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Lasagna Cat is a series of YouTube videos created by Fatal Farm. All of them follow the same formula: reenacting a Garfield strip as a live action video, and then showing a bizarre music video or "tribute to Jim Davis" usually relevant to the preceding comic, which then usually ends with the camera focusing on a mugshot of a smiling Jim Davis.

The original videos were posted in 2008. After nearly a decade of inactivity, a very short teaser was uploaded in February 2017, followed, two months later, by all 27 episodes of Season 2 (plus a promo), with possibly more to come.

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These videos contain examples of:

  • Affectionate Parody: There clearly has to be some appreciation of the strip on Fatal Farm's part given the overwhelming amount of effort and research that's gone into the series. 12/20/1996, in particular, had them looking for a strip for two weeks that had a character say the phrase "Thanks for nothing" so they could link it to the tribute, as revealed in an interview.
  • Audience Participation: In the teasers for the second season, fans were encouraged to call a phone number and answer an automated survey. It turned out that the survey only asked the caller to state two things: their name and how many sexual partners they have had throughout their life. The results were included in in the "Sex Survey Results" video.
  • Big Budget Beef-Up: The "tributes" in the second season are very different from the first, with highly elaborate studio work that is a far cry from the basic greenscreening of prior works. Some examples being 10/20/1984, 7/27/1978, and the last 5 minutes of the Sex Survey Results video.
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  • Bilingual Bonus: The girl at the end of "Sex Survey Results" speaks in untranslated Polish. When translated, it comes out to something like this:
    "This child is not mine. This child is something from the darkness. I give birth to a human curse. I can ask for grace, which I will not get. My soul will be swallowed and vomited and swallowed again. Forever. A sick joke, but no one laughs. My blood will stay. Death isn't the end. I'm in hell. This is hell.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: Some of the more recent uploads fall into this category, highlights include Odie slitting his wrists, Garfield giving an insane Jon a gory lobotomy, and a Polish woman giving birth to a stillborn baby in the toilet.
  • Brick Joke: The sex survey ends with another Jon declaring he's had two sexual partners to the Jon in the house, the natural conclusion to him declaring so in the February announcement. This is not a joke, but a sign that things are about to get nightmarishly bizarre.
  • Deconstructive Parody: The series often calls out the strip for certain things. For example, a laugh track is played at the end of every strip reenactment as if to lampshade that the joke in each isn't really that funny. Honestly, it's hard to tell whether the creators of Lasagna Cat were making an Affectionate Parody or if they hated the orignal strip, and even the end of the series (with all it's cynicism) doesn't give much of an answer.
  • Subverted Kids Show: The second season videos are a lot less family-friendly than the source material.
  • Sugar Apocalypse: In the 11/19/1979 episode, Garfield destroys the idyllic and peaceful breakfast village by accidentally sneezing on it.
  • Womb Horror: The end of "Sex Survey Results" has many nightmarish scenes, one of them being a scene of a woman giving birth into a toilet. She proclaims in Polish that she gave birth to "A human curse", and that if she asks for grace, she won't get it, only having her soul "swallowed and vomited and swallowed again". Looking into the toilet reveals the baby is wearing Jon Arbuckle's shirt.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Didactic?: Invoked and Played for Laughs with 07/27/1978, where actor John Barrymore III spends an hour analyzing a single comic strip about Garfield stealing Jon's pipe.

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