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Sanrio says Hello Kitty is not cat but girl: report

August 28, 2014

Hello Kitty is not a cat but a little girl who has a pet cat of her own, named Charmmy Kitty, The Los Angeles Times recently reported, causing a stir in Western media over the seemingly little-known details of the popular Sanrio Co. character.

Christine Yano, who serves as curator for an upcoming Kitty art retrospective at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, was corrected by Sanrio "very firmly" when she described the character as a cat, according to the Times' online article dated Tuesday.

"That's one correction Sanrio made for my script for the show," the University of Hawaii anthropologist said in the report. "Hello Kitty is not a cat. She's a cartoon character. She is a little girl...She walks and sits like a two-legged creature," she added.

A Sanrio representative in Tokyo said Kitty is a "one-hundred percent personified character" using a cat as a motif, but that fans are free to see her in ways they like.

Snoopy, another famous cartoon character, joined the fray, tweeting on its official account, "We can confirm, Snoopy IS a dog."

An exhibition marking the 40th anniversary of the character's creation, titled "Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty," will open at the U.S. museum on Oct. 11.

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Source: Japan Economic Newswire

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