Judge David Johnson's family once adopted a mouse. It was eaten by their adopted ferret.
Mouse meets House.
The day-to-day goings-on of an upper-class family and their adopted mouse child Stuart Little are documented in this three-episode collection of the animated series. Based on the children's books by E.B. White, and propelled back into the pop culture consciousness by the successful CGI films, Stuart Little revisits the land of 2-D animation for this harmless, sometimes charming and sometimes dull series. Hugh Laurie of House fame lends his voice to the family's patriarch, Mr. Little, who is quick to dispense with the advice and encouragement and all that sugary Cosby-lite intuition. He's also got a hot cartoon wife, a precocious son named George and emasculated male cat named Snowbell.
Three episodes totaling just north of an hour:
• "The Meatloaf Bandit"
MORAL: If you work hard at something you can overcome your shortcomings.
FUN FACT: "The Meatloaf Bandit" would make a great name for an adult film.
• "A Model Driver"
MORAL: Parents should love their kids equally, whether they're part of the same species or not.
FUN FACT: Apparently the Littles think they should love their kids equally, whether they're party of the same species or not.
• "Team Little"
MORAL: Winning and spirited competition isn't as important as having fun and playing fair, ensuring a pathetic life of mediocrity and underachievement.
FUN FACT: It's easy to cheat at the egg-spoon-carrying contest.
I like the simplicity of this show and the traditional artwork, but the episodes aren't really action-packed and fast-paced. I'd say the show is a bit more interesting than Arthur, but not by much. In fact, that's a good barometer: if you like Arthur, chances are you might like Stuart Little. Having Dr. House voice a main character, though, is pretty sweet. For the disc, it's strictly economy class: full frame, 2.0 stereo, no extras.
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