“Je suis un chat noir.” Henri the existential cat made his YouTube debut on Could 24, 2007, and shortly grew to become an Web sensation. He and Will Braden, aka “the thieving filmmaker,” would go on to make 17 brief movies collectively.

We’re très désolé to report that YouTube cat-video sensation Henri, le Chat Noir has died on the ripe outdated age of 17. His collaborator Will Braden, aka the “thieving filmmaker,” introduced Henry’s passing in a transferring Fb put up. Apparently, Henri had a deteriorating spinal situation and had been rendered largely motionless in consequence. Regardless of the pandemic, a neighborhood vet made a house go to to “assist him cross peacefully, surrounded by people who beloved him,” Braden wrote.

Henri (née Henry) was not truly Braden’s cat; the Fb put up identifies Braden’s mom as Henri’s real-life caretaker. Henri lived in an undisclosed location in Seattle’s North Finish, largely oblivious to his on-line movie star. He was a rescue cat, adopted from a neighborhood animal shelter as a kitten, who shared his dwelling house with a second white cat, recognized to his followers as ‘l’Imbecile Blanc,” who survives him. Whereas a pupil on the Seattle Movie Institute, Braden famous Henri’s “regal presence and distinguished persona,” and ne featured the cat in a brief movie for sophistication. The video hit YouTube on Could 24, 2007, and Henri’s existential musings quickly started successful enthusiastic followers.

It was the 2012 sequel (embedded beneath), Henri 2: Paws de Deux, that went really viral and turned Henri into an Web movie star, with many declaring it to be one of the best cat video on the Web. Certainly, the brief movie gained the Golden Kitty Award on the Walker Artwork Middle’s Web Cat Video Competition. Henri gave a suitably world-weary assertion on his win through Braden: “That I’ve obtained this golden, smiling idol for a movie documenting my metaphysical torment speaks volumes concerning the religious void of humanity. Shiny and meaningless, life marches on.”

Braden and Henri went on to make a complete of 17 brief movies collectively. Braden wrote the scripts and his mom, who’s fluent in French, assisted with the translations. Who can neglect Henri’s journey to the vet, or Henri 5: The Worst Noel, or his grumpy feline musings on politics and literature? Kibble-manufacturer Friskies commissioned 4 brief movies on “cat meals boredom” as a YouTube viral advertising marketing campaign, and Braden revealed two books that includes the angst-filled feline. Henri formally “retired” from his movie profession in 2018, introduced in Henri 11: Oh, Revoir.

Braden additionally provided some ideas on the key of Henri’s broad enchantment in his Fb tribute:

I all the time famous how little Henry had in frequent with the angst-filled character he portrayed. He was a good-natured and pleased cat, and so far as I might inform, by no means suffered a single existential disaster throughout his life. However because the years went on, I began to appreciate that it was his imperious stare and the the Aristocracy behind his eyes that made Henri work, greater than my horrible French and pedestrian piano enjoying. Nobody had an issue instantly accepting that this cat was a deep-thinking thinker. Possibly he truly was. He additionally favored chin scratches.

Regardless of his grief, Braden is planning a video tribute to Henri (and Henry) for subsequent yr’s Web Cat Video Competition. “I do know that listening to this unhappy information will probably be troublesome,” Braden wrote on Fb. “However keep in mind that Henri lives on in your reminiscences in addition to ours, and within the amusement he delivered to all of you. The foremost purpose was all the time to make folks snigger! I’d encourage all of you to share your favourite Henri video or quote as we speak, as a result of everybody wants a superb snigger now greater than ever.”

Farewell, our beloved Henri, le Chat Noir. The Web by no means forgets.

“I’m surrounded by morons.” Henri 2, Paw de Deux was launched in 2012 and gained the Golden Kitty Award for greatest cat video on the Web on the Walker Artwork Middle’s Web Cat Video Competition.

Itemizing picture by Henri, le Chat Noir/Fb

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