Grumpy Cat’s Owner Is… Not So Grumpy Anymore, Thanks To $100 Milli

Christina Peden
by Christina Peden
Grumpy Cat and her human, Tabatha Bundesen, have 100 million reasons to smile

September 22, 2012 was the day that changed everything for Tabatha Bundesen.

You see, Bundesen is better known as the human who belongs to Internet sensation Grumpy Cat (did you really think we were going to refer to her as Grumpy Cat’s “owner”? No, Grumpy Cat is no one’s pet; we are all just her lowly minions).

And September 22 is the day that Bundesen’s brother posted the now-famous kitty’s photo to social networking site Reddit and BOOM! A meme was born. In less than 48 hours, Grumpy Cat (whose real name is Tardar Sauce) had more than 1 million views on Imgur.

As adorably angry as Grumpy Cat may seem, she isn’t actually super-ticked all the time — she has a form of dwarfism and an underbite that causes that enduring little frown of hers.

Turns out, Grumpy Cat and Bundesen have every reason to smile; together they’ve generated almost $100 million from the cantankerous kitty’s paid appearances, merchandise, book deals, modeling and now acting (yes, acting) career.

Grumpy Cat has just made her film debut in Lifetime’s Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever. In the movie, Grumpy Cat (voiced by the ever-hilarious Aubrey Plaza of Parks and Recreation fame) lives in a pet shop and is the cat that never gets adopted, until a 12-year-old girl name Chrystal falls in love with her. Can you blame her? Just look at that adorable little face!

The awesome news? You can watch the movie online for free (yes, FREE). It will also air again on Lifetime just in time for Christmas on December 21 (check local listings for details).

Somehow, we think that Bundesen (and maybe even Grumpy herself) will have good reason to smile this holiday season; since becoming Grumpy Cat’s main human minion, Bundesen has been able to quit her job as a waitress and spend more time (between GC appearances) visiting family members who are scattered around the country.

Bundesen says that Grumpy Cat is “unstoppable” and is thrilled that she can bring joy to so many people. We’re thrilled, too!

Are you planning to watch Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever this holiday season?

[Source: Business Insider]

Christina Peden
Christina Peden

Christina Peden is a lifelong animal lover and avid wordsmith. She lives in Toronto with her boyfriend Ryan where they are proud pet parents to puppy, Matilda and cat, Oscar. In her spare time, she can be found enjoying Toronto, Canada's all-too-short patio season, taking advantage of the city's numerous parks or curled up with a good book.

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