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Dear Kitten: Super-Cute Cat Commercial Will Crack You Up, It Doesn’t Even Matter What It’s Selling

Dear Kitten

“Dear Kitten,” a brilliant new advertisement that feels more like a hysterically funny short film, already some Twitter users calling it the greatest commercial ever. Okay, so Twitter users are given to a touch of hyperbole every so often. But if this commercial isn’t the greatest ever, well, we rank it as an instant classic at the very least.

And we’re not alone. released by pet food mega-manufacturer Purina on Thursday, “Dear Kitten” has already rolled up about 2.4 million YouTube views and spawned its own Twitter hashtag, #dearkitten. If you haven’t seen the video, watch it, above, and you’ll understand why.

If you have seen it, you’ll want to watch it again — maybe even non-cat-people will appreciate this clever slice of wry humor. But if you are a cat person, or have ever served as human companion to a fine feline friend, you’ll appreciate this one.

The premise is pretty simple. There’s a new kitten in the house, and the older cat in residence wants to impart its wisdom to the younger kitty, to make its transition to its new home just a bit easier.

The narration is performed by online comedian and artist Hosea Jan “Ze” Frank, who became internet-famous more than a decade ago when his personal site won a Webby Award and was featured in a Time Magazine list of the “50 Coolest Websites.” Frank now serves as an executive vice president at the site Buzzfeed.

In this video, the elder cat — voiced by Ze Frank — warns the new kitten of the unsavoriness of dry cat food (“they’re training us to be astronauts”) and of the dreaded monster “Vah-KOOM” who eats and screams at the same time.

Check out the video and see if this isn’t the best cat commercial you’ve ever seen. We’re pretty sure you’ll want to watch it more than once.

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23 Responses to “Dear Kitten: Super-Cute Cat Commercial Will Crack You Up, It Doesn’t Even Matter What It’s Selling”

  1. Anonymous

    If you liked this head on over to youtube and watch "Ze” Frank's Sad Cat and Sad Dog Diaries; you'll fall off your chairs laughing.

  2. Anonymous

    How absolutely intelligently beautiful. More please! (p.s. I have 9 kittens and 4 adults so I KNOW !)

  3. Louise Mccloud

    How can this commercial loose, you have adorable animals and a baby, you can't forget Friskies, you associate the brand name with the cats and that gorgeous baby, this is a winning combination.

  4. Anonymous

    Love it!!! Any one who has ever had a cat or kitten can relate to this I think!!

  5. Cheryl Kaplan

    Right after watching this video, had to go over to my cat and do a TWO HANDED pet. Last night, she actually had four human hands caressing her. She was in heaven!

  6. Anonymous

    that guy is so funny,,,,, true facts is the best thing on youtube…

  7. Jim Pappas

    OMG. "Training to be astronauts" . . . OMG . . . this was truly inspired. Too bad Friskies sucks. My cat won't eat it.

  8. Jim Pappas

    Remember the "Kitty Salmon" ads where the cartoon cat eventually lands, face first, in a bowl of cat food? That was my favorite, until now.

  9. Gary Green

    Funny. But I would not feed my kittens cheap food.

  10. Lyn Haslam

    Henri should be doing this commercial…but he won't.

  11. Deborah Krause

    it was a cute commercial but I wouldn't call it the BEST ever. I'm curious though as to how they got my cat Sketch's feeding bowl to use in the commercial….I never noticed it was gone at any time LOL

  12. Linda Landowski

    Very Sweet, enjoyable commercial. I love it! My cats are my best medicine! When I had Triple Negative Breast Cancer all 13 of my cats were my Best medicine! When I couldn't afford Emend, a Anti nausea med. 3 pills were $448.00! So Since my husband lost his job and we have no income. I went without needful meds. My one cat made the throw up sounds for me! She also laid in the cold bathroom floor as I was ill! She never left my side for the 12 days I'd be bedridden. My Cat nurses were amazing. Cats are such great healers! We think we help cats. But really they help us! :)

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