Grumpy Cat

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Grumpy Cat
Grumpy Cat by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Grumpy Cat at VidCon 2014
Other name(s)Tard, Tardar Sauce
SpeciesFelis catus
BreedMixed
SexFemale
Born(2012-04-04)April 4, 2012
Morristown, Arizona, U.S.
DiedMay 14, 2019(2019-05-14) (aged 7)
Occupation
  • Pet
  • Internet personality
  • Media personality
Years active2012–May 14, 2019
Known forbeing an internet meme star
OwnerTabatha Bundesen
ResidenceMorristown, Arizona, U.S.
Parent(s)Calico (mother) and an unknown father
Named afterTartar sauce
www.grumpycats.com

Grumpy Cat (April 4, 2012[1] – May 14, 2019) was a famous cat on the internet. Her real name was Tard before getting her current name “Tardar Sauce”. She became popular because she always looked unhappy or "grumpy".[2]

Her owner said that her grumpy-looking face was due to feline dwarfism and the placement of her teeth in her mouth.[3]

Grumpy Cat died at home on May 14, 2019.[4]

History[change | change source]

Grumpy Cat, lived with her owner, Tabatha Bundesen, in Morristown, Arizona.

She was born on April 4, 2012, with "a flat face, bubble eyes, and a short tail".[3] Her mom was a calico short haired cat and her father had grey and white stripes. Tardar Sauce was small for her breed and had hind legs that "were a bit different". Even though she had a grumpy expression all the time, she was calm and "actually really nice". Her brother, Pokey, who was born in the same litter, had the grumpy personality.[5]

Her owners said Tardar Sauce was a normal cat "99% of the time". She was only allowed to have photos taken once a week. She could not be handled by people she did not know very often.

Popularity[change | change source]

Grumpy Cat first became famous when Tabatha's brother posted some photos of her on Reddit, the social-news site.[6] Then, other users made photoshopped parodies of the unhappy cat with grumpy sayings, such as: ‘I had fun once. It was awful’ and ‘Just put me down’.

Grumpy Cat has her own website. She has a Facebook page. She has a manager, Ben Lashes. He also represents Keyboard Cat and Nyan Cat.[5] There are stuffed toy cats of her, t-shirts, calendars and mugs available for sale in stores and online. Many are featured on her website.

She appeared at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas in 2013. She was shown in limited two-hour appearances every day.

Grumpy Cat was on the front page of The Wall Street Journal on May 30, 2013, and on the cover of New York magazine on October 7, 2013.[7][8]

The cable news channel MSNBC named Grumpy Cat 2012's most influential cat.[9]

In August 2015, it was announced that Grumpy Cat would get her own wax sculpture at Madame Tussauds in San Franscisco. An agent from Madame Tussauds in London said: "We're all very excited..." "She will launch there and then tour five other Madame Tussauds attractions in the US."[10]

Friskies sponsorship[change | change source]

Grumpy Cat was shown in some episodes of the Friskies brand of cat food YouTube game show, "Will Kitty Play With It?"[11][12][13] In September 2013, it was announced that Grumpy Cat would become the Official Spokescat of Friskies and sponsor their advertising.[14] TMZ reported that Friskies paid for her to fly first class. They gave her a private hotel room with a king-sized bed, a personal assistant, a chauffeur, and all the Friskies food and bottled water she wanted.[12]

On March 22, 2013, Grumpy Cat traveled to New York City to promote the Friskies game show. She appeared on Good Morning America[15] and Anderson Live with Anderson Cooper.[16] She also visited Time magazine for a photoshoot.[17] Grumpy Cat was "interviewed" for a story in an issue of Forbes magazine. It was released on March 25.[18]

Christmas TV movie 2014[change | change source]

In June 2014, news came out that the Lifetime television network would make a movie about Grumpy Cat. The name of the movie is Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever, and it was first shown on the TV channel on November 29, 2014.[19] Movie director Tim Hill wrote the script and the movie was made during the summer of 2014.[20] Actress Aubrey Plaza did the voice acting for the Grumpy Cat character.[19]

References[change | change source]

  1. "16 Fun Facts About Grumpy Cat". October 16, 2013. Retrieved August 3, 2018.
  2. Farberov, Snejana (September 29, 2012). "What a sourpuss! Tardar Sauce the Grumpy Cat becomes latest Internet sensation". Daily Mail. London. Retrieved October 31, 2014.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Internet finds world's grumpiest cat, named Tardar Sauce". Fox News. news.com.au. September 28, 2012. Retrieved October 31, 2014.
  4. Victor, Daniel (May 17, 2019). "Grumpy Cat, Whose Frown Inspired an Internet Meme, Is Dead at 7". The New York Times. Archived from the original on May 17, 2019. Retrieved May 17, 2019.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Yes, You Could Totally Meet Grumpy Cat at SXSW: And here's an interview with the people behind the varmint - SXSW Blog". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved October 31, 2014.
  6. Brenner, Wayne Alan (March 8, 2013). "Yes, You Could Totally Meet Grumpy Cat at SXSW: And here's an interview with the people behind the varmint". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved October 31, 2014. On her paperwork, though, from the vet? It's spelled right, with a 'T' – for the record.
  7. Rosman, Katherine (May 31, 2013). "Grumpy Cat Has an Agent, and Now a Movie Deal". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved October 31, 2014.
  8. "Table of Contents - October 7, 2013 Issue". New York. October 7, 2013. Retrieved October 31, 2014.
  9. Fleming, Mike. "Grumpy Cat Gets Garfield-Like Movie Deal". Deadline.com. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  10. "Grumpy cat is getting her own waxwork and looks a bit... grumpy". BBC UK newsbeat. Retrieved August 27, 2015.
  11. "Grumpy Cat: The Internet's Favorite Sour Cat Draws Crowds at SXSW - ABC News". Abcnews.go.com. April 4, 2012. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  12. 12.0 12.1 "Grumpy Cat - Pamprrrrd at Friskies Photo Shoot". TMZ.com. March 8, 2013. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  13. "Grumpy Cat on Friskies® Cat Game Show, "Will Kitty Play With It?"". YouTube. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  14. "Grumpy Cat signs endorsement deal with Friskies". money.cnn.com. September 18, 2013. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  15. "Grumpy Cat Interview 2013 on 'GMA': Meme Star Exclusive Video | Video - ABC News". Abcnews.go.com. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  16. "Grumpy Cat in the House!". YouTube. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  17. "Internet Celebrity Grumpy Cat Is Not Impressed by TIME's Photo Shoot | TIME.com". Newsfeed.time.com. March 22, 2013. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  18. Noer, Michael (April 18, 2012). "Grumpy Cat: The Forbes Interview". Forbes. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  19. 19.0 19.1 Hank Stuever (November 28, 2014). "Grumpy Cat's Lifetime holiday movie: Claws out for Claus". The Washington Post website: TV section. Retrieved November 30, 2014.
  20. Jarvey, Natalie (June 11, 2014). "Grumpy Cat to Star in Lifetime Holiday Movie (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 30, 2014.

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