Directed by Rob Minkoff in his live-action debut, the screenplay was written by M. The film was released on December 17, by Columbia Pictures. It was Estelle Getty 's final film before her retirement in and her death in Eleanor and Frederick Little are intending to adopt a new family member.
They go to an orphanage where they meet an anthropomorphic bipedal mouse named Stuart. Despite misgivings from Mrs. Keeper, they adopt Stuart as their son and take him home. However, Stuart is greeted coldly by their younger son George, who refuses to acknowledge the mouse as his brother, and the family cat, Snowbell, who is disgusted at having a mouse for a "master". Despite Eleanor and Frederick's intentions, Stuart is treated as an outcast due to his small size. Stuart admits his feelings of loneliness to his adoptive parents, who ask Mrs.
Keeper to search for the whereabouts of Stuart's real biological parents. After accidentally stumbling across George's playroom in the basement, Stuart finally bonds with George when they play together and plan to finish George's remote-controlled racing sailboat, the Wasp , for an upcoming boat race on Conservatory Water in Central Park. However, Monty, Snowbell's alley cat friend, visits unexpectedly and discovers Stuart. Determined not to have his reputation destroyed, Snowbell later goes with Monty to an alley for a meeting with his boss Smokey, who agrees to have Stuart removed from the household at Snowbell's request.
Stuart and George finish the Wasp in time for the race, but on the day of the race, the controller is smashed by accident. To make it up to George, Stuart pilots the Wasp himself, but ends up in a tussle with a larger boat piloted by George's adversary and bully, Anton.
Stuart manages to win the race, gaining George's respect. However, during the family celebration, the Littles are visited by a mouse couple, Camille and Reginald Stout, who claim to be Stuart's birth parents who gave him up to the orphanage due to poverty. Reluctantly, Stuart leaves with the Stouts and George gives him his favorite toy car as a farewell gift. A few days later, Mrs. Keeper arrives at their house and reveals the truth to the Littles that Stuart's real birth parents died many years ago in an accident at a supermarket.
Realizing that the Stouts are imposters and mistakenly believing them to be kidnappers, the Littles call the police, who start a search operation. Fearing retribution should the Littles discover his deception, Snowbell talks with Smokey, who had manipulated the Stouts to become Stuart's parents and forced them to fetch Stuart from the Little household in order to have him brought over to the alley cats, but the Stouts, having grown to love Stuart like their own, reveal to him the truth and instruct him to flee before the cats can find him.
In Central Park on his way home, Stuart finds himself confronted by Smokey and his gang, who chase him through the park and into a sewer drain, where he manages to outrun them, but loses his car and luggage in the process. Stuart finally returns home, but he unfortunately comes early to find that the Littles are already gone as they are putting up posters of him all over the city. Stuart enters the house where he meets Snowbell, who lies to him that the Littles have been enjoying themselves greatly since Stuart's departure.
Feeling unwanted, a heartbroken Stuart leaves. The Littles return home with no success of finding Stuart. Meanwhile, Smokey, Monty and the other alley cats manage to pinpoint Stuart's location back to Central Park and bring Snowbell along for the hunt.
Snowbell, having suddenly redeemed himself since he felt guilty over his selfishness, finds Stuart and rescues him from the cats while admitting to him that he lied. Although Snowbell defeats Monty and the other cats by snapping a tree branch they are standing on which causes them to land in a river, Smokey attempts to kill him, only for Stuart to intervene and save Snowbell by hitting Smokey in the face with another branch, causing Smokey to land in the same river and resulting in him to be chased off by stray dogs.
Stuart and Snowbell eventually return home, where Stuart happily reunites with the Little family, telling them that Snowbell actually helped him on the way back. In , art historian Gergely Barki, while watching Stuart Little on television with his daughter, noticed the painting, and after contacting the studios was able to track down its whereabouts. Stuart Little was released theatrically on December 17, The site's consensus reads: "Critics say Stuart Little is charming with kids and adults for its humor and visual effects.
Jesus Freak Hideout said that "from start to finish, Stuart Little is a near flawless family film"  while Stephen Holden of The New York Times had said "the only element that doesn't completely harmonize with the rest of the film is the visually unremarkable digital figure of Stuart.
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