Facepalm: Grumpy Cat Internet Meme Gets 'Garfield' Style Film Deal
by Ethan Anderton
May 30, 2013
It's time for this week's edition of "This is why we can't have nice things." Just earlier this month, we were surprised to see that the restaurant of Medieval Times was getting a feature film adaptation, proving that Hollywood doesn't just need TV shows, novels, comic books, video games, toys and board games for weak film ideas. But now it gets worse as Deadline reports the Internet meme known simply as Grumpy Cat is in the midst of a feature film deal being put together by Broken Road and the representatives of the sourfaced feline which has become an Internet sensation and Meme of the Year at the 2013 Webby Awards. Read on!
If you don't know Grumpy Cat (real name, Tartar Sauce), then you can educate yourself right here, and also see evidence of the cat hard at work in various images online. The feature film deal being put together would make Grumpy Cat a talking animal along the lines of Garfield, and you can see where this idea is going from there. Deadline also gives a rundown of just how expansive and popular Grumpy Cat has become:
"[Grumpy Cat was named] most influential cat of 2012 by MSNBC, a most important Meme of 2012 by Mashable, and has appeared on such TV shows including Today, Good Morning America, CBS Evening News, Anderson Cooper Live, VH1 Morning Buzz and The Soup.
In March, Grumpy Cat was deemed the star of South by Southwest-i by news outlets. The appearances drew lines of thousands of people that spanned for blocks. Grumpy Cat received more social mentions in four days than anyone else at SXSWi.
The cat’s official Facebook has more than 930,000 likes and a weekly reach well over 2 million. The official YouTube Channel has over 120,000 subscribers and over 20 million views. Grumpy Cat stars in a collection of webisodes in partnership with Friskies and the Will Kitty Play With It series. Grumpy Cat merchandise sells at Walmart, Hot Topic, Thinkgeek and many other retail stores. Licenses include Chronicle Books, Gund, Ripple Junction, Buckle Down, T Line, ATNY, Ultra Pro, 99 Cent Brains and more."
I'd like to meet the person who has to determine who the most influential cat is every single year at MSNBC. Anyway, you can't deny the appeal of Grumpy Cat, but turning the pet into a talking feature film star will likely take the charm away from what just some simple images have turned into on the web. People have made the meme their own, using it for various jokes, often in image form. Funnily enough, the image actually perfectly emulates the way I feel about a Grumpy Cat movie. We're hoping that this is one of those feature film deals that just falls to the wayside and never gets spoken of again. If Garfield didn't pan out with Bill Murray as the orange cat, then what's going to make this nonsense work? Thoughts?