In 1999, Stuart Little scampered its way into cinemas. The part live-action, part computer-animated family movie, was based on a book by E. B. White and told the story of an anthropomorphic mouse who is adopted by a human family.
Released to positive reviews, Stuart Little was a hit with critics and audiences, and quickly became a financial success. As such, the film was soon followed by a collection of sequels that furthered the story.
But how many Stuart Little movies are there and what is the correct viewing order? For all the details and more keep reading!
The Stuart Little movies in order
To date there are three entries in the Stuart Little movie series. The movies appear in the following order:
- Stuart Little (1999)
- Stuart Little 2 (2002)
- Stuart Little 3: Call of the Wild (2005)
Are all of the Stuart Little movies part of the same series?
The Stuart Little movies are all part of the same series, however, there is a significant difference between the first two films and the third instalment. Stuart Little and Stuart Little 2 are part live-action/part computer-animated films which were released theatrically, while Stuart Little 3 is a computer-animated film that was released direct-to-video.
Why is Stuart Little 3 different to Stuart Little and Stuart Little 2?
The reason Stuart Little 3 is an animated feature, rather than a mix of live-action and animation, is because the third instalment was produced on a much smaller budget than its predecessors. This smaller budget meant there was less money to shoot a live-action/animated picture, so a cartoon film was favoured instead.
As for why Stuart Little 3 had a smaller budget, this is because of a desire to cut production costs on the film. And the reduction in production costs was tied to the financial success of the first two films.
When Stuart Little was released in 1999, it made over $300 million at the worldwide box office; however, when Stuart Little 2 was released in 2002, it made considerably less, taking a total of just under $170 million. As the third film was likely to make even less money again, a decision was made to reduce production costs on Stuart Little 3 to ensure the film could still make a profit.
Are the Stuart Little movies the work of the same director?
The Stuart Little movies are the work of two directors. Rob Minkoff directed Stuart Little and Stuart Little 2, while Audu Paden directed Stuart Little 3.
Who are the cast of the Stuart Little movies?
Notable cast members in the Stuart Little movie series include Michael J. Fox, Nathan Lane, Geena Davis, Hugh Laurie, Jonathan Lipnicki, Jeffrey Jones, Estelle Getty, Chazz Palminteri, Steve Zahn, Jennifer Tilly, James Woods, Melanie Griffith, Kevin Schon, Corey Padnos, and Rino Romano.
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