Hello Kitty is a Cat, Right? Wrong, Says Her Creator

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First off, no, she's a freaking cat.

Second, she lives in London! Bollox, where's the anthro-staffys that lives next door and torment the neighborhood with their domestic disputes, shitty music and excessive amounts of puppies.

I know why this statement was made. And no, it has nothing to do with that exhibit, not really.
People, meet 'Musti'.
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This is Musti. A white cat from Belgium, Flanders to be exact. Created by Ray Goossens in 1945. It's spanned an entire franchise spanning decades, making his first tv appearance in 1968. (Hello kitty wouldn't exist until 1974) There are also children's books, games, and a ton of merchandise.

He's a pretty big deal in Belgium and the Netherlands to a lesser extent.
The problem here, though, is that recently many people have started to see the uncanny resemblance between our Musti and the Japanese kitty Howaito.

The people holding the Musti licence doesn't seem to care all that much, but since the Japanese company Sanrio caught wind of the Musti character (most likely because Kitty IS just a Japanese gender-swap) and seem to be scared to get their pants sues off.

With this 'it's not a cat' excuse, they're kind of in the clear on the whole copyright issue, seeing how kitty is not even a cat. (Big companies can bullshit their way out of everything.)

So, is she supposed to be wearing a costume or some kind of horribly affected mutant?
As for Mickey Mouse... well, I always thought it was strange that Goofy (an anthropomorphic dog) owns Pluto (a dog). They even have the same type of nose/face structure! Is Pluto actually a human being dressing as a dog and living in some sort of sadomasochistic gay relationship with his master Goofy?

But wouldn't that make Howard the Duck not a Duck?

/Mindblown.

... how are people confused about it?

she is a cat, a sapient, anthropomorphic cat in the same way mickey is an anthropomorphic mouse. not a regular, non-anthropomorphic cat.

Kafka Robert Crumb Furries up in this shit.

Is her creator high? Is she actually a lovecraftian monster that shall sing the ode which will end humanity? Or is she a dancer?

I don't get it. Is there a joke? I think my very existence is unraveling. Somebody help me.

...Oh, wait, she's an anthropomorphic cat.

Will she still end the world?

LazyAza:
I believe he's simply stating that he views the character more as a "person" than an "animal".

While its probably not the best comparison, similar logic is used by the furry community with regards to how they view anthropomorphized animals / humanoids with non-human features. Its not about specifically categorizing something as it is having a more respectful attitude to a type of character that is more than just a simple animal. Referring to hello kitty as "a cat" can indeed be interpreted as someone saying "she's not a person".

I mean this all crazy semantics surrounding fictional mumbo jumbo but eh its very common for creators to be very attached to their creations - real or not to the point of taking issue with these kinds of things.

Although if we ever do come across aliens and they happen to basically be furries well then, this all becomes borderline racism haha.

May even be a translation issue, words don't map 1:1 from one language to another, especially when they're as disparate as Japanese and English.

Sounds like a bit of misunderstanding but still amusing as hell to read this thread. I shouldn't be laughing this much at work

Ceci n'est pas un chat

Though 'logically' she's not a cat... if you name somebody who looks similar to a cat, "Kitty", you're pretty much influencing pop-cultural belief to consider that she's a fucking cat.

keniakittykat:
I know why this statement was made. And no, it has nothing to do with that exhibit, not really.
People, meet 'Musti'.
image

This is Musti. A white cat from Belgium, Flanders to be exact. Created by Ray Goossens in 1945. It's spanned an entire franchise spanning decades, making his first tv appearance in 1968. (Hello kitty wouldn't exist until 1974) There are also children's books, games, and a ton of merchandise.

He's a pretty big deal in Belgium and the Netherlands to a lesser extent.
The problem here, though, is that recently many people have started to see the uncanny resemblance between our Musti and the Japanese kitty Howaito.

The people holding the Musti licence doesn't seem to care all that much, but since the Japanese company Sanrio caught wind of the Musti character (most likely because Kitty IS just a Japanese gender-swap) and seem to be scared to get their pants sues off.

With this 'it's not a cat' excuse, they're kind of in the clear on the whole copyright issue, seeing how kitty is not even a cat. (Big companies can bullshit their way out of everything.)

Holy shit. We need to play cupid and get these two out on a date.

Oh wait, she's not a cat :(

Racecarlock:
Someone used the wrong hair in a polyjuice potion, I see.

Oh god, I even hear the post in Hermione's voice... the condescension oozes...

Hello Kitty IS a cat....
Whoever said what this article is quoting is a moron.

Well... this seems as good a time as any to reveal my own terrible secret.
I'm not really a human. I'm actually a cat. I just happen to look exactly like a human. It's just my art style.

Kenbo Slice:

MrMixelPixel:
Authoritative intent at its worst! The creator has gone mad. She's a cat. Hello Kitty is a cat.

What if he did this on purpose? Just to fuck with people for shits and giggles?

more like - publicity stunt. i never knew who creator is before this article - so it worked too!

I would think that Sanrio would be spending too much of their time counting money to do something this stupid.

Think of the implications.

Hello Kitty is not a cat?

Maybe Mickey Mouse is not a mouse.

Or Bugs Bunny is not a rassa-frattin rabbit.

And maybe cartoon characters...

aren't real.

She's a little girl who's a cat, not an animal who's a cat.

Subtle difference.

This article is another example for me of why The Escapist is only steps away from being BuzzFeed.

Steven Bogos:
Hello Kitty is a Cat, Right? Wrong, Says Her Creator

Indeed, if you check out Kitty's official profile page, you'll see that not only is she human...

Where does it actually say that she's human on the profile page? Did you actually read the profile page before you wrote that as a fact?

Source: The L.A Times via Rocket News 24

You cited Rocket News 24 as a source, but did you read anything from that article? I would guess not as it stands in opposition trying to explain how information from Sanrio was misunderstood. "We never said she was a human" and how Hello Kitty is a gijinka completely nullifies what you wrote.

The Escapist, if it cares about credible, should feel bad for allowing this to be posted.

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