the call of the wild"
As the Little family head for the lake for a family vacation,
Stuart (Fox) sees this as his chance prove that he can do anything that
any other kid can do, even if he is a six-inch high mouse. To prove this
Stuart suggest that he and George (Padnos) become scouts but just as all
of the tasks and adventures become too much for Stuart he makes a new friend
called Reeko (Brady) who shows him the ways of the forest.
After the success of the two live action adventures, Stuart
Little returns but his time everything is computer generated.
The charm of the first two movies in the franchise was seeing
Stuart in the real human world but for his third, straight to DVD adventure,
the entire movie is in CG and it looks awful. Utilising a technique called
'Cell Shading', the movie looks more like a video game than a Hollywood
production. This style has been very success in the video game market and
was used in the short-lived 'Spider-Man' animated series on MTV but for
the latest Stuart Little film it just doesn't work.
Seeing a little, talking mouse in New York was the major selling
point of the first two films. The state of the art visual effects placed
the very likeable Stuart in the Little home where he seamless interacted
with the family and the environment around. This instantly endeared you
to the character and his good-natured, positive outlook on life made a firm
family favourite. Transplanting him into a completely CG world with awful
animation makes Stuart just another cartoon character.
The one thing the production did get right is to have Michael
J. Fox return as the voice of Stuart. Because of his illness we don't get
to see or hear enough of him, so to have Michael J. Fox appear in anything
is a real bonus. Again his vocal skills breathes life into the very likeable
mouse but the poor animation takes away the cuteness that made Stuart such
an endearing character in the first place. Hugh Laurie and Geena Davis also
return as Mr and Mrs Little but again the lacklustre animation means that
they don't even look little their live action counterparts.
The all CG world does have some advantages however. The filmmakers
can now make even more animals talk and those that would difficult to train
or animate in a live action environment. We now have talking rabbits, beavers,
squirrels, a mountain lion and a skunk, making the call of the wild really
'Stuart Little 3: Call of the Wild' is a disappointment compared
the previous two films. The story is very slight, even for its target audience
but the smallest essence what made Stuart Little such a family favourite
in the first place is still there. Little kids will still enjoy this but
fans of the first two films will be very disappointing by this lack lustre
PICTURE & SOUND
Presented in Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1 with Dolby Digital 5.1, the
movie is presented very well as you'd expect from a CG film.
Help Stuart Escape!
Answer ten questions about the movie to help Stuart get back to the scouts
but if you get three wrong the beast will get him.
Monty's Monstrous Appetite!
Help Snowbell feed Monty's unstoppable hunger for three weeks but his
requests get harder and harder to remember.
Stuart's Summer Journals
Listen to Stuart read from the journal he kept during his summer at the
lake and his time as a scout.
Learn to Draw
Follow the onscreen instructions and you can draw Snowbell, Reeko and
Stuart Little 3: Big Photo Adventure (2.49 mins)
Snowbell talks you through the new Stuart Little video game and shows
you what you can do on his latest adventure.
The DVD extras are aimed squarely at the films target audience. A mix
of interactive games and activities, this is a package that young fans
might enjoy. The lack of any traditional bonus features is a shame however
because it would have been nice to have seen some interviews with the
vocal cast or some more information on the Stuart Little books.
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