Meet Henri of YouTube Fame: View Only if You Like Cats

Will Braden is the young man who initially filmed the family cat as part of an assignment while attending film school. The project received high praise and Henri the French gatto was born. Each video is solely produced by
Will Braden.

Perhaps all or most of the viewers who are fond of cats are already familiar with Henri.

Personally I find these videos hilarious and I hope that viewers of this post will, as well.

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66 thoughts on “Meet Henri of YouTube Fame: View Only if You Like Cats

    • I’m glad you liked Henri. I think Will Braden had an ingenius idea when he made the original video for a class project while attending film school. Now his main job is making videos of Henri.

  1. I just read a true story of two dogs living during 1920 in Austria. The dogs were friends but one day one dog was lost. The owners could not understand what had happened. After a couple of weeks or so they noticed the one dog still around leaving their farm. They decided to follow the dog which led them to a mine shaft into which the lost dog had fallen into. The dog was alive and they wondered how he had survived.
    At the bottom of the shaft they found meat bones together with a puddle of rain water. It turned out the one dog had taken meat bones from the farm and dropped them down the mine-shaft to his mate. He fed his mate to keep him alive till he was rescued.

    • Thanks Gerard for the inspiring story of how smart dogs are and how they are capable of showing love and devotion to their own species and not just to show affection to their humans. I really liked reading about the story. Simply wonderful.

  2. desertrose7 says:

    That is hysterical! I really laughed hard, especially at the end!
    Very good πŸ™‚ The french speaking just made it!
    Love it!

    • Hi Tracy. Thanks commenting. I am pleased that the video was as funny to you as I. I have watched the video many times and I finally thought why not try to post it. So with Val my blogging friend of Arty Old BIrd’s help I was able to post this one. I have to agree that it was brilliant of Will Braden to think of having the cat speak as a Frenchman. πŸ™‚

  3. Henri is fabulous. Hilarious!! I sure needed that tonight. Thanks so much for posting!

    • I’m so glad that you liked Henri. I think I remember in a past comment that you have a cat. I hope I have that right. I fist saw the video of Henri over a year ago. I still think Will Braden was/is a smart guy to come up with the French cat idea. It is just purrfect.

  4. Poor Henri, so misunderstood.

    Somewhere out there in YouTube land is a female “French” cat who has a secret crush on him. It’s a cute video too.

  5. chatou11 says:

    Hi Yvonne, this cat is so lovely, he would like very much my couple of doves lol.. unfortunately I don’t know what happens with my computer, I have no sound today…
    I wish you a very good week

    • Hi Chatou. It is good to get your comment. I wish I were able to tell you what is wrong with your computer. Mine is a HP. After I log in and the screen opens up to all the icons, I go to the far right and down at the bottom I hover the coursor over those little bitty buttons like things and there is one for sound with the symbol of a speaker. Put coursor on the symbol and move the blue thing to the top. I have probably just confused you. The sound sometimes goes off on its own so you must re-adjust that little button. Do you have a neighbor that has a computer? Maybe he/she can show you.

      Yes, the cat might just try to eat the birds. However in real life he is very laid back and hardly does anything other than to sleep and eat. (I have read what Will Braden has said about Henri. I think he is about 8 years old now so he hopefully should have a good 8-12 more years to live).

  6. Val says:

    PS. This is a favourite ‘unreal’ cat of mine, aside from Henri:

    • Val, I could not stop watching these. I’ve not seen this before and had no idea these were on the Internet. I’ll keep going back to watch. The guy that created Simon is brilliant too. He has made something funny out of regular cat behavior. Of course, it is emblished to the nth degree but that is what makes Simon the cat so humorous. Thank you for viewing and commenting with these videos. ~yvonne~

  7. Val says:

    I adore Henri and am subscribed to his Facebook fan page!! So I see each new one when it arrives. He’s actually advertising catfood now (which I suppose helps pay for it all), but even the ads are hilarious.

    So glad you’re able to see Youtube videos now, Yvonne! πŸ™‚ There are so many really good ones out there (particularly of animals. I get stuck watching ones of kittens, frequently… despite my frustration at not being able to have one. But I can dream…! πŸ™‚

    • Oh, you should have told me sooner. πŸ™‚ I still don’t do Facebook and I’m not sure if I want to that. But I saw that I could subscribe and I need to go back to Yahoo. I really appreciate that you took the time to email me with the instructions. Gee I wish with all my heart that you could have a kitten too. They are so entertaining but for me after they are grown, I still find the 6 that I hand raised to be just as cute- only in a different way. πŸ™‚

  8. Thanks for sharing this!!! It’s absolutely brilliant πŸ˜€

    • Thanks Calee. I appreciate that you watched Henri. And I think the idea to use the cat sppeaking as a Frenchman and with subtitiles in English was a brilliant idea, too. The voice of the the Frenchman is actually Will Braden. If I remember correctly, it was his mother who tutored him in French so that he could do the voice of the cat. That might not be 100% correct- I’ll need to check that somehow. πŸ™‚

  9. Lottie Nevin says:

    I must have a very odd mind. As I watched this film I thought that Henri was actually the commentator for an old sick man stuck in bed, living out his last days. The sad music also possibly fuelled my imagination. I really believed that the last shot would be of the old man lying in bed staring out of the window. How wrong can you be?!

