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Xpress, the Coolest Section of the St. Petersburg Times, is the home for features, news and views of interest to young readers. Most of the work in Xpress, which appears on Mondays in Floridian, is produced by the Times' X-Team. The team of journalists ages 9-17 from around the Tampa Bay area is selected every year at the end of the school year to serve during the following school term. The current team of 12 was chosen out of 150 applicants. Watch for X-Team application forms in Xpress during the month of May.


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Snowbell steals the show in 'SL2'

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By BILLY NORRIS

© St. Petersburg Times
published July 22, 2002
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Movie: Stuart Little 2

  • Rating: PG for some mild language

Summary: Stuart Little (voice by Michael J. Fox) is a mouse who was adopted by the Little family three years ago. He has adjusted well to life as a member of the Little household, but when his older (human) brother George (Jonathan Lipnicki) starts to make new friends and leave Stuart out of his activities, he realizes that it's time to make some friends of his own. Coincidentally, the very next day when Stuart is driving home from school in his tiny car, a bird named Margalo (voice of Melanie Griffith) falls from the sky into the passenger seat after being hunted by a falcon. Though it seems like Stuart's wish for a friend has come true, there's more to Margalo than meets the eye.

Stuart Little in a cute little green knit sweater
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Stuart Little.
My View: This is a feel-good movie. The characters are endearing and cute. I really don't see much difference between this one and the first Little movie. I don't mean that in a negative way; I enjoyed the first one. The nearly faultless animation was just as good, and there seemed to be no boundary between reality and computer generation.

Favorite part: Snowbell the cat was by far the highlight of Stuart Little 2. Nathan Lane's New Jersey accent and his overall voice performance brought this character to life in a most amusing way. Snowbell provided many of the laugh-out-loud moments in the film.

Least favorite part: This film just won't have the same appeal to teenagers and adults that Lilo & Stitch had. I liked Stuart Little 2; it just didn't wow me.

Recommendations: This is a great story for kids. They're going to love it in the theater and they're going to want it when it comes out on video.

Grade: B+

-- Billy Norris, 14, will be in the ninth grade at Seminole High School, and is a former member of the Times X-Team.

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