Did you know we’re on yet another cool party? We are talking about the Lunar New Year, which marks the beginning of the year according to the lunar calendar. It is celebrated in different countries and this year we will (again) welcome the New Year on January 22! Each year has a different symbol, which can vary between cultures. For example, in the Vietnamese zodiac, 2023 will be the year of the cat. According to the Chinese horoscope, the “ruler” of 2023 is the Black Water Rabbit (or the Black Cat, since it is a double sign). So, in honor of such a great holiday, let’s talk about her symbol!
Cats are considered the most mysterious animals on this planet. There are many legends, myths and superstitions related to our furry friends, especially black cats, which have unfortunately and unwittingly become a harbinger of bad luck. But those of us who own black cats know that nothing could be further from the truth! Cats also make the best characters in movies or animated films (see: Garfield, Cheshire Cat, Puss in Boots, etc.). Today we’re going to pay tribute to all of the amazing black cats in film and TV and prove they’re not bad luck!
1. Salem Saberhagen (“Sabrina the Teenage Witch”)
If you’re a 90s kid who uses sarcasm on a daily basis now, chances are Salem is your favorite character. The famous cat from “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” was actually a 500-year-old wizard, who was doomed to spend another century as a cat. He never failed to impress with the best jokes and sarcastic comebacks, and always gave sage advice to Sabrina, as well as her two aunts. Even though the show ended years ago, people still love using memes with Salem and his hilarious stunt doubles.
2. The cat (Coraline)
Who wouldn’t want to have a four-legged friend as loyal as Coraline? The cat wasn’t the main character in the story, but he definitely stole the show. Even though the cat couldn’t speak in the real world (unlike the other world), he certainly knew how to make his point and keep Coraline from facing another danger. And he, like Salem, was a ball of sarcasm. Maybe it’s a common thing for all black cats?
3. Binx Hacker (Hocus Pocus)
Thackery was an ordinary 17th century boy who was turned into an immortal cat by the mean (but awesome) Sanderson sisters. He spent his countless days guarding the witch house, making sure no one lit the black flame candle. When modern-day kids Max, Dani, and Allison lit the candle, Binx did whatever it took to help the friends defeat the sisters. At the end of the film, his soul leaves the body of the cat and finally finds his sister. Such a bittersweet moment!
4. Lucifer (Cinderella)
Every evil queen needs to have her even meaner cat – or so we learned from Cinderella. Despite being super lazy, he always helped Lady Tremaine with her evil plans. So even though he was an antagonist, we can give him credit for his loyalty. If Lucifer were a real cat, we’re sure he’d be winning over the internet with his fluffy tail, grumpy face, spoiled attitude, and plenty of mischief.
5. Jiji (Kiki’s Delivery Service)
And the prize for the cutest black cat on the list goes to Jiji. Studio Ghibli’s talking cat has successfully rocked its cliched role of being the quintessential young witch’s sidekick. Do you remember the sweet scene where Jiji sees a cup with the image of a black cat on it? Oh ! At the end of the film, Jiji stops talking, which is still a pretty big mystery for fans. According to Hayao Miyazakithe film’s creator, the young witch and her pet lose their ability to communicate because Kiki grows up and no longer needs her “other self” to rely on.
6. Isis (“Star Trek”)
The most famous cat in a space (before Goose the Flerken) was actually a shapeshifter. Isis accompanied Gary Seven to Earth, and these two seemed to have a telepathic connection, being able to communicate without words. Isis could also transform into a human but never spoke as such.
7. Felix the Cat
Felix is the oldest character on our list, as he was created in 1919 during the silent film era. He was the first fully realized animal in the history of American motion picture animation, isn’t that cool? It is one of the most popular and recognized animated cats in pop culture. people still make movies, cartoons, comics, and computer games with Felix as the main character. Hats off to the oldest black cat!
8. Luna (“Sailor Moon”)
Remember when we all dreamed of becoming a Sailor Guardian, wearing fancy clothes and having a magical talking cat? Luna is the most iconic cat in anime history, as she has a golden moon on her forehead, which looks absolutely fierce! She was the mentor of Sailor Moon and other Sailor Guardians. Besides talking, his power was to summon different objects out of thin air. This super power would be useful to us in our daily life, wouldn’t it?