Marc Antony, a bulldog, thinking carefully with the kitten "Pussyfoot" in his hand from Looney Tunes.

Marc Antony Thinking Pose

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Marc Antony Thinking Pose, also known as Marc Antony and Pussyfoot, refers to a series of memes in which characters from various franchises are edited into a scene from the Looney Tunes Merrie Melodies short "Kiss me Cat," where the dog "Marc Antony" is seen holding the kitten "Pussyfoot" in his fist while thinking. This pose was an inspiration for many fan artists, who redrew it to fit similar big guy and smol guy relationships from other pop culture references.

Origin

The original clip that the meme is pulled from is seen during the animated short "Kiss me Cat," a sequel to 1952's "Feed the Kitty," which was first aired on February 21st, 1953.[1] It featured Marc Antony, a violent bulldog, who became softened over his encounter with the kitten Pussyfoot. In a scene (featured below) during one of several attempts to teach her to hunt mice, Marc Antony is displayed in a humanoid thinking pose, akin to the modern Thinking Emoji, while holding Pussyfoot in his left fist and petting her with his thumb.



Although the exact first example of this scene being redrawn is unknown, one of the oldest recorded occurrences was posted on March 23rd, 2016, by Tumblr[2] user Amaet who uploaded a fanart of Yellow Diamond from Steven Universe holding her Pearl. This fan art (shown below) accumulated more than 20,000 notes in the span of four years.



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On June 22nd, 2016, another Tumblr user by the pseudonym Ribonnista created their own version of the GIF featuring Roadhog and Junkrat from Overwatch. This account has since then been deactivated, but the re-upload on their new Tumblr[3] account (seen below, left) accumulated over 14,000 notes in four years. On June 14th, 2018, in celebration of Ridley’s arrival among the Super Smash Bros Ultimate roster, Twitter[4] user 90’s Flume published a fanart of Ridley holding Pichu in his hand, accumulating more than 14,700 likes and 5,000 retweets in two years (seen below, right).



On November 2nd, 2018, Twitter[5] user spiderdonuts posted another version featuring characters from the game Deltarune edited into the scene (shown below, left), receiving over 2,800 likes and 1,000 retweets in roughly two years. On February 25th, 2020, Twitter[6] user RadFeenix tweeted a variant referencing Doomguy and Isabelle (shown below, right), receiving 283 likes and 68 retweets in roughly seven months.


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Triplem
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Another "Why hadn't this had an entry yet" work at bay.
Unfortunately, it's gonna be near-impossible to link to a good relevant source video this time, since Warner Bros. has decided to paywall their most famous shorts, to the point where I has to spend half an hour just to verify which animated short the scene originated from.
My next step is to find enough popular instances to implement into the article. There should be some, as the scene has been redrawn a significant number of times. Any help to provide popular external instances is welcome, as if the KnowYourMeme tags are anything to be trusted people usually think the scene is from Feed the Kitty, and googling "Kiss me Cat meme" brings the kind of pictures you'd expect. The fact that there is no formal name for this meme as of yet certainly doesn't help at all.

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