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What the fuck.
posted by phrontist at 2:02 PM on January 14, 2008 [5 favorites]


This is so bizarre.
posted by aftermarketradio at 2:03 PM on January 14, 2008


I weep for humanity.
posted by item at 2:04 PM on January 14, 2008


I'm in pain. Pain pain pain pain pain pain pain pain.
posted by brownpau at 2:05 PM on January 14, 2008 [2 favorites]


Can the internet jump the shark?
posted by stifford at 2:05 PM on January 14, 2008 [1 favorite]


Somebody needs a new hobby.
posted by never used baby shoes at 2:05 PM on January 14, 2008


I did not expect it to be that fucking wierd.
posted by empath at 2:06 PM on January 14, 2008 [1 favorite]


Oh man. The Final Fantasy parody was hilarious.


On preview- NO WONDER- these are by Fatal Farm, who did the funny/creepy/etc remakes of classic television show intros... I'm sure it's been covered on MeFi before, but I'm failing to find a link.
posted by Dr-Baa at 2:06 PM on January 14, 2008 [2 favorites]


I used to think Garfield was the funniest thing ever when I was 11 or 12. I don't understand it now.
posted by empath at 2:06 PM on January 14, 2008


I haven't been able to get the videos to load for me, but since I notice the Fatal Farm logo going on I expect a very surreal overall experience once I do.

Now, to make quicktime stop being such a lazy bastard.
posted by Stunt at 2:07 PM on January 14, 2008


This is the most amazing thing I've ever seen, if based on nothing other than making Garfield funny again (the only reason it was funny in the first place was I was eight, I swear).

They should do Cathy next! Ack!

Also: does anyone else think Jon looks like a male Mel from Flight of the Conchords?
posted by Admiral Haddock at 2:07 PM on January 14, 2008


Pony request: a button that simultaneously favorites and flags and stops this shivering
posted by Greg Nog at 2:07 PM on January 14, 2008


WTF WTF WTF....i don't know where to begin. My stomach hurts so bad.
posted by mmascolino at 2:10 PM on January 14, 2008


Ahhh finally.

Previously.
posted by Dr-Baa at 2:11 PM on January 14, 2008 [1 favorite]


This one by far is the greatest work of art I've yet seen - though you must watch the entire thing, specifically the Alan Jackson music video.
posted by billysumday at 2:12 PM on January 14, 2008


if you visualize the internet as just little xxx's and ooo's it isn't as scary...... (but you also miss all the porn).

I would also like to suggest that, although this will probably remain, we should kill anyone who does a double of it.
posted by HuronBob at 2:13 PM on January 14, 2008


The Mary Worth ones don't make me feel sick.
posted by milkrate at 2:14 PM on January 14, 2008 [3 favorites]


this is FUCKING AWESOME.
posted by davey_darling at 2:16 PM on January 14, 2008


But...why?
posted by scrump at 2:16 PM on January 14, 2008


This stuff is great. The tribute with the Taxi theme was my fave.
posted by jefbla at 2:17 PM on January 14, 2008


I didn't want to like it, but now I love it. I want a word for this feeling.
posted by Sticherbeast at 2:18 PM on January 14, 2008


This is actually a pretty close representation of how Garfield strips play out in my head. Well, the first parts, anyway.
posted by carter at 2:18 PM on January 14, 2008


Right then, so, I was able to watch them. Yeeeaaah....I'm with HuronBob. Torches and pitchforks if this ever gets posted again. I don't think my brain could cope with seeing this again at some point in the future, and even if it could it will undo the intensive therapy I see in my future.

Also, yeah, that final fantasy one was fantastic. The skills bit at the end led to my cat thinking I'm insane. Well, more so than usual at any rate.
posted by Stunt at 2:22 PM on January 14, 2008


Holy shit!

I was about to say, finally, something to fill the void that was left behind since Permanent Monday stopped updating, but I checked and they've started updating again!!!!

Holy shit!
posted by Uther Bentrazor at 2:24 PM on January 14, 2008 [1 favorite]


Also, Sticherbeast: Substance Addiction. Although, I guess, if you want ONE word the germans probably have something that fits even better. I also desire this word; we should pool our resources and put a bounty out on it.
posted by Stunt at 2:24 PM on January 14, 2008


I can die now. Thank you.
posted by ColdChef at 2:30 PM on January 14, 2008


Well, it's a pretty weird cartoon anyway: One storyline, which ran the week before Halloween in 1989 (Oct 23 to Oct 28), is unique among Garfield strips in that it is not meant to be humorous. It depicts Garfield awakening in a future in which the house is abandoned and he no longer exists. In tone and imagery the storyline for this series of strips is very similar to the animation segment for Valse Triste from Allegro non troppo, which depicts a ghostly cat roaming around the ruins of the home it once inhabited.

There was some speculation about what these strips meant, including the possibility that Garfield was either dead or starving to death in an abandoned house, imagining future strips in a state of denial.


