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Smokey is a slim Russian blue breed 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.
Smokey is a born leader and is fiercely protective of his gang. In spite of this, he gets very easily aggravated and irritated by them. Smokey views his own species is superior to all others. Although he does not take house cats particularly seriously viewing them as pitiful compared 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 resorts to attempting to have him slaughtered after he turned against the gang.
How ya doin'? You must be Stuart.
~ Smokey to Stuart Little.
Smokey first appears when his second in command Monty introduced his best friend Snowbell to him after the latter found himself with Stuart Little as his new master. Despite Monty finding the situation funny, Smokey is completely outraged and disgusted, but 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 his pawns in his plan. Smokey blackmails the Stouts into posing as Stuart's real parents and arrange for them to travel to the Little House to pick him up and bring Stuart to him, 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 as it was revealed that his real ones died in an accident years ago. Smokey then decides to move to plan B: he and his gang will find and kill Stuart the same night.
After Mr. Stout is told about the plan, he and his wife guiltily reveal 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 Smokey and 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 his gang finally confront Stuart and chase him through the city park and the sewers. Eventually, Stuart manages to escape from them 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 to him 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, upon having realized the error of his ways, 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, but Smokey corners Stuart on a tree branch and prepares to lower him down in an attempt to feed him to his gang. Thankfully, Snowbell intervenes and snaps the branch, causing all of Smokey's minions to fall into a pond. Enraged, Smokey prepares to move in for the kill against Snowbell before Stuart intervenes by whacking Smokey in the face with another tree branch, knocking him off guard and causing him to fall in the pond below. Humiliated, soaking wet and freezing cold, Smokey runs off, only for him to encounter two large stray dogs off-screen. It is unknown if the dogs killed Smokey or they just simply chased him away.
Monty: Hey! Hey, Smokey! Smokey, it's me, Monty! Smokey: What is it now? Monty: Well, my friend Snowbell here needs a favor. Smokey: Snowbell? (chuckles) Now there's a manly name. Snowbell: Yeah, you see, sir, I've got this mouse at home I can't eat. Smokey: Sensitive stomach? Snowbell: No. I can't eat him because he's, uh, a member of the family. Smokey: A mouse with a pet cat? Monty: Hahah! Isn't that funny? Smokey: 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? Smokey: Consider it done. Snowbell: Did you hear that Monty? Thank you, Mr. Smokey, sir. I'll never forget this. Really. Smokey: Don't worry, Tinker Bell. I'm all over it. Snowbell: Hahaha! Tinker Bell! He called me Tinker Bell! You're a funny guy! Smokey: 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. Smokey: 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. Smokey: 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. Smokey: I knew those mice were rats. Lucky: The kid's on his way home. What do we do? Smokey: No problem. He's gotta go through the park, right? Let's meet him and have ourselves a little picnic. Lucky: Great! I'll bring herring!) Hey, hey, moron! The mouse IS the picnic!
~ Smokey deciding to meet Stuart at the park to kill him.
Smokey: Say goodnight, Tinkerbell. Stuart: Hey, Smokey! His name... is Snowbell!
~ Smokey to Snowbell.
(shivering) Oh, this water's damn cold. I can't believe this! 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.
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 1945 novel.
The cat who portrayed Smokey was also featured in Girl, Interrupted 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.
The late Rod Steiger, Michael Ironside, Jeff Goldblum, the late Michael Clarke Duncan and the late Alan Rickman were considered for the role of Smokey before Chazz Palminteri was cast.
Smokey's first appearance.
"Snowbell? Heh. Now there's a manly name."
(Snowbell: I got this mouse at home I can't eat.) "Sensitive stomach?"
(Snowbell: No, I can't eat him 'cause he's a member of the family.) "A mouse with a pet cat?" (Monty: Isn't that funny?)
"That's not funny! That's sick!"
"A cat can't have a rodent for a master. I mean, what's this world coming 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."
"Don't worry, Tinker Bell. I'm all over it."
"Yeah, right. Whatever."
"We do what we shoulda done in the first place."
"We scratch him out."
Smokey with Monty.
"It's settled. Stuart Little gets scratched tonight." Smokey's evil grin.
(Lucky: I just heard from the Brooklyn cats. 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 though 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!"
"How ya doin? You must be Stuart." (Stuart: Actually, I must be going.)
"Come back here, ya little rat!"
Smokey in pursuit.
Smokey and his gang follow Stuart through the tunnels.
Smokey and his gang watch Stuart escape through the sewers.
"Come on! We're getting closer! I can smell him!" (Red: Sorry, Smokey, that was me.)
(Snowbell: Didn't your mothers warn ya not to go into Central Park at night?) "My mother was the reason you didn't go to Central Park at night!"
"We'll split up and go in different directions!"
"Nice going, house cat! Just for that, when we carve up the mouse, you'll get the big half!"
"What's the matter? What're you waiting for?"
Smokey and his gang watch as Snowbell leaves with Stuart.
Smokey and his minions see Stuart hugging Snowbell's leg.
(Snowbell: Call me fickle, but I wanna call this whole thing off, OK?) "Too late!"
Snowbell pleads with Smokey to cancel the mouse hunt.
"Careful, house cat. You're askin' for it."
(Snowbell: He's not just a mouse. He's...family.) "Oh, yeah! Hahah! I can see the resemblance!"
"Scratch 'em both!"
Smokey sends his mob after Stuart and Snowbell.
Smokey watches as Stuart zip-lines via Snow's collar.
"Here you go, boys. Dinner's served."
Smokey presses the branch Stuart is on to the other cats.