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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 Oscar® 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 arc."

Academy Award® 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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