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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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  • 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.
    • "10/20/1984" is a damn-near perfect remake of the famous "In the Air Tonight" scene from the pilot of Miami Vice, only with Garfield and Odie in place of Crockett and Tubbs. The sheer accuracy of the recreation is downright stunning - right down to the shirt Jon wears being identical to that of Crockett's wife in the actual episode.
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: Late in the "Sex Survey Results" video, a spooky-voiced personification of Monday comes calling as Garfield answers the door, with the words "My name's Monday, and I've had you... once... every week." Garfield actually sounds spooked as he responds, the only time in the entire four-hour-plus video he sounds anything but bored or annoyed.
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  • 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.
  • Bedlam House: The setting of the 08/14/1986 episode, with Garfield as the head doctor and Jon Arbuckle as the patient.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • The two ofuda on the wall in the Japanese bathhouse in 02/26/2003. The one on the left reads "Sexy Shampoo Showdown," while the one on the right reads "Lasagna Cat."
  • 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.
  • Captain Obvious:
    • "There was a cake in the oven and Garfield ate it before it rose" in 09/15/2006.
    • 'GARFIELD IS ON A DIET', 'HE ATE A PURSE', 'YOU CANNOT EAT A PURSE', and 'A PURSE IS NOT FOOD' in 06/15/2007.
  • The Cameo: Several in the Sex Survey Results:
  • Couch Gag: The photo of Jim Davis at the end always appears in some shape or form.
  • Damned by Faint Praise:
    • The critic reviews at the end of 05/22/1980 form a running gag based on this.
    • 06/08/2001 has a number of dogs going to Heaven because they "never molested children", except for one guy, who "only molested one child."
  • Darker and Edgier:
    • This is played for laughs in 04/08/1998, which incongruously mashes a Garfield strip up with the music video for "Head Like a Hole" by Nine Inch Nails. It includes images of Garfield and Jon in goth fashion as well as a random appearance of crows, and the Jim Davis photo is altered (very roughly) with goth makeup and his smile inverted.
  • 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.
  • Your Head A-Splode: Happens to Jon Arbuckle in the 11/19/1979 video.
  • Zeerust: The basic premise of the Jim Davis tribute in 07/20/2000.

 
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