Famous Cat Stars
Do you know how many cats have became famous in the movies, on TV and in the comics? A cat as a main character has always been popular especially with children. Listed below are some of the more well know cat stars.
Duchess: Appeared in Walt Disney’s “Aristocrats” with O’Malley the Alley Cat.
Garfield: Appeared in his own comic strip and cartoon movies. Still used in commercials and toys.
Felix: The star of the first talking cartoon. Felix was used as the very first television test broadcast.
Fritz: Invented by Robert Crumb as Fred the Cat. Crumb made a movie about Fritz but eventually stopped any further episodes.
Sylvester: ” I thought I saw a puddy cat”. Tweetie’s favorite nemesis in the cartoon series.
Krazy Cat: The star of the first cat comic strip with Ignatz Mouse.
Morris: Rescued from a Chicago animal shelter by Bob Martwick, a professional animal trainer. Morris did commercials for Purina’s 9 Lives cat food. Morris died in 1978.
The Cat in the Hat: Made famous by Dr. Seuss, it is a children’s book classic. Eventually made into a video.
Socks: Pet cat of President Bill Clinton.
Tom: Portrayed in the Tom and Jerry cartoons. You would always find Tom scheming something up to try and catch Jerry.
MTM kitten: Symbol of Mary Tyler Moore’s company and a take off on the MGM lion. Mimsey died in 1988.
Puss’N’Boots: He was first written by the Brothers Grimm but in later years was made into cartoons and starred in “Shrek II”.
Bagpuss: The BBC’s favorite children’s show of all time.
Pepper: A gray cat who worked with Charlie Chaplin, Fatty Arbuckle and the Keystone Cops.
Orangey: Appeared in “Rhubarb”, “Gigot”, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and “Our Miss Brooks”.
Solomon: A white Chinchilla longhair who appeared in “Diamonds are Forever” and “A Clockwork Orange”.
Topcat: Cartoon series featuring Topcat as the leader of a group of cats in a city.
There were many movies that also feature a cat. Secret agent D.C. in “That Darn Cat”. Pyrewacket, a Siamese, in “Bell , Book and Candle”. Si and Am, two Siamese cats, in “Lady and the Tramp”. Jiji, a black cat, in “Kiki’s Delivery Service”. A ginger tom cat called “cat” in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”. Various cats in “National Geographic’s Caressing the Tiger”. Isis, a black cat, and Sylvia in “Star Trek”. Winky, a black cat, in “Escape to Witch Mountain”. The Cheshire Cat in “Alice in Wonderland”. Various cats in the Broadway musical “Cats”. In addition, a cat was usually included in many horror and suspense movies, television shows and novels.
The cat has had an influence on the media and has provided entertainment for young and old. Who knows what will be the next cat star!