Garfield - The Movie
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The plot of the movie is a silly caper. Garfield is well ensconced as John's favorite companion until John meets a cute nurse at the vets office. In trying to work up courage to ask her out, she fobs a dog off on him, Odie. Well, it doesn't take Garfield long to get jealous of the new pet in John's life and he works to get rid him. There are some very funny scenes with Garfield knocking Odie around, trying to play tricks on him, and funniest of all, competing with each other dancing.
Enter a nefarious TV personality who needs a trained animal to hit it big. After seeing Odie dancing at a dog show (another silly and funny caper) he kidnaps poor Odie. And Garfield finds he does have a heart and off to the rescue he goes.
Overall, for some light, comic entertainment the movie was enjoyable. I'm not sure how true the movie is to the comic strip as I am a sporadic reader of it, but it seemed to fit to me.
There are not really any particularly good special features in the DVD.
In 2001 we lost Lorenzo Music, the true voice of Garfield. Bill Murray (one of the genuinely funniest guys around) fills his shoes in this live-action feature, and he does it well! No, he doesn't sound EXACTLY the same, but there is something very familiar in their voices and deliveries. In fact, Lorenzo voiced Bill Murray's character, Peter Venkman, for the first part of the "Real Ghostbusters" animated series' run. Bill has exactly the right dry, sarcastic, and disinterested wit needed for the role of Garfield. One reviewer complained that he sounded bored. PERFECT! In this movie Bill Murray IS Garfield. I usually have complaints about CGI.Read more ›
Garfield's voice has passed from the late Lorenzo Music to Bill Murray with great success. Murray has successfully captured all the subtle nuances of the tubby tabby as Garfield reveals his love/hate relationship with Odie, his disdain of Jon balanced with his desire to be #1 in his care-giver's life, and, of course, his love of lasagna, tv, and self.
What we loyal readers of Garfield may not have realized is that the Fat Cat is a smooth dancer as he gyrates, swings his tail, and even does an astonishingly good imitation of Elvis.
The plot takes us back to the day Odie came into Garfield and Jon's lives and of the jealousy that Garfield felt for the intruder in his happy home. Also present are Pooky, Nermal, and Arlene. Though Nermal is far different from the cute little kitten who appears in the strips, he still is the butt of Garfield's not-so-nice little tricks. On the other hand, the animation of Garfield is just right as is the moviemaker's ability to integrate a cartoon cat into a world of real humans and animals. Speaking of humans, Jon and Dr. Liz the Vet have had personality upgrades from the strip. Jon loses much of the geekiness but retains the innocence and even gets a chance with Dr. Liz---something that's never happened in the daily strip.
There are plenty of laughs in this and I had a totally good time watching the full hour and twenty-five minutes.
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The cutest and fluffiest cat to ever make it to hollywood! Such a cutie!Published 19 days ago by Amazon Customer
CUTIE! Fluffy Garfield is a real nice cat. Great movie. No sudden escalation of plot! Must watch!Published 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
This movie was horrible (at least to me) but my daughters (all of whom are obsessed with cats) all loved it. Was hard for me to watch. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lindy A.
God fun. Simple movie. Nice people. Well done. Garfield does have a heart, it's just hard to find .Published 2 months ago by Harry P Baya
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