14 Facts About Krazy Kat


Krazy Kat is an American newspaper comic strip, by cartoonist George Herriman, which ran from 1913 to 1944.

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The phrase "Krazy Kat" originated there, said by the mouse by way of describing the cat.

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Krazy Kat takes place in a heavily stylized version of Coconino County, Arizona, with Herriman filling the page with caricatured flora and fauna, and rock formation landscapes typical of the Painted Desert.

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Krazy Kat's dialogue is a highly stylized argot phonetically evoking a mixture of English, French, Spanish, Yiddish and other dialects, often identified as George Herriman's own native New Orleans dialect, Yat.

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On those occasions when Ignatz is caught before he can launch his brick, Krazy Kat is left pining for the "l'il ainjil" and wonders where the beloved mouse has gone.

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Krazy Kat appears slightly less frequently than Krazy and Ignatz.

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Krazy Kat is the main character of his own short film series.

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Krazy Kat evolved from an earlier comic strip of Herriman's, The Dingbat Family, which started in June 1910 and was later renamed The Family Upstairs.

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Mintz's Krazy Kat was, like many other early 1930s cartoon characters, imitative of Mickey Mouse, and usually engaged in slapstick comic adventures with his look-alike girlfriend and loyal pet dog.

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Krazy Kat is male in this version of the strip while Ignatz is female.

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In 2004, a picture of Krazy Kat appears on the wall of the Goofy Goober bar in The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie alongside a picture of Popeye.

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Krazy Kat has continued to inspire artists and cartoonists to the present day.

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The first Krazy Kat collection, published by Henry Holt and Company in 1946, just two years after Herriman's death, gathered 200 selected strips.

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Krazy Kat is featured in the Universal Studios Florida theme park Islands of Adventure, where Ignatz is seen throwing down a brick on Krazy's head in Toon Lagoon.

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