Fictional Cats

Cutest collection of cuddly cartoon characters bring shopping malls' summer campaigns to life

You've got to hand it to cuteness: it does sell. A string of shopping malls across the city have adopted cute cartoon characters for their summer campaigns, which feature shopping privileges, novelty souvenirs and in-store decorations.

Friday, 13 July, 2012, 12:00am

Hello Kitty packs her bags for China

At the age of 37, Hello Kitty is losing her cool in her home market of Japan.

However, the mouthless cartoon cat with a red bow is still popular among the youth in China, where Hello Kitty branding opportunities abound.

27 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Puss in Boots (Film)

Puss, the scene-stealing feline of the hugely successful Shrek series, is back in a 3D animated spin-off. With his musketeer boots and pleading saucer eyes, he's now a star in his own right.

3 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

End the cult of cuteness with Mr Men

It's never a good idea when your company's sales rely too much on a single product. And when that product, however popular, is in its fourth decade, you are tempting fate. That's the situation in which Sanrio, the Japanese children's cartoon powerhouse, finds itself when its biggest star, Hello Kitty, accounts for 80 per cent of overseas revenue and 60 per cent domestically.

13 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Bling-bling Hello Kitty goodies steal the show at Swarovski party

What's not to love about Hello Kitty? Everything seemed lovable about the Japanese cartoon character at a packed launch party in the Four Season's ballroom.

Crystal brand Swarovski launched a collection of bling-bling Kitty goodies at the event including clutches, earrings and necklaces bearing the crystal-studded cartoon feline.

1 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

BOOK (1939)

Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats T.S. Eliot Faber and Faber

It was Ezra Pound, to whom T.S. Eliot dedicated The Wasteland, who gave him the nickname 'Old Possum'. The Wasteland remains perhaps the best known of Eliot's poems, but the light verse of Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats is almost as widely recognised.

26 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Kings of kitsch mark 50 years in business with a seasonal special

It was bound to happen. Combine Hongkongers' love for cute Japanese cartoons and kitsch mall promotions, and it's heaven for Hello Kitty fans with the approach of 2010 - the 50th anniversary for that conglomerate of cute, Sanrio.

2 Dec 2009 - 12:00am


Cats Lunchbox Theatrical Productions Lyric Theatre, HK Academy for Performing Arts. Until June 21. Reviewed: May 16

Last staged here in 1994, Andrew Lloyd Webber's 28-year-old hit musical Cats returned over the weekend as sleek and energetic as ever, showing little sign of ageing.

19 May 2009 - 12:00am

Cool for cats

Nineteen-year-old Sam Marks has performed in Cats, the musical, a couple of hundred times, but his most memorable show was last month in Singapore.

'A whole side of my wig came off during a dance number,' Marks said in a phone call from Singapore, where the Australian troupe Lunchbox Productions has been performing for three weeks.

8 May 2009 - 12:00am

Brand mew day

These modern productions are all very well', proclaims a ratty, old tom named Asparagus with disdain, midway through the musical Cats. 'But there's nothing to equal, from what I hear tell, that moment of mystery when I made history.'

3 May 2009 - 12:00am

Hello Kitty gets own makeup line - but where does the lipstick go?

Hello Kitty may not have a mouth, but she is helping to sell a lot of lipstick.

MAC, the cosmetics company, has teamed up with Sanrio and is putting out a complete Kitty makeup line this month. This is, perhaps, the ultimate exploitation of cuteness, though I have to say they look pretty cool, even to a guy.

28 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

The king of crime

This week A poem about a criminal cat that the police just cannot catch

Beware of the cat

There is something about cats that make them favourite animals for writers to write about. Cats can be mysterious. And they can be evil like the monster in Edgar Allan Poe's short story The Black Cat.

2 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Cat among the pigeons

Last week, we looked at phrases to do with man's best friend, the dog. Now let's look at the cat, another favourite friend.

Has the cat got your tongue?

Do you know the meanings of the following cat phrases?

1 There's not enough room to swing a cat

a. This space is very small

b. This place is very untidy

22 May 2008 - 12:00am

Infamous good-vibes Kitty makes a comeback to relieve your tension

Sanrio's infamous Hello Kitty shoulder massager is back. What's more, it's available in Hong Kong. Though the company says the 'tension relief' device will only be sold in Japan, enterprising types have been shipping it to the city - and it is finding its way into sex shops.

16 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Undercover agents to trawl New Year fairs for pirates

Customs official warns traders of holiday market crackdown

Stallholders at the Lunar New Year fairs will attract not just hordes of shoppers, but undercover customs officers and investigators from companies trying to safeguard their trademarks.

Two of the biggest New Year fairs will begin at Victoria Park and the Convention and Exhibition Centre this week.

12 Feb 2007 - 12:00am