"All pets are off!" in first trailer for internet meme turned Lifetime movie
Pop-culture collectively-groaned when it was announced that internet meme-fixture "Grumpy Cat" would be getting her own movie, but seemingly switched to "wait and see" mode when comedian Aubrey Plaza was chosen to voice the character. Now, in the film's debut trailer, both fans and detractors can get their first look at the results.
Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever (which will debut on Lifetime on November 29th) casts Grumpy as the resident of a mall pet shop with a pessimistic outlook on life after being constantly passed-over by customers in favor of cuter animals. Things change for Grumpy when she meets Chrystal, a happy-go-lucky 12 year-old girl who is somehow able to hear her and understand her thoughts. Together, they team up to rescue an expensive, exotic dog (whom Grumpy otherwise despises) from a pair of kidnappers on Christmas Eve.
Grumpy Cat (whose real name is Tardar Sauce and whose unique expression is the result of feline dwarfism) has been an "internet sensation" since a photo of the cat was posted to Reddit in 2012 and became a favorite of meme-makers. Since that time, the popularity of said memes has spun-off a merchandising empire of shirts, books, toys and more.