I know Jim Davis has denied that this was the point of the strip, but I continue to imagine that the entirety of Garfield is the deathbed dream of a starving and abandoned cat.
posted by Astro Zombie at 2:33 PM on January 14, 2008 [2 favorites]


AZ, do you have a link to the starvation storyline strips?
posted by item at 2:40 PM on January 14, 2008


The Final Fantasy parody was pure fucking genius; if you've never played the game, you'll miss out on the subtleties. I spent a good part of my childhood obsessively playing Final Fantasy IV and VI. I think that was the climax of my life, it's all downhill from here...
posted by MaryDellamorte at 2:42 PM on January 14, 2008 [3 favorites]


Ah. Never mind.
posted by item at 2:42 PM on January 14, 2008


Looks like Jim Davis got into the DMT...
posted by item at 2:43 PM on January 14, 2008 [1 favorite]


Garfieldiana!
posted by cortex at 2:43 PM on January 14, 2008


Very faithful indeed, because the originals weren't funny, either.
posted by Mikey-San at 2:45 PM on January 14, 2008


Seriously, the final fantasy thing is the gem. Specifically when Jim Davis joins the party and in the menu the little white gloved hand scrolls down to the "Skills" menu and then selects the Jim Davis character only to receive the "does not apply" buzz.
posted by shmegegge at 2:47 PM on January 14, 2008


Yes, schmegegge, that nice ending put me over the edge.
posted by MaryDellamorte at 2:52 PM on January 14, 2008


The Mary Worth one is near genius. Thanks, milkrate!

One storyline, which ran the week before Halloween in 1989 (Oct 23 to Oct 28), is unique among Garfield strips in that it is not meant to be humorous.

The author of that sentence has a much different understanding of the meaning of the word "unique" than I do.
posted by psmealey at 2:53 PM on January 14, 2008 [1 favorite]


psmealey: it's unique in the fact that it's not meant to be humorous -> nearly all Garfield strips are meant to be humorous, these are the very few that aren't.
posted by flatluigi at 2:56 PM on January 14, 2008


They managed to match the backgrounds of the strips perfectly. Such meticulous fidelity...
posted by mr_roboto at 2:56 PM on January 14, 2008


Garfield the Movie and Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties -- two modern classics of film, I tell ya'!

Oh my -- the official Garfield website.
posted by ericb at 2:58 PM on January 14, 2008


/humbled
posted by rouftop at 3:01 PM on January 14, 2008


What next? 'Garfield: The Broadway Musical' (ala 'You're a Good Man Charlie Brown: The Broadway Musical').
posted by ericb at 3:02 PM on January 14, 2008


This shit is funnel cakes.
posted by boo_radley at 3:07 PM on January 14, 2008 [1 favorite]


How can you even have a discussion of "classic" Garfield cartoons without including 8/13/80?
posted by starman at 3:07 PM on January 14, 2008 [1 favorite]


Quicktime Suck Displacement: When the content is worthless, the media streams flawlessly.
posted by Moistener at 3:12 PM on January 14, 2008


nearly all Garfield strips are meant to be humorous, these are the very few that aren't.

You mean to say that all those comics were intended to be funny?

Holy fuck!
posted by psmealey at 3:13 PM on January 14, 2008


sweet jesus.
posted by Dave Faris at 3:24 PM on January 14, 2008 [1 favorite]


Speaking as someone who once FPP'd a collection of U.S. Acres strips....

When is the supposed suck of Garfield going to stop being of interest to us? There's been several posts along these lines by now. I'm surprised people aren't complaining Garfilter....
posted by JHarris at 3:27 PM on January 14, 2008


Anyone who fails to see that these are the most brilliant and entertaining video clips available on the interwebs today has my truest and deepest sympathy.

'Read at a Lirbary.' I'll never know if that was an accident, or if it's some deeply impressive and meaningful hidden comedy... (04/20/2007 sketch)
posted by AbnerDoon at 3:30 PM on January 14, 2008


This is really great. Or bad. It's really something, at any rate. Thank you.
posted by veggieboy at 3:30 PM on January 14, 2008


The Final Fantasy one is genius, and is the first one I watched. Does any other one not end with a music video?
posted by Dr. Curare at 3:34 PM on January 14, 2008


When is the supposed suck of Garfield going to stop being of interest to us?

Garfield is mediocrity perfected—Jim Davis our Ike, the Syndicate our Wynand, Bill Watterson our Cameron and Darby Conley the young Roark and oh god I'm making a Fountainhead allegory kill me now
posted by cortex at 3:46 PM on January 14, 2008


My one and a half year old girl is loving this. She claps at the end of every one. I'll ask her if she wants to see another one and she nods so hard, she nearly falls off my lap. My child may be mentally challenged.
posted by ColdChef at 3:47 PM on January 14, 2008 [2 favorites]


I used to think Garfield was the funniest thing ever when I was 11 or 12. I don't understand it now.

I was thinking the same thing as I watched a couple of these.

The little DAVIS skills gag in the first one was mean.
posted by grouse at 3:49 PM on January 14, 2008


Fucking brilliant.
posted by eyeballkid at 4:28 PM on January 14, 2008


In the 02/24/79 episode, where the music video starts up and Spandau Ballet is singing 'True' and a montage of Jon's face bearing his long-suffering, wistful look repeatedly pans across the camera, I had to close the window.

