“Tardar Sauce” the original name of two-year-old “Grumpy Cat” has caught more than just 15 minutes of fame. This cat started off as an infamous Internet meme which I’m sure everyone is familiar with, but if not…
I wanted to talk about Grumpy Cat not only for quickly catching everyone’s attention but holding onto it. Her breakout photo was posted in 2012 and she is still in the public eye. I can’t help as a cat lover myself to adore Grumpy but I find it so funny that someone’s domesticated pet has landed front covers of publications, (The Wall Street Journal and New York magazine), received book deals, endorsements, and a movie deal. There have been rumors of Grumpy’s net worth being $100 million which her owner responded to and disproved without revealing an actual number of worth. Yet, if that is even ball park- it is very impressive. Tardar even has a manager that represents similar memes such as:
The part that makes me laugh the most is listening to reporters talking about her using pronouns such as “In her latest book” … “she dishes out cranky advice” as if we’re commending her for her fantastic writing expertise all while showing clips of a completely disinterested, docile cat. It’s so bizarre to go to a book signing where the praised author is an animal. Though, they really did think of everything when they decided to get a paw stamp to use as an autograph. Watch her at her book launch: Grumpy Cat Book Launch
The reason I am informing you all about Grumpy Cat’s successes is because she has had groundbreaking fame for the modern day meme- and also, she is in a Christmas movie that I am going to watch immediately after writing this; despite how cheesy it looks. For those of you that don’t know, “Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever” was released on November 29th as a TV movie. If you ask me, I think this was an odd choice considering she was made famous from the Internet it would have been more suitable to stream on Netflix or even upload to YouTube. At least they didn’t release it to the theaters since overall it has been a flop so far. The voice actress is Aubrey Plaza who I have heard many debates on if she was the right casting choice. Most people accept the fact simply because you can picture Aubrey the emotionless, flat (but still funny) humour she usually plays, which I could understand; but when you watch the trailer and you see the voice coming out of Grumpy’s mouth, it really doesn’t match up so well.
Another fun fact, Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever was filmed at my local Mall. Everyone was startled walking into the shopping center in September, before Halloween has even come, to find the Christmas display already set-up and a whole new pet store. I saw the set but never got to meet the cat, so sad! You can sneak a peak at it in the trailer:
Now that you’ve read this very non-important but at least a little relative blog post you can find out the truth. The main reason I wanted to talk Grumpy Cat was really just to show off my new toque I bought while I was meant to be Christmas shopping. And who better to show off to than the Internet world that made her famous in the first place?