Lil Bub & Friendz Premieres at Tribeca!
We are proud to announce that our new documentary, Lil Bub & Friendz, the story of the world’s cutest internet cat, will premiere at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival in New York City.
Starring Lil Bub and Bub’s owner, Mike Bridavsky, along with Grumpy Cat, Nyan Cat, Keyboard Cat, and meme manager supreme Ben Lashes, the movie follows the life and times of Bub and examines the internet cat phenomenon with an amazing soundtrack that features Spiritualized, Vernon Elliott, Mort Garson, Steve Reich, and Integrity. The film is directed and produced by Andy Capper (Reincarnated) and Julilette Eisner.
The official trailer for Lil Bub & Friendz will be available to watch here and on youtube.com/vice on March 18th. In the meantime, watch our teaser trailer below.
Details of screenings and the premiere at the TriBeCa Film Festival to follow!
We did cat yoga at the Center for Feline Studies and spoke with two feline experts about why cats on the internet are so addictive.
The second episode in VICE’s cat series features Jeffrey Bussolini, owner of the Center for Feline Studies, and Amy Kellner, creator of The Cute Show.
Watch the first episode of VICE’s cat series, featuring Keyboard Cat Guy, here.
These interviews were filmed during the making of VICE’s new film, Lil Bub & Friendz, directed and produced by Andy Capper and Juliette Eisner—coming soon!
Watch the teaser for Lil Bub & Friendz here.
Stay tuned for the last episode in VICE’s cat series, airing on March 13.
In 1996, Scotland’s Roslin Institute cloned the fluffiest, most adorable sheep they could find, named it Dolly, and everyone except for uptight religious people let out a collective “Awwwwww” heard round the world. It is a little-known fact that in the years following Dolly’s miraculous birth, at the end of each workday the scientists responsible for her existence would incessantly bicker about whose turn it was to take her home and cuddle with their baby. Their solution, to clone more impeccable fluffballs, resulted in hiring more scientists, and it was soon obvious that keeping up with demand would be impossible.
Last month the feud was unexpectedly resolved when VICE received a phone call from the Institute’s senior somatic-cell nuclear-transfer expert, who claimed to be “Cute Show! fan number 1!” (and who also wishes to remain anonymous). He invited us to exclusively document the unveiling of what he would only describe as “the cutest being ever created.” Of course we booked the next flight to Edinburgh.
We arrived precisely on time, and the receptionist directed our crew to wait for our mysterious host outside a door in a nearby hallway. Within minutes a man with bright orange hair and wearing a lab coat stormed down the hall holding a cat carrier. He barely acknowledged us as he rushed past and grabbed hold of the knob, flinging the door open.
“TIME TO SHUT THE FUCK UP, DICKFACES!” the scientist screamed. The room went silent as he slowly opened the cage door and gently removed a two-week-old specimen of his own invention, plainly stating, “Behold the final frontier of cute: the kuppy-cat.” As he cradled and rocked the newborn, which he introduced as Ginger (Mark II), his colleagues immediately began arguing about who’d get to hold her first. “IDIOTS!” the biologist shouted. “Do you think I’d be stupid enough to repeat this mistake? They are born in litters, duh. There’s one for each of you.” Two lab assistants entered the room, each carrying a cardboard box containing seven identical kuppy-cats. And if things continue according to plan, in the next few months you too will be able to purchase your very own kuppy-cat at the nearest pet store.
Hey, we know how much you want to believe this and watch a video about them, but kuppy-cats aren’t real. We made them up because the world needs them and hopefully some miracle worker will be inspired by reading this and create them. In the meantime, watch all of the adorableness of past episodes of the 100 percent real and huggable animals featured on The Cute Show!
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There are a lot of alarming photographs in Will Zweigart’s Gmail inbox.
“I got a couple of New Year’s Eve photos that were way off the charts. They’d probably give PETA a heart attack,” he recalled. “Literally just like, huge lines of coke and the cats near them with bottles of champagne in the background. And, of course, the requisite 20- and 50-dollar bills.”
It only makes sense that people would send Zweigart that kind of photographic material. After all, he’s the creator of Ca$hcats.biz, the Internet’s one-stop shop for pictures of cats positioned near obscene displays of wealth. But the guy has standards—he passed on that New Year’s Eve cocaine party shot.
“I wanna be considerate of the other cats out there and not encourage bad behavior among the owners,” the 33-year old Brooklynite said in the accent of his native North Carolina. “I didn’t wanna call into question whether that was actually good for the cat’s welfare or not.”
What happens when you stop time during a cartoon? Art.