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Grumpy Cat at 2014 appearance

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".[1]

Her owner says that her grumpy-looking face is due to feline dwarfism and the placement of her teeth in her mouth.[2]

History[edit | edit 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".[2] 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.[3]

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[edit | edit source]

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"I ran once...it was horrible". A sign for Grumpy Cat at the Austin Marathon.

Grumpy Cat first became famous when Tabatha's brother posted some photos of her on Reddit, the social-news site.[4] 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.[3] 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.[5][6]

Christmas TV movie 2014[edit | edit 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.[7] Movie director Tim Hill wrote the script, and the movie was made during the summer of 2014.[8] Actress Aubrey Plaza did the voice acting for the Grumpy Cat character.[7]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Farberov, Snejana (29 September 2012). "What a sourpuss! Tardar Sauce the Grumpy Cat becomes latest Internet sensation". Daily Mail (London). http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2210654/What-sourpuss-Tardar-Sauce-Grumpy-Cat-latest-Internet-sensation.html. Retrieved 30 November 2014.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Internet finds world's grumpiest cat, named Tardar Sauce". news.com.au. Fox News. 28 September 2012. http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2012/09/28/internet-finds-world-grumpiest-cat-named-tardar-sauce/. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "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. http://www.austinchronicle.com/blogs/sxsw/2013-03-08/yes-you-could-totally-meet-grumpy-cat-at-sxsw/. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  4. 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. http://www.austinchronicle.com/blogs/sxsw/2013-03-08/yes-you-could-totally-meet-grumpy-cat-at-sxsw/. Retrieved 30 November 2014. "On her paperwork, though, from the vet? It's spelled right, with a 'T' – for the record."
  5. Rosman, Katherine (May 31, 2013). "Grumpy Cat Has an Agent, and Now a Movie Deal". The Wall Street Journal. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324412604578513352795950958.html. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  6. "Table of Contents - October 7, 2013 Issue". New York. October 7, 2013. http://nymag.com/nymag/toc/20131007. Retrieved 30 November 2014.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Hank Stuever (28 November 2014). "Grumpy Cat’s Lifetime holiday movie: Claws out for Claus". The Washington Post website: TV section. http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/tv/grumpy-cats-lifetime-holiday-movie-claws-out-for-claus/2014/11/28/59792c8c-7717-11e4-bd1b-03009bd3e984_story.html. Retrieved 30 November 2014.
  8. Jarvey, Natalie (11 June 2014). "Grumpy Cat to Star in Lifetime Holiday Movie (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/grumpy-cat-star-lifetime-holiday-710768. Retrieved 30 November 2014.

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