Remember that one day when you could wake up without an alarm? When you would get your favorite bowl of cereal and sit between the hours of 8 and 12? This is a blog dedicated to the greatest time of our childhood: Saturday mornings. The television programs you watched, the memories attached to them, and maybe introducing you to something you didn't realize existed. Updated every weekend.
While sleeping during a train ride
in 1926, E.B. White
had a dream about a tiny boy who acted like a rat. That little boy soon became
Stuart Little, a little mouse that was the son of a human family. White wrote
down several stories starring Stuart and read them to his nieces and nephews.
After a decade of encouragement from various associates, White finally finished
scribing Stuart’s adventures. Stuart Littlewas released in 1945 by Harper & Brothers (now HarperCollins),
featuring illustrations by Garth Williams.
The book largely followed Stuart and
his family as they dealt with his small size. Stuart becomes protective of a
small bird named Margalo that was adopted by the family, and keeps her safe
from their malevolent cat, Snowbell. When she’s warned that one of Snowbell’s
friends planned to eat her, Margalo flees and Stuart sets out on a
cross-country trip to find her in a gas-powered model car.
In 1999, the book was loosely
adapted in a major motion picture by Franklin/Waterman Productions
and Global Medien GK for Columbia Pictures. Stuart Little is a live-action movie
that featured a CGI Stuart (Michael J. Fox) that
was adopted by the Little family. Stuart’s step-brother, George (Jonathan Lipnicki), had a hard time
adjusting to having a mouse for a brother. Likewise, family cat Snowbell (Nathan Lane) was mortified to be
living with his natural enemy. Just as events started to bring the family into
cohesion, Stuart’s natural parents supposedly show up to reclaim him in a plot
cooked up by neighborhood cats to remove Stuart from the house. The film was
written by M. Night Shyamalan
and Greg Brooker, directed by
Rob Minkoff, and also
featured Hugh Laurie and Geena
Davis as Frederick and Eleanor Little, and Steve Zahn as Snowbell’s friend
The film was released on December
17, 1999 and become a box office success. Columbia greenlit a sequel, this time
penned by Douglas Wick and Bruce Joel Rubin. Stuart Little 2 incorporated more
elements from the original book into its story. It introduced Margalo (Melanie Griffith) who initially
worked for the sinister Falcon (James
Woods) as a thief. She conned her way into the Little household but was
soon taken with the family and couldn’t steal from them; leading her into
trouble with Falcon. The film also introduced Martha (Anna & Ashley Hoelck), the Littles’ new
baby daughter. Released on July 19, 2002, the film didn’t perform as well as
the first but was still moderately successful.
In 2003, Sony Pictures Television decided to
translate the films into an animated series. Developed by Melody Fox, who also served as
the head writer, Stuart Little picked
up from where the second movie left off. It followed the adventures of Stuart
(David Kaufman) as he helped his family out of jams and learned lessons about
life. Laurie was the only actor from the films to reprise his role of Frederick
Little. The remaining cast was filled out with Myles Jeffrey as George, Kevin
Schon (with Quinton Flynn doing some episodes) as Snowbell, Jennifer Hale as
Eleanor and Martha, and Andre Sogliuzzo as Monty. Mark Hamill would assume the
role of Falcon in a guest-appearance, as would Kathy
Najimy with Margalo. This series marked Kaufman’s second time taking over a
Fox role, the first being that of Marty McFly in Back
to the Future: The Animated Series. Likewise, Schon and Flynn had
previously assumed Lane’s role voicing Timon for the latter half of The
Lion King’s Timon and Pumbaa.
The Littles: Frederick, Eleanor, George, Martha, Snowbell and Stuart.
The final installment in the Stuart Little franchise came in 2005
with the direct-to-video release of Stuart
Little 3: Call of the Wild. Unlike the previous films, that one was
completely animated but most of the original cast returned to reprise their
roles. The only exceptions were Corey
Padnos as George, Rino Romano
as Monty, and Schon again voicing Snowbell. The film was poorly received and
critically panned as being radically inferior to the first two.
Meatloaf Bandit” (3/1/03) – George and Stuart set up traps and a dog to protect
their house from a meatloaf bandit.
Model Driver” (3/8/03) – George decides to build his own car so he can drive
around just like Stuart.
Little” (3/15/03) – While participating in the school picnic, George and Stuart
believe the family they keep losing games to is cheating.
Said, He Said” (3/22/03) – George thinks Will sabotaged Stuart’s car after it
crashes during a race.
Great Outdoors” (3/29/03) – Raccoons make off with the Littles’ hiking
equipment during a camping trip.
Liberty and the Pursuit of Taco Tuesday” (4/5/03) – Stuart is inspired by the
replacement of Taco Tuesday with fish tacos to run for class president.
Little Big Record” (4/12/03) – Reading a book of world records on a rainy day
inspire George and Stuart to try and break a record of their own.
Dogz” (4/19/03) – George and Stuart become obsessed with skateboarding to the
detriment of their schoolwork.
in Housekeeping” (4/26/03) – George and Stuart help Frederick with the
housework when Eleanor falls ill.
Little Too Fast” (5/3/03) – George and Stuart speed through the country fair in
order to get on all the rides before they have to go home.
Job is Too Little” (5/10/03) – Stuart and George take on odd jobs in order to
make money for Eleanor’s birthday present.
Little Bit Country” (5/17/03) – Stuart encounters the Falcon on their Uncle
Little Vacation” (5/24/03) – While staying at a hotel waiting for Uncle
Crenshaw, Stuart and George come to believe the place is haunted.