Stuart Little 3: Call of the Wild

  • Review Date: June 16, 2009
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2006
  • Running Time: 105 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Mouse tale offers great role models, lackluster animation.
  • Review Date: June 16, 2009
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2006
  • Running Time: 105 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages
Not applicable
Positive role models

Great acts of bravery and friendship by an otherwise small and vulnerable character. Loving family depicted with humor and heart. A character who lies changes his ways and wins friends as a result.

Violence & scariness

Scenes of mild peril for wild animals. A mysterious forest beast may be slightly scary to very young kids.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language

Very mild bathroom references by a skunk.

Consumerism

Quick shout-outs for animal products manufacturer Hartz and the Animal Planet channel.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there is talk of a mysterious forest beast that, when it finally does appear, may be slightly scary to very young kids. A character sneaks away from his scouting group repeatedly. One character bribes another, trading food for friendship.

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Kids say

What's the story?

Unlike the first two live-action films in the Stuart Little series, based on the classic book by E.B. White, STUART LITTLE 3: CALL OF THE WILD is a direct-to-DVD animated movie. In this installment, Stuart (voiced again by Michael J. Fox) and the rest of the Little family are off to spend the summer at a rustic lake house, and Stuart is excited to become a woodsman courtesy of the Lake Scouts summer program. Rumors of a mysterious beast circulate through both the camper and the wild animal community. When the family's city cat Snowball (Nathan Lane) meets the beast, it's time for Stuart and his new friends to come to the rescue.

Is it any good?

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Lacking the live-action energy of the first two films, Stuart Little 3 still manages to entertain due mainly to the eternal appeal of a family who loves their mouse son just as much as their human children. Stuart, too, is a great hero for children, small but able to leap great obstacles through ingenuity and perseverance. The characters are voiced by the same actors who appeared in the earlier films, maintaining continuity even if the animation doesn't break any new artistic ground.

There's plenty of comic relief too, from the perpetually disdainful Snowball to a smooth-talking but shady skunk Reeko (Wayne Brady). Parents won't find this a terribly entertaining movie, but they can rest assured that it's fine to share with the 5 and up crowd.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what you really should do if you ever get lost from your family or friends -- whether it's in the forest or in a more urban setting. Stuart takes some chances by sneaking away; what do you think of his behavior?

  • Can you think of some mouse-sized objects you could make from everyday items around you?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:February 21, 2006
DVD release date:February 21, 2006
Cast:Geena Davis, Hugh Laurie, Michael J. Fox
Director:Audu Paden
Studio:Columbia Tristar
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Adventures, Book characters
Run time:105 minutes
MPAA rating:G

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Teen, 13 years old Written bySomeoneYouDon'tKnow July 25, 2012
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5
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Lackluster and unimaginative

Stuart Little 3 is not nearly as good as the other films. There is no need for the animation, and the story feels like it's only aimed at very young kids. Although it is rather impressive that they were able to get Geena Davis, Hugh Laurie and Michael J. Fox back, the absence of the other voice actors was unfortunate. And while the "beast" scenes are mildly cool, they just can't add up to the falcon in the second movie or the cats in first. Some very little kids will be entertained, but diehard fans of the other two films will be non-plussed.
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Kid, 9 years old August 9, 2011
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5
QUALITY
 

The beast would frighten.

The beast would frighten my 10 month old brother.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Adult Written byrockmonster January 23, 2010
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not that great

not that great... not as good as the live action ones... i didn't really enjoy it but some people might. don't expect much of this.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Great messages
Great role models

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