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.
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.
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.
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.)