I am not fit for this website.
posted by ardgedee at 4:29 PM on January 14, 2008 [1 favorite]


‼!!‼‼!!‼‼!!‼‼!!‼‼!!‼‼!!‼‼!!‼
posted by cowbellemoo at 4:36 PM on January 14, 2008


Holy Christ the Head Like a Hole one is un fucking real.
posted by empath at 5:00 PM on January 14, 2008


Man, these guys are Fucked Up.
posted by empath at 5:03 PM on January 14, 2008


I have no idea what is going on right now but oh god my chest hurts
posted by six-or-six-thirty at 5:16 PM on January 14, 2008


This is possibly one of the strangest web sites I've ever seen. I like the holy trinity of Garfield at the end of 5/16/87.
posted by whir at 5:21 PM on January 14, 2008


This is terribly good. Thank you Prospero.
posted by tellurian at 5:33 PM on January 14, 2008


It just occurred to me that I know one of the guys behind this site. We went to college together. He was (is!) really cool. I have a feature script of his on my hard drive. Weird. Just shot him an email...definitely a guy to watch!
posted by Sticherbeast at 6:28 PM on January 14, 2008


I really, really like this.
posted by sellout at 6:29 PM on January 14, 2008


Jesus fucking christ...the flashbacks. The god fucking damned FLASHBACKS!!!!!!!!!
posted by Thorzdad at 6:48 PM on January 14, 2008


Major props for the Head Like a Hole one. It's just the right amount of twisted.
posted by systematic at 7:14 PM on January 14, 2008


I'm having trouble wrapping my mind around the fact that someone has made something so downright disturbing and funny from something so boring. The Final Fantasy one was awesome, though. They're all awesome.
posted by graventy at 8:10 PM on January 14, 2008


I think that the humor of these videos comes much closer to the humor of the comic strips than the crappy movies do. The painful silences, the dour worldview, the infinitely long table; it's all here.
posted by roll truck roll at 8:34 PM on January 14, 2008


I wanna go live on the FatalFarm.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 8:42 PM on January 14, 2008


WHAT IN THE FUCKING FUCK!?

I'm so confused. Which way is the floor? If I can find the floor, I probably can find my bed, or the closet, or someplace else to hide from the terror. Oh, the fucking burning, it does not end.

Upside? Someone finally made something more disturbing than 2girls1cup.
posted by loquacious at 9:33 PM on January 14, 2008


GARFIELD IS ON A DIET

HE ATE A PURSE

YOU CANNOT EAT A PURSE

A PURSE IS NOT FOOD
posted by speicus at 9:37 PM on January 14, 2008


That Duck Tales video is insane.
posted by Admiral Haddock at 9:58 PM on January 14, 2008


I was only going to watch one or two, and then I saw the Red Light/Green Light... and now its 1 am EST and I've watched all of them twice.
posted by rmless at 10:02 PM on January 14, 2008


Admiral Haddock writes "That Duck Tales video is insane."

Holy shit. Yes, it is insane.
posted by mr_roboto at 10:12 PM on January 14, 2008


I almost skipped this because it sounded so damn dumb. But it is MASTERFUL.
posted by painquale at 10:24 PM on January 14, 2008


I couldn't watch this earlier in the day while I was at work for fear that I'd become "the guy who watches live action Garfield comics in his cubicle." It was worth the wait. Now I want to plaster my cubicle in Garfield comics.
posted by mullacc at 11:14 PM on January 14, 2008 [1 favorite]


Garfield: Insanely Great?
posted by humannaire at 4:23 AM on January 15, 2008


This is a brilliant, brilliant post - and thanks to Uther Bentrazor for the return-of-Permanent-Monday heads-up.
posted by Mocata at 5:34 AM on January 15, 2008


This reminds me of Tim and Eric awesome show great job. It's like these people are really weird, but totally at home with it, and not self-conscious at all. Down-home, comfortable insanity.
posted by Laugh_track at 6:25 AM on January 15, 2008


I'm torn between being amazingly impressed with the amount of time and effort put into these videos and being amazingly depressed with the same thing.
posted by dogbusonline at 7:04 AM on January 15, 2008


Haven't watched much of this yet but got a lot of mileage out of the Infinite Solutions stuff. Anyone visited the phony sites? Some URLs are displayed right on the screen, some are only found if you google the phony people and company names. And some of these sites have hidden video content. Fun!
posted by christopherious at 12:10 PM on January 15, 2008


This is one of the things that almost depresses me watch. No matter what I do, no matter what I witness henceforth, it will never be as good as these videos. My wife's going to wonder why I am not excited at the birth of our child, and I am going to have to solemnly look her in the face and say, "The Garfield videos, honey...it was those fucking videos."
posted by aftermarketradio at 1:03 PM on January 15, 2008 [4 favorites]


If they'd hired David Lynch to make the Garfield movies, this is what I would expect it to be like.
posted by moonmilk at 3:18 PM on January 15, 2008


Behind-the-scenes pictures.
posted by Prospero at 9:43 AM on January 19, 2008


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