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Henri The Existential Cat Does Not Like Halloween
October 31, 2013
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Let's be honest: not everyone loves Halloween.

But not many people can express that dislike with the wit and existential ennui of Henri.

In fact, maybe no person could do it. It's clearly a job for a very depressed cat.

In 'Henri 4, L'Haunting' - the fourth video from filmmaker Will Braden starring Henri, Le Chat Noir - Henri rails against the "banal symbols" and "meaningless decorations" of Halloween, and points out that a human dressing up a spaceman is only proving Albert Camus right.

The idea for the Henri videos, which have generated more than 8 million views so far, first came to Braden back in 2006 when he was a student at the Seattle Film Institute.

He had to create a class assignment, and decided that his cat Henry (the actor's real name) would make a great star.

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He wrote, shot, and edited the original film in 11 days, but he never expected it to become an internet sensation.

"I thought only film students would see it. YouTube just came out and something like this going viral wasn't expected," he told ABC News.

At this point, Braden is doing pretty well helping Henry express his darkest thoughts. He's selling Henri merchandise through his website, and has plans for more videos in the future.

He probably won't run out of material. As Henri knows, the list of things to be existentially miserable about is practically endless.

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