Black cats are unfairly maligned, given their reputation as being bad luck. However, for Black Cat Appreciation Day, we’re listing the top seven black cats in pop culture who are working to break the stereotype with sass, song, and relentless pursuit of a certain Tweety Bird.
In this charming Disney film from the 1960’s, Scat Cat is Thomas O’Malley’s trumpet-playing, streetwise alley cat friend. It is he who sings the song “Everybody Wants to Be a Cat,” a jazzy tune that’s as catchy as Disney’s recent hit song “Let It Go.”
Who could give fan-favorite “Shrek” character Puss in Boots a run for his money–sometimes literally? That would be Kitty Softpaws, a ruthless thief voiced by Salma Hayek. She matches Puss in Boots in wit, cunning, and salsa moves.
Felix the Cat starred in silent cartoon shorts in the 1920’s with the likes of Charlie Chaplin and Cecile B. DeMille. These shorts are considered to be the pinnacle of animation by everyone from Aldous Huxley, author of “Brave New World,” to critics today.
Luna is the guardian of Usagi, the eponymous “Sailor Moon” character. Luna is very wise and gives good advice, but as Usagi is a 14-year-old girl, her advice is mostly telling her to do her homework and to not be late for school!
Thackery was once a teenage boy, but he was cursed to be an undead cat by three witches. Three hundred years after their deaths, the witches rise from the dead and Thackery uses his knowledge of the witches to help main character Max get rid of them.
Like Thackery Binks, Salem was also cursed to live as a cat for a hundred years. He bides his time by living with Sabrina and her aunts, sometimes giving advice but mostly giving sass and sarcasm, getting caught up in harebrained schemes to get rich or take over the world.
We tawt we taw a puddy tat at number one! Sylvester is famous for his wacky attempts to get at Tweety Bird and for saying “Suffering succotash!” when his attempts inevitably fail. This “wile e” cat sometimes teams up with his little canary enemy, though. For instance, to play basketball with space aliens in the 1990s.
Honorable Mention: Black Cat, the Marvel universe – While not technically a black cat, the Marvel universe has a villainess named Black Cat. The alter ego of Felicia Hardy, Black Cat is known for being New York’s premiere cat burglar and Spider-Man’s ex-girlfriend. And, unlike the harmless black cats on this list, at one point in the comics, Black Cat was actually cursed to cause people bad luck!