Grumpy Cat, the amazing Internet meme, will get her own Lifetime Original Movie release this coming Christmas. Set to air in November under the title, Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever, the film will follow the exploits of Tardar Sauce (Grumpy Cat’s character) as she confronts the holiday spirit. I got a lot more excited about the film, however, when I learned that Aubrey Plaza, everyone’s favorite curmudgeon from the Parks and Recreation television show, would provide Tardar Sauce’s voice.
The story begins with Tardar Sauce in a lonely mall pet shop, where she is continually passed over by potential owners due to her now-trademark sourpuss face. A 12-year-old girl named Chrystal, however, realizes that she can hear the cat’s voice, and a number of misadventures ensue. I think Aubrey is a perfect choice for this role. Her character on Parks and Recreation has become one of my personal favorites, largely due to her grouchiness and amazing comic timing.
Since appearing on Parks and Recreation, Aubrey has secured a few roles in major films, most notably the independent movie Life After Beth, in which she played a dead girl who comes back to life as a zombie to destroy her ex-boyfriend’s life. I’m excited to see her getting more roles, especially ones that seem to be written specifically for her.
Grumpy Cat (Tardar Sauce) has enjoyed her own fame in recent months with the book The Grumpy Guide to Life: Observations by Grumpy Cat, which is available in 14 languages. She also released her own album with the help of other famous felines, including Oskar the Blind Cat and Hamilton the Hipster Cat. Tardar Sauce has become the spokescat for Friskies and is involved with Rescue Bank, a nonprofit that ensures all rescue shelters have adequate stocks of pet food.