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From songs to television to movies, books, and comic strips, cats have meowed their way into every aspect of pop culture- and into our lives. In celebration of our furry felines, we’ve compiled a list of 5 famous cats in pop culture.
1. Salem Saberhagen from Sabrina The Teenage Witch
Salem is the beloved pet cat of a teenage witch named Sabrina and her two quirky aunts. He is essentially a warlock who is trapped inside the body of a cat who is sentenced to a century with humans by the American Shorthair of the Witches Council. Salem is most remembered for his sarcastic wit and one-liners.
2. Smelly Cat from Friends
Whether it’s Phoebe Buffay’s famous song “Smelly Cat” or the show’s numerous cat appearances, the character of “Smelly Cat” became the show’s popular ditty. It’s hard to resist singing the song once you hear it!
3. Mr. Bigglesworth, Austin Powers
Remember the famous one-liner by Dr. Evil in Austin Powers, “When Dr. Evil gets angry, Mr. Bigglesworth gets upset. And when he gets upset, people die!” Mr. Bigglesworth is Dr. Evil’s famous sidekick in the movie. He is often seen sitting in the Doctor’s arms.
4. Garfield, Garfield
Garfield is the famous feline comic strip character who first appeared in it in 1978. He is remembered as the lasagne-loving, lazy cat whose comic strip has grossed more than a $1 billion worldwide. It is also the most syndicated comic strip!
5. Mufasa from The Lion King
The first king of the lions in the movie, he is lovingly recalled for his bravery and courage. In the movie, Mufasa tries to teach his son about responsibility and how to distinguish between arrogance and bravery in order to achieve a balance in the circle of life. Mufasa is the embodiment of a parent- patience, understanding, wisdom, knowledge, and discipline. Mufasa’s remarkable voice is none other than superstar James Earl Jones.
6. Felix the Cat
He is perhaps the most recognizable cartoon characters in movie history, Felix first appeared during the era of silent films. His expressive tail was seen as a great example of surrealism in the making of films.
7. Hello Kitty
This cute cat made her first debut in 1974 and since then she has become one of the largest franchises in Japan and in the world. Hello Kitty is Japan’s most popular pop icon!
8. Tom from the cartoon Tom & Jerry
Tom is a beloved half in the Tom and Jerry duo. He is engaged in a lifelong cat and mouse game with Jerry. Tom’s antics and attempts to catch Jerry never failed to get viewers’ attention, even today!
9. The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss This Dr. Seuss’s most beloved characters and perhaps the most recollected in pop culture. Since its first publication, it has sold over 11 million copies worldwide and graces many childhood libraries.