    A beautiful film Yvonne, I enjoyed watching it. Thank you πŸ˜€

    • That is too funny. I am sniggling as I write this. Were you wearing your glasses when you looked at this? Did you read the title of my post? πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Are you serious? I’ve read you comment several times and I am getting a better laugh from you than I did when I first looked at this video which was quite a while ago. πŸ™‚

      Thanks for commenting. You are hilarious.

      • Lottie Nevin says:

        I think it’s called having a wild and vivid imagination!! I’m always writing scenarios in my head. I’d love to use Henri in a film. Maybe I worked with old and sick people too long? who knows! πŸ˜€

        • Yes, I think you should use Henri in a film. That would be too funny. Did you really work in geriatrics? If so you are doubly good. Now that I am old I fear going to a nursing home. I hope to die as both my parents- suddenly and with no warning. I must outlive all my pets though. πŸ™‚

          Keep your imaginmation going I think that it is fantastic. Thanks for the reply, Lottie.

  10. Kathy says:

    No, not any more. She just emailed that she watched the video and cried, though.

    • Oh my.That has made me cry after reading your reply. I am in a huge stew with worry if I will outlive my pets. But I can not imagine life with out a pet. I don’t know about your mom-in-law’s situationn but if possible sometimes a pet brings lots of happiness. If it could be assured that a family member could take her pet if she should leave this grren earth, then a cat would be such comfort to her. Just a thought Kathy. πŸ™‚

  11. Yvonne, thanks for sharing that was brilliant. I thought the catflap bit was hilarious, I can so relate to that with my lot. However they keep head-butting it until it comes off it’s hinges, hence a newer, stronger model is shortly to be purchased πŸ™‚

    • Claire, how safe are your cats when they go outdoors? I can not let mine explore the great oudoors. Predators, vehicles and, cruel people abound. But some of mine are in a special made barn with a very strong wire enclosure. However I don’t allow access to the run unless I make a note to be sure to herd then all back inside before nightfall.

      • I live quite a way from the road so my two cats that have access to the outside don’t generally go anywhere near the road, mainly because they are ageing in years and prefer to stay more indoors of late. I did have a cat that ventured up to the road, and sadly was killed, the annoying thing about it is we probably have about 10 cars maximum a day pass our house, but when they do they drive so fast it’s ridiculous. So he was definitely very unlucky.

        We do not have any predators in Ireland, other than stray dogs. Our foxes even though could easily kill a cat will often stay well clear, I have seen my cats chase the fox so I’m not surprised πŸ™‚

        I have three indoor only cats, which we plan to build a run for them this year, so there maybe a blog spot about that.

        • Many years ago before I had a run built I lost four cats to the street that wandered from our property. My husband would let them out. I could not take anymore sadness so that is how the runs came about. I worked for nearly 35 years and I made good money so I put money into my animals and that made me happy and still does to this day. I’d have lots more savings but I spent oodles on vet bills, housing, and food. I don’t take in more cats for the past 6-7 years but some strays turned up and I have given them a hom. If one happened upon the doorstep I would take it in. I will not take an animal to the shelter. Some get adopted and some do not. It’s a good thing that you are not on a well traveled road. And the cat that was killed= well that happens. They don’t think as we’d like to believe that they do.

  12. Kathy says:

    This is great! I loved it. In fact, am going to share this with my mother-in-law who once had a cat that looked just like Henri. Thanks, Yvonne.

    • How about that Kathy? Each of us posted a video that the other blogger liked. I very much enjoyed Coulter and Jennings. In fact I’ve put that in my favorites list. Henri is he-man type of cat and exceeding handsome in my humble opinion. I bet your mother-in-law will be entertained by the video.

      Presently I have a cat that is a huge tuxedo cat like Henri. I named him Boogie and he’s in a post along with several other cats, somewhere on this blog. Note: I was a tad short of originality when coming up with Boogie’s name I haven’t the faintest idea of how that name came to mind. He’s a gentle cat and a semi-feral former stay. (trapped him as a tom cat when he came to hang out here and did not leave. Loves to eat and weighs about 15-16 pounds. Of course he was neutered soon after I trapped him. Tamed fairly quickly.

  13. I’m not a lover of cats, stems from a Tom peeing in my open suitcase full of clothes, three hours before I was due to go to the airport, but I could get to like Henri. He has a certain outlook on life that gels with me.

