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(1997)

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The mousetraps scene was done without any digital effect whatsoever. Over 800 mousetraps were set individually and then rigged with wires under the floor. It took several takes, so each trap had to be reset, baited and wired one at a time.
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A rare commercial spot for the film not included in the either the VHS or DVD features a dramatic voice-over introduction "A story about a mouse..." which slowly pans to the shadow outline of the famous Disney character. Then the camera quickly cuts to show that it's actually the little guy from Mousehunt holding a pair of toothpick speared olives which he had been holding close to his head.
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The voice talents behind Timon and Pumbaa from The Lion King (1994) appear in the movie. Nathan Lane (Ernie Smuntz) voiced Timon. Maury, the pound owner is played by Ernie Sabella, the voice of Pumbaa.
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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 (1994).
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The first family comedy film from DreamWorks Pictures.
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In a few of the scenes where there is a close up of the mouse in the walls, they used a rat as a "body double".
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Eric Christmas and William Hickey's last film. Film dedicated to Hickey at the end.
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The mouse doesn't appear until 20 minutes into the film.
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Actor William Hickey was seriously ill during the film's production and died towards the end of principal photography. Fortunately all his scenes had already been filmed so it was not necessary to recast his part or make any major changes to the script to accommodate his death.
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William Hickey's character, Rudolph Smuntz, leaves his sons a half smoked box of Cuban cigars in his will. In The National Lampoons Christmas Vacation his character, Uncle Lewis, constantly smokes cigars.
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The film features both Nathan Lane and William Hickey. Hickey had previously appeared in The Producers (1968). Lane would subsequently appear in both the Broadway musical based on that film and in The Producers (2005), a film adaptation of said musical.
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Nathan Lane voices a cat in Stuart Little (1999) and Stuart Little 2 (2002), making this movie the first of three times when he plays a mouse-chaser.
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When the string factory starts up, the gears make a melody sound.
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Based on the quarter that Ernie and Lars used to flip for the single bed in the LaRue house, the film most likely takes place in the year "1972." Despite having a styles ranging from the 1940s-1990s.
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William Hickey plays Nathan Lane's father in this film - Lane had played "Max Bialystock" in the Mel Brooks production of "The Producers". Hickey had played the guy in the bar in the original 1968 film "The Producers" starring Zero Mostel & Gene Wilder.
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John Leguizamo were considered for the role of Ernie Smuntz.
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Mel Gibson were considered for the role of Ernie Smuntz.
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Harry Enfield were considered for the role of Lars Smuntz.
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Griff Rhys Jones were considered for the role of Lars Smuntz.
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Holly Hunter were considered for the role of April Smuntz.
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Scott Glenn were considered for the role of Caeser the Exterminator.
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Tom Baker were considered for the role of Ernie Smuntz.
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Christopher Reeve were considered for the role of Lars Smuntz.
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Martin Clunes were considered for the role of Ernie Smuntz.
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Michael Nouri were considered for the role of Lars Smuntz.
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Stockard Channing were considered for the role of April Smuntz.
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Donald O'Connor were considered for the role of Alexander Falko.
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Bill Duke were considered for the role of Lars Smuntz.
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Michael Richards were considered for the role of Ernie Smuntz.
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Matthew McConaughey were considered for the role of Ernie Smuntz.
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Kevin Pollak were considered for the role of Lars Smuntz.
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Heather Locklear were considered for the role of April Smuntz.
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Dudley Moore were considered for the role of Lars Smuntz.
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Jennifer Aniston was considered for the role of April Smuntz.
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Snoop Dogg were considered for the role of Ernie Smuntz.
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When Catzilla breaks out of the box, it is briefly played in slow motion.
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Only the Jennifer Aniston entry is grammatically correct (was vs were).
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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

Ironically William Hickey was dying of emphysema when his character Rudolph Smutz died in mousehunt and left half a box of smoked cigars to his sons
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