Before "Grumpy Cat" or "I Can Has Cheezburger," there was the 1901 short film The Sick Kitten that started it all. Directed by George Albert Smith, who many consider to be a pioneer of modern film, the 34-second-long piece tells the story of two young children giving medicine to a kitten who has fallen ill.
The Sick Kitten offers us a fascinating glimpse into what early cinema looked like. In 1901, motion pictures had only been around for a few years, and artists like Smith were shaping the future of the industry with their innovative techniques. In fact, Smith was one of the first directors to use close-up shots, an example of which can be seen when the kitten is eating its "medicine." This film proves that after 114 years, audiences are still just as in love with cat videos as they were back then.