The crabby-faced feline sensation has captured the hearts and minds of millions around the world. Next stop: Hollywood megastardom. Limousines. Luxury trailers. Pilates instructors. Macrobiotic vittles ... Meh. Grumpy Cat's not impressed.
Born Tardar Sauce -- named for the color of her coat -- on April 4, 2012, Grumpy Cat hit it big in September of that year after Bryan Bundesen, brother of her owner, Tabatha, posted a photo of the pouty-faced feline to Reddit. A video was later posted to YouTube to prove Grumpy Cat's trademark scowl was not achieved with Photoshop. The video has over 10 million views. Grumpy Cat's permanently grumpy face is due to a condition called feline dwarfism.
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Grumpy Cat has since amassed nearly 1 million Facebook fans, 88,000 Twitter followers and 120,000 subscribers to her YouTube channel. She was also voted Meme of the Year at the 2013 Webby Awards and most influential cat of the year by MSNBC, and has appeared on Today, Good Morning America, CBS Evening News, Anderson Cooper Live and The Soup. Grumpy Cat was also the breakout superstar of South by Southwest, with thousands of fans lining up for an audience with the furry sensation.
Before Grumpy Cat goes Hollywood, she's heading to New York to promote her new book, Grumpy Cat: A Grumpy Book: Disgruntled Tips and Activities Designed to Put a Frown on Your Face at BookExpo America, the publishing industry convention. Grumpy Cat mugs, T-shirts, calendars, messenger bags and much, much more are available as well.
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Ben Lashes, Grumpy Cat's manager, is a specialist in marketing cats that go viral online. He also represents Keyboard Cat, whose owners are currently at war with Warner Bros. in a lawsuit over likeness rights.
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Lashes has just sold an option to Broken Road Productions, makers of Zookeeper, Jack and Jill and Paul Blart: Mall Cop, for a potential feature film project starring Grumpy Cat. The film would be in line with the Garfield films, with Grumpy Cat able to speak dialogue. But this would not be a CGI reproduction of Grumpy Cat: Broken Road's Todd Garner and Sean Robins insist the real Grumpy Cat will star.
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While this is Grumpy Cat's biggest film deal, it's not her first time in the movies. She also appears as herself in Lil Bub and Friendz, a documentary about a runt with "perma-kitten" face that has become something of an Internet phenomenon in her own right. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film festival in April.