    • Well, Mike not all can like everthing in this world. I’ve had some cats “mark” my things as well. I just don’t leave things out that look enticing. But you wrote “TOM.” A tom cat is one that is unneutered and that is almost always the reason for bad behavior. The other is that cats like soft things, especially clothes that have our odors. The other is that an open container is appealing to them for it looks like a litter box. None the less, I would have been irate myself re: the urinating on my clothes. Too bad for you and too bad for the cat. πŸ™‚

  14. Oh I thought it was quite triste. ha! We are doing well at our French exchanges ne c’est pas?

    One of our neighbours has her parents staying at the moment, and Partner asked her if they had keys for the block (following the Friday story) and he asked in Spanish – tienen las llaves? Avez-vous las clefs, I snapped at him when he came in to tell me the story as they don’t do Spanish!

    I liked the bit about the whipped cream in the bathroom πŸ˜€

    The music was lovely.

    • Thanks fro viewing and commenting. Had to look up triste- should have known that from the context in which is was used. Depending upon one’s perspective, yes it is sad for the cat who is “withering away” just from being a house cat. On the other hand, where would he be, if he were roaming the streets? Quite an unsafe place for any homeless cat or dog. Pippa was rescued from the streets, if I am remembering correctly. Such a lucky dog to have been found or he found you and partner.

      Anyhoo, the shaving cream and not whipping cream was, as you wrote, a funny bit but as far as Henri was/is concerned, his life is but one series of cruel jokes.

      I will need to read again what Braden said about Henri. But this is some of what I remember. More or less Braden’s words: Henri is easy to photograph and is a pleasant cat to have in the household. Braden just takes advantage of the various behaviors and through observation and keeping his camera ready, he had been able to capture these expressipons of boredom, frustration and, other activities of Henri. The really funny part of it all is how Braden was/is so clever to caption the happenings. It works so well in French. πŸ™‚

      PS: I also like the music.

  15. Lynda says:

    Thank you for sharing this. I needed to laugh this morning! πŸ˜€

    • Thank you for commenting However, I troubles me that you needed a laugh. I am hoping that your little dog is not becoming sicker. Take care. You and your little dog are in my thoughts.

  16. Littlesundog says:

    I had never seen these videos of Henri! What a delightful way to begin my morning! I too, thought these videos were hilarious… and so very French! Nice post!

    • Hi, Little- Sun. I’m so glad you viewed and commented. Putting this video in French was a brilliant idea for Will Braden. So smart and now he is quite successful all because of Henri.

  17. artscottnet says:

    I had not seen this, thank you. I almost had an accident with my coffee when he said ‘they leave tasty snacks just out of reach’.. but then I amuse easily πŸ™‚

    • Thanks for commenting Scott. I agree about the tasty snacks. Will Braden is pure genius with this video. All of it is so funny but the “tasty snacks” is hilarious and I like “I alone feel the torment.” So funny. I laugh each time I look at these.

  18. sybil says:

    I have seen this before but love it.

  19. shoreacres says:

    I met him some months ago – but who cares? It’s wonderful to be reminded of his savoir-faire, and a great way to start the morning! You’re right – his videos are fun!

    • Thanks Linda. I thought as much re: previously seeing the video. I know that you are a “cat person.” I feel there is not much that you have missed via Internet and blogging. πŸ™‚

  20. penpusherpen says:

    awww!!! so many ways we taunt our cats… πŸ˜‰ .. ’tis a wonder they don’t form a protest group. Yvonne… Wonderful, funny, and true to life video… many thanks for sharing it… xPenx

    • Penny you are so right about how we taunt pour cats. But what would life be for them of we did not? After all we are spicing up their otherwise boring existence, I think. πŸ™‚ As you say, the video is quite true. Will Braden is quick witted and has a flare for comedy. I think he is a brilliant young man. Now his videos are entertaining millions of people.

    • Thank you Lou Ann. Drole is a word that I have used in conversation in the past and then (drole) was forgotten. In fact I like that word a lot. Thanks. You used drole so aptly here. Now I must not forget. πŸ™‚

  21. “I alone feel this torment” πŸ™‚

    • Yes. Steve. I think that one sentence is so funny. Since first viewing these videos by Will Braden I can apply some of his phrases/words to my own cat’s expression. Thanks for commenting.

  22. Andrew says:

    Oh Yvonne, this is brilliant. It could only work in French. Eric Ca(n)tona, the great existentialist footballer, who was on a par with Camus, might have produced this. C’est magnifique, mais ce n’est pas la guerre: c’est le chat!

    • I really like your application of French to Henri. I needed to go to Sir Google to learn the exact meaning. I knew magnifique is magnificient and chat is cat. But your usage of the entire phrase applies to Henri. “It is beautiful but it is not war. It is the cat.” I just might add your brilliance to the little blurb that proceeds the video.

      I was not sure if you would view this or not but then I remembered what you had written in some comments. You found a little street urchin and took the kitty to the vet. It was too sick to be saved. And you have written about your brother’s love for his Siamese cat/s.

      Thanks Andrew for a nice touch to this post. πŸ™‚

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