STUART LITTLE 2
About The Production
For their first
collaboration as producers, Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher wanted to make a film
with humor and heart. The idea of doing Stuart Little 2 was exactly what
they were looking for--but they knew that in order for a sequel to be successful
it had to be fresh and new. "We, along with director Rob Minkoff, were
committed to making the sequel even more exciting and groundbreaking than the
original," says Fisher.
Stuart Little proved
that great things do indeed come in small packages: the film was a holiday hit
in 1999, raking in over $300 million in worldwide box-office and garnered a 2000
OscarÂ® nomination for Best Visual Effects. "Stuart Little was the
proverbial mouse that roared," said Rob Minkoff. "The original film
was a worldwide sensation and our job for the sequel was to rekindle the magic
that made Stuart so successful."
The filmmakers had a
new objective for the sequel's storyline. "In Stuart Little we
were still discovering Stuart's personality and personal style," says
Wick. Our goal in Stuart Little 2 was to give Stuart more of a character
Academy AwardÂ® winner
Bruce Joel Rubin (Ghost) was enlisted to write a fresh, new story based on
a treatment written by Wick. "Bruce wrote a beautiful and exciting
script," says Wick with a smile.
The story introduces
the audience to Margalo, a bird who befriends Stuart. Through his relationship
with Margalo, Stuart evolves as a character, finding inner strength along with
the pangs of first love. "Margalo was one of everybody's favorite
characters in E.B. White's book, and we were challenged and excited by the
opportunity to welcome her into the Little family," says Fisher.
The filmmakers also
wanted Stuart Little 2 to address new topics and reveal new dimensions of
the human characters. The scope of the film was broadened by taking the Littles out into
the world and by having them confront issues that affect every family with
children. "We wanted to focus on the basic difference between empowering
and protecting your child," explains executive producer Jason Clark,
"and the problems that crop up when parents have differing views."
Indeed, it seems that
Mrs. Little's maternal instincts go into overdrive in Stuart Little 2, and
she refuses to let Stuart prove he is more man then mouse. "Mrs. Little has
become overly protective of Stuart since Martha's birth," says Geena
Davis, "and Stuart suffers for it because he's so small and she is afraid
to let him do anything. She tries to draw the line between protecting him and
allowing him to explore and make his own mistakes, but unfortunately she draws a
very narrow line." While Stuart is interested in soccer and wrestling and
roller hockey, Mrs. Little prefers he study painting or dancing. Since Mr.
Little agrees that Stuart should play on the Peewee soccer team with George, the
issue of Stuart's independence causes a bit of conflict in the Little house.
"We have different
attitudes about how you go about raising adolescent children," reports
British actor Hugh Laurie, who plays Mr. Little. "We take two very
different approaches. We kind of start at the same point, and we go apart, and
then we come together at the end."
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