Grumpy, whose real name is Tardar Sauce, rose to fame after her comically cynical Internet memes went viral. She is now worth a reported $100 million, thanks to her best selling mew-moir “Grumpy Cat: A Grumpy Book,” branded merchandise, public appearances and partnership with Friskies Party Mix.
Grumpy, whose perpetual sour puss is the result of feline dwarfism, was born in Arizona in April 2012 and was adopted as a kitten by Tabatha Bundesen, who was a server at Red Lobster at the time. Her Uncle Bryan Bundesen, a former lineman for Time-Warner Cable, now manages her career.
Grumpy first gained acclaim when she was 5 months old and her uncle posted a pic of her on Reddit, where it was viewed 1.5 million times in 36 hours. She became so famous in such a brief amount of time that Tabatha and Bryan quit their jobs in order to focus on her fur-bulous career.
In the movie, Grumpy stars as a kitty that is for sale in a mall pet shop, where customers overlook her because of her homely appearance. But she forms a special friendship with a 12-year-old girl during the holidays, and the pair embarks on some fur-raising adventures. Grumpy’s movie voice is being provided by “Parks and Recreation” star Aubrey Plaza.
I actually got to meet Grumpy in April, when Friskies feted her with a grand second birthday bash in Manhattan, in conjunction with the launch of limited edition Party Mix packaging bearing her image.
Contrary to her public persona, she’s far from grumpy. In fact, she’s a sweet, laid back kitty that hasn’t allowed fame to go to her furry head.
At any rate, I am looking forward to her small screen debut, in which she is sure to turn in a meow-velous purr-formance.
Photo from Lifetime