Stuart Little

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Digital animation has become the new cocaine of Hollywood. Mention that you want to integrate some cartoon character with real actors or you need somebody to erase a guy's leg off the screen and half the special effects people in Los Angeles start going into convulsions and frothing at the mouth. I'm sure there are various groups of animal trainers around the world preparing Jim Jones-like endings to their lives right about now because of this disturbing fad.

Ironically, the real problem with this digital animation is that they simply aren't using it in the proper way. I mean, for God's sake, couldn't they do something about Geena Davis? Like replace her with some sort of computer effect? Let's face it, Geena is one of those people who has won an Academy Award and now, every time the Academy sees her, they think, "My God. What have we done?"

Davis is Mrs. Little who, along with Mr. Little (Hugh Laurie), adopts a mouse. They bring it home and their son, George (Jonathan Lipnicki) is slow to accept Stuart into the family. Naturally, he comes around quickly because tossing Stuart into the blender simply isn't an option in a PG-rated movie.

If you're bored with the story, you can always play "guess the celebrity voice." Stuart is voiced by Michael J. Fox, begging the question: Why didn't they just put Fox in a mouse suit and let him play the part? He's short enough. Other voices are done by Nathan Lane, Jennifer Tilly, Bruno Kirby, Chazz Palminteri, and Steve Zahn, so just in case you or your children were getting into the story or believing the mouse was real, questions like "wasn't that cat in 'The Birdcage'?" will see to it that any sense of authenticity is utterly obliterated.

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