The Daily Meow – VICE’s Investigation into Online Cat Obsession at TriBeCa Film Festival
Right up there with porn and maybe even surpassing it, cats are the most popular thing on the Internet. The question is, why? VICE, the seeker of answers to life’s pressing questions, hopes to find out in their upcoming documentary Lil Bub & Friendz, directed and produced by Andy Capper (REINCARNATED) and Juliette Eisner, debuting at the TriBeCa Film Festival in April. The doc tells the story of Bub and her owner Mike Bridavsky, in the company of Grumpy Cat, Keyboard Cat, Nyan Cat, with expert advice from “meme manager supreme” Ben Lashes.
According to KnowYourMeme.com, Lil Bub was born June 21, 2011 with several genetic mutations that cause her to look the way she does. In the film’s trailer you can see x-rays that show how her bones differ from that of an average cat, although the deformities are what make Bub so endearing. She first hit the Internet in November 2011 in a video called “good job bub.3gp” that shows Bub stalking a camera before pouncing on it. More videos followed and soon after, Bub had her own Blog,Twitter and Facebook page, which as of publication boasts over 105,000 likes. Now that she is a movie star, that number is only going to get bigger. (via torontostandard).