Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties

Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties

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Director: Tim Hill

Cast: Breckin Meyer, Jennifer Love Hewitt

     
 

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The laziest cat in America swaps places with the richest feline in England in director Tim Hill's lasagna-laden sequel to the 2004 theatrical hit Garfield. Jon Arbuckle (Breckin Meyer) is on his way to London to propose to his veterinarian girlfriend, Liz Wilson (JenniferSee more details below

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The laziest cat in America swaps places with the richest feline in England in director Tim Hill's lasagna-laden sequel to the 2004 theatrical hit Garfield. Jon Arbuckle (Breckin Meyer) is on his way to London to propose to his veterinarian girlfriend, Liz Wilson (Jennifer Love Hewitt), and his unflappable cat, Garfield, is determined to be there when Jon pops the big question. Of course, Garfield wouldn't go anywhere without his old pal Odie, and soon after arriving in the land of Big Ben, the clueless tomcat inadvertently changes places with royal look-a-like Prince. It seems that Prince's owner, Lady Eleanor, has recently passed away, leaving the care of her sprawling estate Castle Carlyle in the capable paws of her devoted kitty companion. The trouble is, Prince has decided it's due time for a vacation, and with Garfield in charge there's no telling what kind of trouble will befall Castle Carlyle. Despite having a devoted butler named Smithee (Ian Abercrombie) to cater to his every whim and a whole host of fun-loving critters with whom to pass the lazy days spent lounging in the sun, this crowned head begins to feel the sting of deceit as the envious Lord Dargis (Billy Connolly) hatches a dastardly plan to do away with the whiskered heir and claim Castle Carlyle all to himself. Meanwhile, as Garfield attempts to hold his ground against his greedy would-be nemesis, the fun-loving Prince is living it up with Jon and Odie by taking a trip to some of London's most popular pubs.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
Garfield is a lasagna-stuffed slacker from America who is "king of the cul-de-sac," while his look-alike, Prince, is the lord of an English castle. Never the twain shall meet, but in this feline twist on The Prince and the Pauper, Garfield and Prince trade flea collars for a spell before uniting to take on the bad guy. The scene-setting ruse involves Garfield stowing away on a trip to London with his owner, Jon (Breckin Meyer), who intends to propose to his veterinarian girlfriend, Liz (Jennifer Love Hewitt) -- a union that does not pass muster with Garfield. Prince, meanwhile, is out on the streets after being unceremoniously disposed of by the scoundrel Lord Dargis (Scottish comedian Billy Connolly), the next in line to inherit the country estate over which Prince presides. The bland Meyer and Hewittt are easily upstaged by the computer-animated cats and the anthropomorphic antics of the live-action animals that come to Garfield and Prince's aid to "kick royal butt" and foil Dargis's scheme to raze the castle and build an animal-free resort and spa. Bill Murray's wise-guy disdain is ideal for the voice of Garfield, who makes himself right at home in the castle. And Tim Curry is his equal as the sheltered Prince, who discovers the joys of lasagna. The change of scenery does Garfield good; the sequel is even better than the original.
All Movie Guide
You can usually rely on Bill Murray to be the best part of any movie he's in. The Garfield movies are just the opposite. The original Garfield, and now Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties, would just be bland family movies if not for Murray's obnoxious vocal portrayal of the lasagna-loving feline. Murray's tired riffing leaves a viewer longing for Lorenzo Music's wry and disinterested Garfield, as seen in the TV incarnation of the tubby tabby. Instead of Murray, the actual best parts of the weak Garfield: The Movie were Breckin Meyer and Jennifer Love Hewitt, who at least brought a sporting level of commitment to their roles as Jon Arbuckle and Jon's love interest, Liz. Here, those characters are pushed to the sidelines in favor of a mistaken-identity farce, in which Garfield switches roles with a regal British cat named Prince, who's inherited a palatial estate from his eccentric owner. Much of the action involves the estate's next human heir, Lord Dargis (Billy Connolly, looking and acting like John Cleese more than ever). He's trying to dispose of Prince in order to turn the property into high rises, as its many four-legged residents conspire to make sure that doesn't happen. The lazy plot unfolds in all the expected ways, with plenty of pratfalls and comeuppance in store for Lord Dargis. It's nice to hear the distinctive vocal work of a dozen familiar British actors coming from this menagerie of dogs, ferrets, and other animals, among them Rhys Ifans, Vinnie Jones, Bob Hoskins, Jane Leeves, and Tim Curry. But it's nothing we haven't seen in a hundred other talking-animal movies -- films that were encouraged to start existing again by the long-ago success of Babe. One hopes A Tail of Two Kitties will discourage more Garfield movies from existing.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/10/2006
UPC:
0024543387381
Original Release:
2006
Rating:
PG
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
2:44:00
Sales rank:
14,204

Special Features

Full screen theatrical version; Widescreen extended version; "Come and Get It" music video; Drawing With Jim Davis featurette; Exclusive Garfield comic strip; Odie's photo album game; Garfield's maze game

