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Major General Whiskers-Original by TheRyanFord Major General Whiskers-Original by TheRyanFord
For April Fools 2012, we at deviantART put on a prank at a scale we've never done in the past. The whole site was taken over by cats, a militant brigade calling themselves the Feline UpRising (FUR).

The idea of a cat takeover belongs to $Ayame-Kenoshi, but it was through a few discussions together that we decided to turn it away from the standard "cute internet meme cats" and more towards an actual feline revolution, of sorts.

Originally, Major General Whiskers was actually Admiral Whiskers, but of course we realized that no cat would command a naval force, so we switched it over to a title more befitting of a land predator.

The inspiration for this illustration as well as the other Cat Propaganda illustrations was drawn from propaganda of the past. Our familiarity with propaganda is drawn from old posters we've all seen: from WW2 and from Communist Russia and China. We also knew we wanted the cats to be "evil" in some way, which is why we drew more from "evil" propaganda imagery rather than, say, American or English propaganda.

The model for Whiskers, here, was $JaxBnice's cat, Lola. If you look through her gallery you'll find plenty of images of Lola, too.
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:icondalicris:
Dalicris Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Private Mittens, reporting for duty, SIR!
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:icontheaftherion:
TheAftherion Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist
Is there any comic or something about this?
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:iconrobert64dd:
Robert64dd Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Student General Artist
I'll never sell my soul for you I can fight you General whisker s!
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:iconsporefan11:
Sporefan11 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
Cute and evil. Just perfect
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:iconsllent:
SlLENT Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
What about dogs.
I like dogs better.
How about, 'General Woofers'.
This year, it should be 'General Woofers' vs. 'General Whiskers'.
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:iconfalsebritish:
FalseBritish Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Perfect
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:icongabyamaris:
gabyamaris Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
nice
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:iconskaninavia:
Skaninavia Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I hope thay do this next april fools day :)
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:iconraygirlvocaloid40:
RaygirlVocaloid40 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
These were EVERYWHERE when I was on XD
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:iconmonkeymind8:
Monkeymind8 Featured By Owner May 14, 2012
yes he can!
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:iconsnowywarrior:
Snowywarrior Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Major General Whiskers is totes hot.
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:icontillerthetimberwolf:
TillerTheTimberWolf Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
Somehow i feel that if I were to mention that General Whiskers is a "furry", MANY people who didn't think of it that way before, that were formerly for the april fools campaign, would "magically" be turned against it.

oops,

i mentioned it :)
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:iconsllent:
SlLENT Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
I'm a furry,
I'd go with this 'General Whiskers' thing if it were a dog.
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:iconangelcrusher:
AngelCrusher Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Cool, but what happened on April Fools? I missed it. :(
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:icontheryanford:
TheRyanFord Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Everything happened.
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:iconangelcrusher:
AngelCrusher Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I dont believe you...:paranoid:
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:iconsaraeia:
Saraeia Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Student Artist
Very Nice
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:iconmartinsilvertant:
MartinSilvertant Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
Really well illustrated. All I'm missing is a reference to "der Führer" as 'der furier' or something like that, or is that too political and/or dark?

In any case, I can't say I completely understood or appreciated the campaign, but I like the art here and the technology which made these link icons to the campaign page appear in my gallery. I thought the campaign page looked amazing but I was confused by it all because I didn't get the message. I only now realize it was an April fool's joke anyway so it doesn't matter if the message is lost on me.
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:icontheryanford:
TheRyanFord Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Although the imagery was heavily influenced by both nazi and communist poster styles, we didn't want to make it TOO referential in its communication.
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:iconzenx007:
zenx007 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012
I shall get you YET, Whiskers!:shakefist:
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:iconebe246:
EBE246 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
YAAAAAAAAAAY. YAY GENERAL WHISKERS. Then whiskers walks out on a nice carpet, meow.
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:iconaperdesign:
AperDesign Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
Very nice Job
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:iconcegeeart:
CegeeART Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
He most certainly CAN has :)
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:icontjverhagen:
TJverhagen Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
Loved the prank, very nicely done.

And Major General Whiskers is hilarious.. and scary.
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:iconalexandrasalas:
alexandrasalas Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This is by far my favourite of all the posters you made.
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:iconelgato-peralta:
ELGATO-PERALTA Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing , That was a nice prank , Loved the prank , It was a really cool 1 April . ELGATO PERALTA = THE CAT PLAYFUL
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:iconart4aguilera:
Art4aguilera Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Student Artist
Because of that event I now have a deep hatred for cats... I don't trust my kitties anymore.
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:icontyki-of-arkham:
Tyki-of-Arkham Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Student General Artist
FIRE THE FURBALLS AT ONCE!!
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:iconlovesatellite:
LoveSatellite Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Long live Whiskers.
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:iconpunkosteam:
PunkoSteam Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
He would be the most adorable overlord.
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:iconmadamsteamfunk:
MadamSteamfunk Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Student Photographer
When I saw this in my messages, I spent a minute moving my mouse over it to make it go away haha.
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:iconstreneck:
Streneck Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
same here, this really freak me out :lol:
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:iconstaramarianqueen:
StaramarianQueen Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
Personally, I didn't like the joke. I originally thought someone had hacked my account and replaced my art with these stupid posters, and when I found out it was a joke, it started getting really annoying to find several of my best artworks changed to these stupid cats. Then I remembered that it was April Fools and I logged off dA. I am never a fan of dA on April Fools.
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:iconnatashaislegit:
natashaislegit Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
can i haz a print of this?
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:icontheryanford:
TheRyanFord Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Pat can probably pick one up for you.
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:icontessi-the-terrible:
Tessi-the-Terrible Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I thought that it was one of the "Mandatory Cat Education" things before I put my mouse on it. XD
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:iconkrazzulimaii:
Krazzulimaii Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
XD I moused over it, waiting for the pic to change
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:iconespell:
Espell Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
same XD
glad to know i wasnt the only one
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:iconrotane:
rotane Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012   General Artist
It was a reall cool April Fools! :kitty:
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:iconreiiz:
reiiz Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing! :+fav:
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:iconpurpelblur:
PurpelBlur Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
This would be cool to have as a print.
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:iconbillmeahan:
BillMeahan Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Loved the prank! Had fun playing along with it.
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:iconjclay251:
Jclay251 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012   Digital Artist
That was a nice prank. ^^ Evil cat~! xD
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:iconnexteddy93:
NextEddy93 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Really cool poster!
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