Grumpy Cat

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Tardar Sauce
Grumpy Cat by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Grumpy Cat at 2014 appearance
Other appellation(s)Grumpy Cat
SpeciesFelis catus
BornTardar Sauce
(2012-04-04) April 4, 2012 (age 6)[1]
Morristown, Arizona
Known forGrumpy Cat memes
OwnerTabatha Bundesen
ParentsMother was a calico and father is unknown
Named afterTartar sauce

Grumpy Cat is a famous cat on the internet. Her real name is Tardar Sauce. She became popular because she always looks unhappy or "grumpy".[2]

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

History[change | change source]

Grumpy Cat, lives 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 is a calico short haired cat and her father has grey and white stripes. Tardar Sauce is small for her breed and has hind legs that "are a bit different". Even though she has a grumpy expression all the time, she is calm and "actually really nice". Her brother, Pokey, who was born in the same litter, has the grumpy personality.[4]

Her owners say Tardar Sauce is a normal cat "99% of the time". She is only allowed to have photos taken once a week. She cannot be handled by people she does 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.[5] 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.[4] 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.[6][7]

The cable news channel MSNBC named Grumpy Cat 2012's most influential cat.[8]

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."[9]

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?"[10][11][12] In September 2013, it was announced that Grumpy Cat would become the Official Spokescat of Friskies and sponsor their advertising.[13] 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.[11]

On March 22, 2013, Grumpy Cat traveled to New York City to promote the Friskies game show. She appeared on Good Morning America[14] and Anderson Live with Anderson Cooper.[15] She also visited Time magazine for a photoshoot.[16] Grumpy Cat was "interviewed" for a story in an issue of Forbes magazine. It was released on March 25.[17]

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.[18] Movie director Tim Hill wrote the script and the movie was made during the summer of 2014.[19] Actress Aubrey Plaza did the voice acting for the Grumpy Cat character.[18]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "About Grumpy Cat". September 30, 2012. Retrieved August 4, 2014.
  2. Farberov, Snejana (29 September 2012). "What a sourpuss! Tardar Sauce the Grumpy Cat becomes latest Internet sensation". Daily Mail. London. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Internet finds world's grumpiest cat, named Tardar Sauce". Fox News. 28 September 2012. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "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 31 October 2014.
  5. 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 31 October 2014. On her paperwork, though, from the vet? It's spelled right, with a 'T' – for the record.
  6. Rosman, Katherine (May 31, 2013). "Grumpy Cat Has an Agent, and Now a Movie Deal". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  7. "Table of Contents - October 7, 2013 Issue". New York. October 7, 2013. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  8. Fleming, Mike. "Grumpy Cat Gets Garfield-Like Movie Deal". Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  9. "Grumpy cat is getting her own waxwork and looks a bit... grumpy". BBC UK newsbeat. Retrieved 2015-08-27.
  10. "Grumpy Cat: The Internet's Favorite Sour Cat Draws Crowds at SXSW - ABC News". 2012-04-04. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  11. 11.0 11.1 "Grumpy Cat - Pamprrrrd at Friskies Photo Shoot". 2013-03-08. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  12. "Grumpy Cat on Friskies® Cat Game Show, "Will Kitty Play With It?"". YouTube. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  13. "Grumpy Cat signs endorsement deal with Friskies". 2013-09-18. Retrieved 30 May 2015.
  14. 03/22/2013. "Grumpy Cat Interview 2013 on 'GMA': Meme Star Exclusive Video | Video - ABC News". Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  15. "Grumpy Cat in the House!". YouTube. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  16. "Internet Celebrity Grumpy Cat Is Not Impressed by TIME's Photo Shoot |". 2013-03-22. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  17. Noer, Michael (2012-04-18). "Grumpy Cat: The Forbes Interview". Forbes. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  18. 18.0 18.1 Hank Stuever (28 November 2014). "Grumpy Cat's Lifetime holiday movie: Claws out for Claus". The Washington Post website: TV section. Retrieved 30 November 2014.
  19. Jarvey, Natalie (11 June 2014). "Grumpy Cat to Star in Lifetime Holiday Movie (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 30 November 2014.

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