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Stuart Little gets scratched tonight.
~ Smokey's most famous quote.

Smokey is the main antagonist of the 1999 film adaptation of Stuart Little. He is the leader of a group of Mafia-like alley cats who all desire to eat Stuart. He indeed has a certain air of a crime boss with a Mafia-like personality.

He was voiced by Chazz Palminteri, who also voiced Buster in Disney's Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure and portrayed Mr. Walken in Little Man and Mr. King in Down to Earth.

Appearance

Smokey is a slim Russian blue with thick dense fur in a color of deep gray with orange eyes and a black nose, his pupils are also constantly fixed in a dilated position presumably because his eyes are constantly having to adjust to the darkness of the New York nights. He also has a long slick tail and appears surprisingly healthy, clean and well fed for a stray cat.

Personality

Smokey is a born leader and is fiercely protective of his gang, in spite of this he gets very easily annoyed by them. Smokey views his own species is superior to all others although he often does laugh at house cats viewing them as inferior to cats living in the streets, despite this however in certain circumstances he will assist a house cat if the problem is serious enough in his eyes. When he hears the idea of Snowbell being the pet to the mouse Stuart Little he is utterly disgusted and agrees to help him get rid of the mouse. In spite of sharing some respect for Snowbell by the end of the movie he is utterly furious with him and resorts to attempting to murder him after he betrayed the gang.

Biography

How ya doin'? You must be Stuart.
~ Smokey to Stuart Little.
Smokey makes his first appearance when his second in command Monty introduced his best friend Snowbell to him after the latter found himself with the mouse known as Stuart Little as his new master. Despite Monty finding the situation amusing Smokey is completely outraged and disgusted and agrees to help Snowbell to get rid of Stuart. He formulates this plan by first starting to find a way of getting Stuart out of the house, by cornering a mouse couple known as the Stouts and forcing them to be pawns in his plan. Smokey blackmails the Stouts into posing as Stuart's parents and arrange for them to travel to the Little House to pick him up much to despair of the Little family and brief happiness of Snowbell. Three days later, however, Mr. and Mrs. Little learn from Ms. Keeper that the Stouts were not Stuart's real parents (his real ones died in an accident years ago). Smokey then decides to move to plan B--he and his gang will kill and eat Stuart the same night.

After Mr. Stout is told about the plan he and his wife guiltily confess the truth to Stuart and urge him to flee from the cats' wrath.  Stuart states he'll go home but Mr. and Mrs. Stout object, stating that the cats are everywhere in the city hunting Stuart and he could likely get lost, but they quickly agreed. Stuart leaves as the Stouts wish him good luck.

Smokey and the gang then finally encounter Stuart and chase him through the city park and the sewers. Stuart manages to escape and arrives at the Little House (just seconds after the family has left to search for him) only to be greeted by a deceptive Snowbell who lies  that they were happy he was gone, pointing to Stuart's empty face on the family photo (which they actually used for his lost posters) and Stuart leaves, heartbroken. As soon as he's gone, Snowbell immediately regrets his actions.

A miserable Stuart returns to the park to make it his new home before Smokey sends Monty to fetch Snowbell, however, Snowbell winds up having a change of heart and confessed the truth to Stuart and attempted to get them both out of there, causing them to be discovered. An impatient Smokey decides to kill them both after Snowbell reformed. The two attempt to flee however Smokey corners Stuart on a tree branch and prepares to lower him down to his subjects, however thankfully Snowbell intervenes and snaps the branch causing all of Smokey's minions to fall. An enraged Smokey prepares to move in for the kill against Snowbell before Stuart whacks him in the face with a tree branch, knocking him off guard and causing him to fall in the murky pond below. A humiliated and freezing cold Smokey runs off only to encounter two large dogs. Whether or not the dogs killed Smokey or simply chased him off is uncertain. 

Quotes

(Monty: Hey! Hey, Smokey! Smokey, it's me, Monty!) What is it now? (Monty: Well, my friend Snowbell here needs a favor.) Snowbell? Now there's a manly name. (Snowbell: Yeah, you see, sir, I've got this mouse at home I can't eat.) Sensitive stomach? (Snowbell: No. I can't eat him because he's, uh, a member of the family.) A mouse with a pet cat? (Monty: Hahah! Isn't that funny?) That's not funny! That's sick! A cat can't have a rodent as a master. I mean, what's this world comin' to? It's against the laws of nature! Word of this gets out, it'll be bad for cats all over. (Snowbell: So you think you can help me?) Consider it done. (Snowbell: Did you hear that Monty? Thank you, Mr. Smokey, sir. I'll never forget this. Really.) Don't worry, Tinker Bell. I'm all over it. (Snowbell: Hahaha! Tinker Bell! He called me Tinker Bell! You're a funny guy!) Yeah, whatever. Jeez! Housecats...
~ Smokey's first appearance as he promises Snowbell he'll get Stuart out of the picture.
(Snowbell: They know about the Stouts! They know about the Stouts! The jig is up! What are we gonna do?!) (Monty: Hey, get ahold of yourself. What are you talking about?) (Snowbell:This is very-- I'm in big--! I'm in DEEP PUPPY-DOO!) (Monty: Calm down, calm down. Don't get your fur in a bunch. All we need is a new plan.) We do what we should've done in the first place. We scratch him out. (Monty: Scratch him out?) (Snowbell: But, Smokey, the police are involved! I don't wanna get kicked outta my house! I'm not a street cat, I'm a house cat! I don't wanna lose my furry basket or my tinkle-ball that I push along the floor with my nose!) (Monty: Snow, buddy, pull yourself together.) It's settled. Stuart Little get scratched tonight.
~ Smokey deciding to kill Stuart after the plan with the Stouts fails.
(Lucky: Bad news! The Stouts squealed.) I knew those mice were rats. (Lucky: The kid's on his way home. What do we do?) No problem. He's gotta go through the park, right? Let's meet him there and have ourselves a little picnic. (Lucky: Great! I'll bring herring!) Hey, hey, moron! The mouse IS the picnic! (Lucky: Oh...)
~ Smokey deciding to meet Stuart at the park to kill him.
Beaten by a mouse and his pet cat! What could be worse?! Oh, nice doggies! No! NOOOO!
~ Smokey's last words before his presumed death.

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Trivia

  • Smokey's personality is based on the original version of Snowbell while his appearance appears to based on that of the Angora Cat both from the original 1951 novel.
  • The cat who portrayed Smokey was also featured in Girl Interupted Columbia Pictures' final release of the 1990s which was only released a few weeks after Stuart Little which was their second last release of that decade.
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