Internet Cat Video Film Festival

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This week, the exploits of some very famous cats—including box-loving Maru and the existential Henri, le Chat Noir—will be writ large on a big screen for the Internet Cat Video Film Fest. Click through for three of our favorite pop-culture kitties who gained fame before YouTube.

Photograph: Courtesy Paws


The misanthropic tabby likes naps and lasagna, and hates just about everything else (especially Mondays). Let’s just forget that the live-action films ever happened.


Hello Kitty

Lil Bub and Grumpy Cat owe much to the Japanese cartoon, which proved that all you need to create a worldwide phenomenon is a cute whiskered visage.

Photograph: Courtesy WIkimedia Commons/Marcy Nighswander


The Clintons’ tuxedo cat inspired several books and, oddly, a video for the Violent Femmes’ “Blister in the Sun.” (Take that, Bo and Sunny Obama.)

Proof that cats really do rule everything around us: After the success of the Internet Cat Video Festival at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis—two kitty-centric shindigs have taken place there since 2012—its organizers have decided to bring the feline fiesta to Brooklyn. So what can you expect? At this summer's event, a few Internet-famous furballs—including Maru, Lil Bub and Keyboard Cat—were inducted into a kitty Hall of Fame; Grumpy Cat won the Golden Kitty award; and lots of people showed up in cat costumes. So basically, it'll be the best night ever, if you're a cat lady or gent. Dog people, we suggest you steer clear.

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