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Garfield: Holiday Celebrations (Garfield's Halloween Adventure / Garfield's Thanksgiving / A Garfield Christmas)

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Editorial Reviews

Product Description

Adventures of Garfield the cat, Odie the dog, and Jon their hapless owner.
Genre: Feature Film-Comedy
Rating: NR
Release Date: 26-OCT-2004
Media Type: DVD

No one loves the cold months better than acerbic fat cat Garfield, who thrives on a bounty of junk food and traditional meals in the delightful collection of musical-comedy TV specials Garfield Holiday Celebrations. "Garfield's Halloween Adventure" finds the portly hero and airhead-sidekick Odie the dog scrounging through owner Jon's attic to find perfect costumes, then encountering ghosts and ghoulies that seem a tad authentic. "Garfield's Thanksgiving" is a screwball special in which Jon harasses veterinarian Liz into being his Turkey Day guest. Trouble is, Jon is clueless about how to cook a big bird; fortunately, starving Garfield has the good sense to call in Jon's spirited grandmother for a culinary rescue. Grandma shows up, too, in "A Garfield Christmas," about a family get-together that covers all the nice holiday stuff and, of course, lots of bickering, pouting, and jealousy. As long as Garfield gets his Yuletide lasagna, however, all is right with the world. --Tom Keogh

Special Features

  • Includes: Garfield's Halloween Adventure, Garfield's Thanksgiving, and A Garfield Christmas

Product Details

  • Actors: Lorenzo Music, Thom Huge, Gregg Berger, C. Lindsay Workman, Desirée Goyette
  • Directors: Bob Nesler, George Singer, Gerard Baldwin, John Sparey, Phil Roman
  • Writers: Jim Davis, Kim Campbell
  • Producers: Phil Roman, Jay Poynor
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: October 26, 2004
  • Run Time: 71 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (252 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002PYS74
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,453 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Garfield: Holiday Celebrations (Garfield's Halloween Adventure / Garfield's Thanksgiving / A Garfield Christmas)" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

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These three Garfield specials have been part of my childhood and now can be enjoyed even as an adult. A lot of the other reviews already gush over my favorite parts, so I won't bore you with posting any the same. I will however point out that the Halloween special has been edited and is not the full version shown on television.

Once Garfield and Odie return home after their scary adventure they are about to walk up the sidewalk to their house when they notice that the ghost pirates have followed them home. Scared, they both race up a tree with their candy as the ghosts circle the base of the tree waiting for them to come down. While up on a branch Garfield asks Odie why they are still after them but then notices that there is a gold coin in one of the Halloween sacks. Garfield then takes it and drops it down to the ghosts. They smile upon seeing the coin and vanish, after which Garfield and Odie are safely able to go into the house.

I have a feeling that this scene may have been taken out of the DVD release so as to not scare little kids into thinking that ghosts can follow them home. Still, I kind of feel bad the scene was taken out as it was a very memorable scene. But if you can live with the edited version, I strongly suggest you buy this set as they are just great.
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Format: DVD
Everyone's favorite fat cat delivers a disc full of Halloween hi-jinks and yuletide cheer in this wonderful collection of 3 classic holiday specials!

From 1985 comes "Garfield's Halloween Adventure!" Rudely awakened on the morning of October 31st by the Binky the Clown Show, Garfield is thrilled to find it is Halloween! He immediately goes into preparation, after another nap and breakfast that is. With faithful pup Odie alongside to increase Garfield's candy collecting by 2, the anxious cat selects pirate costumes for the pair and off they go! Little do they know that their night of successful candy collecting will eventually wind them up in a creepy old house lived in by a creepy old man and haunted by some REAL pirate ghosts!

Next up, 1989 brings us "Garfield's Thanksgiving." This delightful story of Jon's first date with veterinarian Liz takes a tragic turn when we discover that Jon has no clue when it comes to making a Thanksgiving dinner (should have just made lasagna). It's all the worse for Garfield, who has been put on a diet by Liz, ruining his favorite day of the year! Luckily, a change of heart and quick call to Jon's grandma saves the day for everyone!

Finally, from 1987 we have "A Garfield Christmas Special." Garfield dreams of having the perfect Christmas at home with gaudy decorations and lasagna and presents galore! His dreams are shattered when Jon informs him that they'll be spending Christmas with his family on the farm this year. Soon, everyone is together at Jon's childhood home. Jon, Garfield, Odie, Ma and Pa Arbuckle, Grandma, and Jon's brother Doc-Boy take us through all their Christmas traditions, from a big Christmas Eve meal to decorating the tree, to singing around the piano and reading their favorite Christmas story.
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Ever since I blew the opportunity to have purchased the Garfield Halloween special on VHS back in the early 90's, I have been kicking myself. This special has since become hard to find and often times very expensive when you did finally track it down (on VHS no less).

I can't believe the wait is almost over, and not only for just the Halloween special, but for the *classic* Christmas special, and Thanksgiving special as well. These were some of the staple "special" programs from my childhood, which I imagine even children of today would enjoy. The kids still go for the Charlie Brown specials, so why not this too? I know me, being a kid at heart, looks forward to finally obtaining these specials.

I have very fond memories of the Halloween special, the most vivid of which involves the old man at the end. That guy, along with the Pirate Ghosts, always managed to scare me as a child.

Finally, the empty space next to "It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown" will be filled, and I feel like my DVD collection is closer to completion.
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But I'm really happy it is. It's always really cool when something comes out of DVD that you have not seen in years and that has passed into near obscurity.

The DVD gives us three old Garfield Holiday specials which have not been televised for many years.

A Garfield Halloween first was shown in 1985. This Garfield short I love! It is a terrific Halloween show and the first time I saw it many years ago I was very surprised about what happened in the old house and it is actually scary!

Lorenzo Music was very good as the fat cat Garfield and he is just hilarious in this one! Thom Huge was good as John and Binky the Clown! If you love the season of Halloween and autumn time then this is the perfect animated feature to watch.

Garfield Thanksgiving was first shown in 1989. The jokes are classic, even if some of them are more for adults than children. I laughed uncontrollably during the Orson Welles joke when Garfield was on the talking scale.

A Garfield Christmas was first shown in 1987. The plot is simple Garfield, Odie and Jon spend a family Christmas in the farm home that Jon grew up in. The songs are great, it's funny, sweet and ultimately moving. It manages to avoid the sentimentality that usually crops up in Christmas specials just by having Garfield constantly undercutting the feel-good nature with cynicism. Show this to the children in your life. It really is magical in a way that all the Disney animations could never be - because it has heart.

With all these holiday coming very soon, this is the perfect set to get.
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