Grumpy Cat breaks Hollywood. Heaven knows she's miserable meow

by Toby Manhire / 02 June, 2013
The mightiest of all the internet cat memes is to be be made into a movie.
A film deal, a book deal, even a deal for a line of beverages. Things are looking up for Grumpy Cat.

Fortunately, however, Grumpy Cat – real name Tardar Sauce – is taking it all with her customary scowl.

God forbid that she might look happy. She’d be ruined.

Grumpy Cat, who is a little over a year old, has shot to fame since her first appearance on Reddit in September last year. The “I had fun once - It was awful” meme (pictured – as if that wasn’t obvious) took off, spawning hundreds of imitators.

So popular has she proved on the inter-tubes that she was named meme of the year at the recent Webby awards.

Her personal webpage explains:

Grumpy Cat became an internet sensation after her photo was posted on Reddit on September 22, 2012. It was suggested that the original photo was photoshopped, so we posted a few videos on YouTube. The videos went viral and her popularity has continued to increase!


The original video now has more than 10 million YouTube views:


And now she’s a star. Time reports:

Grumpy Cat –the king of the internet cat meme – is breaking off from the computer screen and heading to the silver screen. Grumpy Cat’s agent has sold a one-picture deal for a Garfield-like feature film in which Grumpy Cat ... will star and, yes, talk. Grumpy Cat is no stranger to the camera. The grouch’s official YouTube Channel has over 120,000 subscribers and over 20 million views.


Grumpy Cat merchandise includes mugs, T-shirts, calendars, books, and just about everything imaginable.

She’s even made the front page of the Wall Street Journal, including one of those famous ink portrait sketches.



Some bonus Grumpy Cat facts, care of Vanity Fair:

  • Earlier this year, Friskies reportedly flew Grumpy Cat first class to the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, where the company provided her with endless bottled water, a four-diamond hotel room with a king-sized bed, and her own chauffeur.

  • Grumpy Cat is so in demand that her owner, Tabatha Bundesen, took a leave of absence from work to manage her schedule.

  • Grumpy Cat has already starred in a film, Andy Capper’s documentary Lil Bub & Friendz, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival this year.


See also:

Gangnam sigh - a meme creaks

The Haram Shake - meme as protest movement

The Bronies - My Little Pony meme makes movies
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