Michael J. Fox
At least Sony had the sense to re-hire all the original cast members to do the voice overs for their now animated characters, with Fox, Davis (who only appears a little, busy with her new TV show I guess!), and Laurie all back. Plus there’s a little Virginia Madsen as The Beast (don’t ask!), Wayne Brady as a hip (gulp!) skunk and Peter MacNicol as (what else?!) a goofy troopmaster. The only thing I couldn’t figure out was who Kevin Schon is and why he is playing Snowball, the smarmy cat originally voiced by Nathan Lane. And that’s not the weird part – Schon does a dead on Jay Mohr/Christopher Walken style impression of Lane – I thought it was him. (Was Lane asking for too much money or what?) In any case, I completely understand that this film is not for me. Yes, kids will like it, yes, it will keep them occupied, and yes, it will teach them a few things along the way. But for any adults out to spend a little quality time bonding over a film the whole family could enjoy, best to look elsewhere. The cute and semi-intriguing live action Stuart Little is gone and has been replaced by a kid-only, cheapskate version that knows who its audience is – and it’s not anyone over the age of five. Beware adults; this call of the wild seems to be calling collect.
Help Stuart Escape!: In this game, the kids have to answer ten Stuart related questions, with only three wrong allowed, so he can get home. Seemed like an okay game, except for the fact that the questions, (which range from easy, to mild, and hard) all require kids to watch and memorize every facet of this film! Kid’s Critique: “I couldn’t do it.”
Monty’s Monstrous Appetite!: With Monty being under the house, he needs to be fed. It’s up to the kids to determine, from his various pipe noises, what exactly he wants. Kid’s Critique: “I loved it.”
Stuart’s Summer Journal: Stuart gives kids the option of either he or they reading from his summer journal, full of his adventures. The preference here was definitely to have Stuart do all the work. Kid’s Critique: “It’s good.”
Learn To Draw: Kid’s get a chance to draw their favorite Stuart Little character in this step by step lesson. Kid’s Critique: “I’m not doing that.”
There is also a ”Reeko’s Funk” Music Video (2:12), a very out of place Wendy’s Public Service Announcement (0:32), and some Previews for IT’S A BIG, BIG WORLD, OPEN SEASON and FAMILY FUN.