Mouse Hunt (1997)

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“He’s Hitler with a tail. He’s ‘The Omen’ with whiskers. Even Nostradamus didn’t see him coming!”

The Scoop: PG 1997, directed by Gore Verbinski and starring Nathan Lane, Lee Evans, Vicki Lewis, and Christopher Walken

Tagline: Who’s hunting who?

Summary Capsule: Two men prove they’re even more incapable than Tom at catching Jerry

DnaError’s rating: A Squirting Flower of Fun

DnaError’s review: Mouse Hunt just flew under everyone’s radar. Maybe people thought it was a real-life version of the infamous, unworkable board game. Who knows? In any case, I only caught Mouse Hunt due to do luck and not having anything to watch, and I am so glad I did.

Mouse Hunt is the story of two string fortune heirs who get down on their luck and end up with an inherited mansion. All is fine until they find an unexpected tenant, a plucky little brown mouse who isn’t giving up his house without a fight. Sound like a Warner Brother Carton premise? It should, Mouse Hunt is a variable treasure chest of Cartoon Gags, from huge Wily E. Coyote traps to pun-riddled dialogue. It’s so over the top and goofy, colorful, outright ZANY in parts that you can’t help but smile.

Nothing here is new, per say, the stoic exterminator, the dopey but good-natured brother and his arrogant, bossy sibling (Just real life versions of Warner Brothers Mice whose names I can’t recall) but it perfectly mimics capturing the spirit and tempo of animation. (Why they didn’t just use animation is one question, but I digress) It’s as if the Cohen brothers wanted to homage Chuck Jones AND beat up Nathan Lane in the process. It plays out like a lost Bugs Bunny Cartoon, but in real life… and Bugs is a mouse. Well, the spirit is the same anyway, and it’s the spirit that makes yah laugh. Never vulgar or crude, and wacky to the core, Mouse Hunt is a fun time with some old ideas.


  • The director (Gore Verbinski) in addition to producing light hearted family fare like this, also directed “The Ring” and Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun’. Cherry.
  • Ernie Smuntz bows to a sheik who is seeking to bid for his home. In doing so, he greets him with “Hakuna Matata,” which is the song he sings in The Lion King.
  • A photographer at the auction uses a twin lens reflex with a bulb type flash. Immediately after using the flash bulb an unused bulb is visible in the attachment.

Groovy Quotes

Ernie: I don’t think we’re dealing with an ordinary mouse.

Lars: I don’t believe it. He snapped the trap, ate the olive and left the pit just to mock us!
Ernie: I think you’re giving him a little too much credit. Mice don’t mock. They don’t even have a sense of humor. He’s not sitting in his little home in a smoking jacket by the fireplace saying “I left the pit!” The explanation is simple. The trap snapped itself, the olive flew off and he ate it. But now that he knows we’re here, he won’t come within a mile of us. As for me, I don’t think we’ll be seeing any more of that [sees mouse]
Ernie: MOUSE!

Ernie: He’s Hitler with a tail. He’s “The Omen” with whiskers. Even Nostradamus didn’t see him coming!

Lars Smuntz: A world without string is chaos.

Ernie: We’re looking for a cat. And preferably with a history of mental illness. I’m talkin’ one mean pussy.

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