dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

The ersatz-human condition.

As josephusrex pointed out yesterday, Garfield isn't really a cat at all; what he is is a short, fat, mute human being doing a rather poor impersonation of a cat. A real cat isn't nearly as smart as Garfield nor is it filled with contempt for its owners because, well, disdain requires it to have intentionality. Also, what looks like a cat turning down unfamiliar food out of snobbery is really the result of the poor animal simply not being able to cope with novelty in its environment. Garfield is thus best understood as being a cast member of the strip "Get Fuzzy" who's taken a vow of silence; he, like Snoopy, is an animal in name only. About the only thing that Lynn Johnston ever did right was to avoid the temptation of personification; Farley was all dog, all the way; granted, she did it for a stupid reason (namely to complain that he insisted on being an animal when the media led her to believe he was a man in a suit) but she does a lot of good things for dumb reasons so that's about par for the course.
Tags: amazonian catfish tinfoil hat, farley: chew toy of fate, lasagna-eating cat, the children of the void.

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