly accepted absurdism of Stuarts existence. There is ever so much the sense that scenes Stuart driving his car through the New York streets, flying a model plane, the opening soccer game, the climactic mid-air fight have been set up as set-piece flourishes but they are conducted with enough effect that what ends up mattering most of all is the characters. Just as it should do.
Stuart Little 2 was followed by the animated video-released Stuart Little 3: Call of the Wild (2005), as well as the animated tv series Stuart Little (2003).
(Nominee for Best Special Effects at this sites Best of 2002 Awards).