Cats and Mice is the upcoming 2017 American animated family action-comedy film directed by Will Finn.

The film is produced by Paramount Animation and Reel FX Animation Studios and Released by Paramount Pictures.

Film Summary


Mrs. Carolyn Brody (Elizabeth Perkins) and her son Scott (Alexander Pollock) return home, and the family's cat Buddy (Adam Sandler) starts chasing a mouse, a chase which ends with Buddy's capture by other cats in an ambush.

This is witnessed by an Anatolian Shepherd dog named Butch (voiced by Alec Baldwin) who reports Buddy's capture to his superiors. The head dog then orders the best canine agents to complete the mission by preventing all (cats) from achieving their favorite goal: to eat all the mice make all humans kill the rats.

Meanwhile, at a farm, a handful of mice and rats make fun of a younger reluctant cat (voiced by Eddie Murphy), who wants to be free. The two tries an escape, but they fails. A group of young rats, all of them trained mouse agents, led by a large Doberman Pinscher appear, round up the Beagle puppies and force them into hiding underground. Mrs. Brody comes into the cat pen and she selects the younger cat who was forgotten by the Dobermanns. She decides to adopt him and takes him home, naming him Lenny after Scott sarcastically suggests the name "Loser".

Lenny goes near an explosive trap set by the mice but Butch comes out and detonates it harmlessly. Jake then shows Lenny the network that cat agents use, then takes him to meet some more agents: Peek (voiced by Joe Pantoliano) is a Chinese Crested Dog who works in an underground tube and has surveillance and communications equipment and Sam (voiced by Michael Clarke Duncan) who is an Old English Sheepdog. Having mistaken Lou for a trained dog agent, Butch raises his concerns to his superiors, but is told that there is no time to send a replacement. Lou is then briefed on the origins of the war between cats and dogs, which apparently dates all the way back to Ancient Egypt. Butch also mentions that fate of Buddy, who meanwhile had managed to escape from the cats and was now retired from the spy business, living life in a condominium.

Meanwhile, Mr. Tinkles (voiced by Sean Hayes), a white Persian cat, plans to conquer the world by making all humans allergic to dogs with Mr. Brody (Jeff Goldblum)'s research on a cure for dog allergies. He is briefly interrupted by Sophie the Maid (Miriam Margoyles) who needs to dress him upon seeing the comatose Mr. Mason (Myron Natwick). Tinkles then tells his sidekick Calico (voiced by Jon Lovitz), an Exotic Shorthair, to send in the ninja cats (voiced by Danny Mann and Billy West) he hired to steal the research. He sends in the Devon Rex ninjas but Lou manages to prevent the theft. Lou then meets a former agent and Butch's ex-sweetheart and girlfriend named Ivy (voiced by Susan Sarandon), a Saluki who belly scratches him. Disappointed that the ninja cats failed him, Mr. Tinkles then orders Calico to send a Russian Blue mercenary, whose name is Diemitir Kennelkoff, (voiced by Glenn Ficarra) to steal the research. Kennelkoff frames Lou for defecating in the house with a ball containing fake dog feces, causing Lou to be confined outside, then places a bomb on the lab door. Butch and Lou manage to get into the house through the window, but Peek and Sam are trapped outside after Lou knocks the window prop away. Kennelkoff fires a series of boomerangs around the Brodys' house causing serious damage and which break several vases and knock a lamp over; the boomerangs also cause the curtain pole to break. Lou then distracts the Russian while Butch tries to disable the bomb, but Kennelkoff turns his attention on Butch and tries to kill him. Butch gets caught in a telephone wire, then Mrs Brody comes home looking for her cell phone and surprisingly does not notice her wrecked living room. Although he suspects that dogs can see in black and white, Butch manages to escape and disables the bomb, but Kennelkoff holds out a remote that will detonate the bomb and laughs until the lab door opens and hits him. Kennelkoff is then captured and interrogated. The agent tells the gang that they pumped a few things out of Kennelkoff's stomach, including a note written by Mr. Tinkles.

After an incident involving Lou playing with Scott, Professor Brody's machine finally gets the positive combinations for the formula. As Mr. Tinkles and Calico overhear the call between Professor Brody and a doctor, they decide to spring a trap for Dr. Brody and his family. First, Mr. Tinkles makes his sinister and talking side known to Sophie, causing her to faint, then he and his cats take Mr Mason's comatose body to Mason's Christmas tree flocking plant, where Tinkles passes his voice off as Mr Mason to send the employees home and commandeer the factory for the next plot. The cats send soccer tickets to an exhibition game between Uruguay and Chad to the Brody family, obviously a ruse. The cats make a fake entry and when the Brody family pulls up, the cats throw a gas bomb into their car, which goes off in a tremendous explosion and leaves the family unconscious.

While trying to decipher Mr. Tinkles's location, the dogs are obviously unaware that the Brodys have been led into a trap and are kidnapped by the said cat. After receiving a video from the cat demanding Mr. Brody's research as a ransom, the dogs from around the world assemble at a meeting (like the United Nations General Assembly) run by the Mastiff (voiced by Charlton Heston). When the dog agents are unable to give up the formula after the meeting of the world's dogs, Lou angrily confronts Butch for not helping him. Butch then explains that when his owner went to college, he left him with his grandmother and storms off, cutting off all of Lou's communications with Peek and the others, so Lou would not seek help to save his family. Lou gives in and brings Mr. Tinkles the research, and is betrayed. Butch manages to find the depressed Lou and, along with Ivy, the two stage an ambush of Mr. Tinkles's factory where the latter plans to use mice to spread the now mass-produced allergy to dogs. While Butch, Ivy, Peek and Sam fight Tinkles's cat forces, Lou frees the Brodys and Calico (who was betrayed by Tinkles), revealing he can speak in the process. Lou defeats Tinkles and rescues Butch, but the claw of the excavator hits his head and a flocking tank, causing an explosion that destroys the factory. Butch manages to save Lou and he tells him he was right about everything, but the cat is unresponsive and seems to be dead. After a few hurtful moments of sadness and sorrow (in which Scott, feeling genuinely remorseful for referring to Lenny as "loser", tearfully apologizes to Lou), Lou suddenly awakens, and all rejoice. Lenny decides to be a normal cat and not a secret agent yet, but one day he will be when he is a full-grown cat. Lenny then lets Jake Mouse and all the mice moves in with him.

In an extended ending, Lenny builds an amusument park for every mice. Lenny and Jake Mouse are now working as the secret agents after they defeats Mr. Wildins for kidnapping Buddy. The film ends while finding food from some nearby bins for a feast, Lenny is briefly ambushed by the rats.

In the post-credits scene, Mr. Wildins is sent to live with Sophie and her three sisters, who dress him in hilariously ridiculous girly outfits as punishment; Mr. Wildins then remarks that "This can't be happening".


  • Eddie Murphy as Lenny, the main protagonist of the film. He is the fat cat.
  • Tim Allen as Jake, the deuteragonist of the film. He is a brave mouse.
  • Mr. Lawrence as Wilgins, the main antagonist. He is the fat cat who works as a leader of the cats who wants to kill all the mice of New York.
  • Robert Downey Jr. as The Mastermouse, the leader of the mouse agents.




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