America’s favorite sourpuss is leaping from the world of Internet memes to the small screen in her first movie, Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever. Grumpy Cat found stardom when a picture of the kitty with the permanent scowl first appeared online. And when owner Tabatha Bundesen posted a YouTube video, she reveals, “Within 36 hours we had over a million views, and within three days, we were getting media requests.”
But Grumpy the cat is actually not grumpy. “She’s actually very calm and sweet,” says Bundesen. “Grumpy is actually only a reputation.”
In the Lifetime holiday film, Grumpy Cat lives in a mall pet shop and meets a young girl who realizes that she is the only person who can hear this unique cat talk. The twosome form a close bond, work together to thwart a dognapping, and Grumpy Cat learns the real meaning of Christmas.
And as you can see from the trailer below, the family-friendly flick is hilarious! I hope Lifetime has Grumpy Cat under contract, because I want to see Grumpy Cat 2: Grumpy Hates Love on Lifetime by Valentine’s Day.
Despite the frenzied buzz surrounding the family flick, Grumpy Cat is taking the attention in stride. “She was born a star, but she’s pretty much indifferent to the fame. She could care less,” confesses Bundesen.
Actress Aubrey Plaza, whose Parks and Recreation character April Ludgate is a deadpan youthful curmudgeon, will provide the frowning feline’s voice in the film. When asked what Grumpy Cat would think of her first film experience, Grumpy’s owner riffed, “I made a movie once, and I hated it.”
Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever > Lifetime > Nov. 29 at 8pm ET/PT
Grumpy Cat in a sleigh and Bundesen images © 2014 Courtesy of Lifetime
Aubrey Plaza image by Karla Braun © 2014