Nothing screams “Christmas movie” like a grouchy feline, telepathy and awkward vocal dubbing. Sour-faced internet meme Grumpy Cat (née Tardar Sauce) will star in her own holiday-themed Lifetime movie, Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever, which airs November 29th at 8 p.m. EST. And in the newly released trailer, fans get a glimpse into the kitty’s yuletide shenanigans – which include detonating explosives, unloading a cat-sized paintball gun and being generally pissed off at anything Christmas-related.
The film focuses on the unlikely bond between Grumpy Cat and a 12-year-old named Chrystal, who realizes she can hear the feline’s voice after making a wish to “meet a friend on whom she can depend.” Grumpy – confined to a lonely pet store life and frequently dismissed by customers because of her looks – is taken home by Chrystal, leading to a number of quirky misadventures. Grumpy, at one point, according to the plot description on Lifetime’s website, “reluctantly thwarts the kidnapping of an expensive exotic dog she can’t stand and rescues Chrystal after the mall closes on Christmas Eve.” Excellent.
Grumpy Cat is voiced by Aubrey Plaza – a fitting choice considering the actress’ most famous role as deadpan Pawnee resident April Ludgate on the NBC comedy Parks and Recreation. While the casting joke only works if you understand the context, Plaza still brings the appropriate amount of “don’t give a shit” in the trailer, firing off sassy retorts (“No,” “fail”) in response to holiday concepts like “goodwill” and “peace to all.”
Though she’s probably annoyed by the hectic schedule, Grumpy’s had a productive year. This past summer, the two-year-old dropped her debut album alongside fellow celebrity felines Hamilton the Hipster Cat and Oskar the Blind Cat. She also made time to write a book, The Grumpy Guide to Life: Observations by Grumpy Cat, and even swung by the Rolling Stone offices to promote the magazine’s Lana Del Rey cover.