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bill Murray Garfield
Breckin Meyer Jon Arbuckle
Jennifer Love Hewitt Liz Wilson
Billy Connolly Lord Dargis
Ian Abercrombie Smithee
Lucy Davis Abby
Roger Rees Mr Hobbs
Jane Carr Mrs Whitney
Oliver Muirhead Mr Greene
Lena Cardwell Teenage Tourist
Veronica Alicino Veterinary Assistant
JB Blanc Hotel Porter
Vernée Watson Johnson Tourist 2
Russell Milton Bobby
Ben Falcone American Tourist
Bryce Lenon Police Sergeant
Judi Shekoni Tour Guide
Melanie Tolbert Waitress
David Kallaway Darts Guy
Brian Manis Contractor
Roscoe Lee Browne Narrator
Greg Ellis Nigel
Bob Hoskins Winston
Sharon Osbourne Christophe
Tim Curry Prince
Joe Pasquale Claudius
Jane Leeves Eenie
Jane Horrocks Meenie
Richard E. Grant Preston
Vinnie Jones Rommel
Rhys Ifans McBunny
Jim Piddock Bolero
Martin Taylor Announcer
Kenneth Danziger Voice Only
Neil Dickson Voice Only
Robin Atkin Downes Voice Only
John Gidcomb Voice Only
Jean Gilpin Voice Only
Andy Kreiss Voice Only
Peter Lavin Voice Only
Susan Leslie Voice Only
Hope Levy Voice Only
Paula Jane Newman Voice Only
Justin Moran Shenkarow Voice Only
Mark Sussman Voice Only
Diz White Voice Only

Technical Credits
Tim Hill Director
Christophe Beck Score Composer
Matthew Jon Beck Casting,Executive Producer
Kent Beyda Editor
Alan Brownstein Camera Operator
Tony Burrough Production Designer
Joel Cohen Screenwriter
Peter Lyons Collister Cinematographer
Mick Cukurs Set Decoration/Design
John Davis Producer
Peter S. Elliott Editor
Gary Gegan Sound Mixer
Steve Harding Production Manager
Matthew Iadarola Sound Mixer
Michele Imperato Executive Producer
Francine Jamison-Tanchuck Costumes/Costume Designer
Dave Jordan Musical Direction/Supervision
Dennis H. Kraft Set Decoration/Design
David MacMillan Sound/Sound Designer
Brian Manis Co-producer,Executive Producer
Louis Mann Art Director
Peter Mercurio Camera Operator
Cheri Minns Makeup
Michele Panelli-Venetis Asst. Director
Rhythm & Hues Studios Animator
Alec Sokolow Screenwriter
Monica Swann Casting
Rainmaker Animation and Visual Effects UK Animator

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties
1. Main Titles [1:49]
2. Pampered Personages [3:29]
3. Liz's News [1:47]
4. The Cat & the Kennel [:23]
5. Lady Eleanor's Will [2:01]
6. Bon Voyage! [3:24]
7. London [1:08]
8. Life Without Prince [:42]
9. Busting Out [2:08]
10. The Replacement Prince [3:33]
11. Dargis' Plan [:40]
12. Back at the Palace [1:47]
13. Call Me Your Highness [2:10]
14. Movin' on Up! [1:58]
15. Look Who's Back [1:49]
16. The Party Prince [2:09]
17. Operation Feline Protection [2:21]
18. The Loyal Lasagna [1:08]
19. Destiny Calls! [1:32]
20. Retraining Rommel [1:16]
21. My Crummiest Moment [1:44]
22. To Skin a Royal Cat [2:07]
23. Our Only Hope [1:05]
24. Face-to-Face [4:19]
25. The Game's Afoot [2:07]
26. Dargis Comes Undone [1:20]
27. Jon's Proposal [:58]
28. End Titles [2:12]
1. Main Titles [1:49]
2. Pampered Personages [3:29]
3. Liz's News [1:40]
4. The Cat & the Kennel [:30]
5. Lady Eleanor's Will [2:01]
6. Bon Voyage! [4:44]
7. London [:40]
8. Life Without Prince [:27]
9. Busting Out [2:50]
10. The Replacement Prince [2:49]
11. Dargis' Plan [:53]
12. Back at the Palace [2:27]
13. Call Me Your Highness [2:35]
14. Movin' on Up! [1:15]
15. Look Who's Back [:55]
16. The Party Prince [4:04]
17. Operation Feline Protection [1:54]
18. The Royal Lasagna [:35]
19. Destiny Calls! [1:08]
20. Pool Party Animals [2:48]
21. My Crummiest Moment [1:46]
22. To Skin a Royal Cat [:33]
23. Our Only Hope [2:25]
24. Face-to-Face [4:44]
25. The Game's Afoot [:59]
26. Dargis Comes Undone [2:10]
27. Jon's Proposal [3:35]
28. End Titles [1:31]

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