A couple days ago we were graced with a new grumpy cat named Tard. It’s often difficult to tell whether the furry feline is happy, angry or a combination of the two. Though we’re not quite ready to give up Maru or Henri as our favourite Internet cats, if Tard keeps up her grumpy misdemeanour, they could have some fierce competition. I’d love to see an Internet cat convention with these three stars meeting for the first time. Someone please make it happen.
I’ve already relayed my love for grumpy-anything. When I was a kid, my favourite cartoon characters usually had some sort of cloud-over-their-head outlook on life. Think of Disney’s Donald Duck or The Care Bear’s Grumpy. So no surprise, I love Henri The Existential Cat. He’s actually my favourite of all the Internet cats.
In the third episode called “Le Vet”, Henri visits a doctor and ponders whether his entire life is a sham. He’s having a hard time dealing with his newfound status as a viral video cat, but a demeaning visit to the vet doesn’t do anything to cure his disillusionment of the world.
Combined with Will Braden’s “The Good and Bad Heart,” Henri makes me question a lot of things in this life and reinforces that we should all be true to ourselves. We also get a glimpse of a secondary character, a fluffy white “imbecile” cat who’s colluding with the caretakers. Drama! [Source]
My neighbours used to own two black cats with very different personalities. Felix was a happy-go-lucky feline who happily ate generic food over the seemingly tastier name brand. Jimmy on the other hand was what I now know to be an existential cat. He grimly sat by the window, either ignoring us or giving us a look of “I’m to good for this” disdain when we tried to pet him. Sadly, he had a corkscrew-shaped tail that I’m sure made him feel insecure.
If Jimmy met Henri, perhaps he’d at least feel another cat understood him. In this video, Henri, the existential cat ponders his dull existence and learns a few difficult truths along the way.
Watch the video below: