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Garfield: The Movie

Garfield: The Movie

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Director: Peter Hewitt

Cast: Bill Murray, Breckin Meyer, Jennifer Love Hewitt


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Jim Davis' famous cartoon cat finally makes his way to the big screen in this adaptation of the popular comic strip Garfield, which combines live action with CGI animation. Jon Arbuckle (Breckin Meyer) is a sweet, if somewhat clueless, man who shares his home with his pet cat, Garfield (voice of Bill Murray). Garfield is not your ordinary tabby -- he's fat,


Jim Davis' famous cartoon cat finally makes his way to the big screen in this adaptation of the popular comic strip Garfield, which combines live action with CGI animation. Jon Arbuckle (Breckin Meyer) is a sweet, if somewhat clueless, man who shares his home with his pet cat, Garfield (voice of Bill Murray). Garfield is not your ordinary tabby -- he's fat, he's smart-mouthed, he's arrogant, he won't do anything he doesn't have to, and would rather stuff himself with lasagna than do something Jon asks of him. Despite this, Jon loves his cat, but when he decides to expand his animal family, Garfield is less than enthusiastic about the presence of Odie, a lovably enthusiastic dog whose only flaw is his extreme stupidity. While Jon is crazy for Odie, and especially likes having two pets that necessitate periodic visits to Dr. Liz Wilson (Jennifer Love Hewitt), a veterinarian he has a crush on, Garfield decides to remove Odie from the picture. Garfield arranges for Odie to become the property of Happy Chapman (Stephen Tobolowsky), a television host who acts like an animal lover on the round-cornered screen but doesn't much like pets on his own time. While Garfield at first enjoys ruling the roost again, he soon realizes the error of his ways, and in a rare example of selfless and ambitious behavior, hatches a plan to rescue Odie from Chapman. Garfield also features the voice talents of Debra Messing, Brad Garrett, Jimmy Kimmel, and Alan Cumming.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
Finicky critics turned up their noses at Garfield. Devoted readers of Jim Davis's globally syndicated comic strip and Bill Murray fans will find that there are some tasty morsels at this buffet, as Murray supplies the pitch-perfect voice of feline disdain as the Monday-hating, lasagna-loving cat. Yet, from the blandly appealing leads -- Brecklin Meyer and Jennifer Love Hewitt -- to the lazy script and uncertain computer animation, Garfield has the feel of a direct-to-video production. It certainly plays better on the small screen. Garfield (the only animated character in this otherwise live-action film) is a "happy, fat, lazy cat" with "so much time and so little to do." His idyllic life is shattered when his owner, Jon, adopts a dog, Odie, at the behest of the perky veterinarian on whom he's had an unrequited crush since high school. Initially, Garfield doesn't exactly make the eager-to-please Odie feel welcome. But when unscrupulous TV host Happy Chapman (Stephen Tobolowsky) dognaps Odie for his show, the pampered pussycat who doesn't "do chases" is roused from his cul-de-sac to rescue Odie. Garfield was one of the year's biggest family films at the box office, and kids will be eager to get their paws on it. The enthusiastic Odie is a scene stealer, and Murray makes catnip out of kitty litter with his sly readings.

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20th Century Fox
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio commentary by director Peter Hewitt and producer John Davis

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bill Murray Garfield
Breckin Meyer Jon Arbuckle
Jennifer Love Hewitt Dr. Liz Wilson
Debra Messing Arlene
Stephen Tobolowsky Happy Chapman
Evan Arnold Wendell
Mark Christopher-Lawrence Christopher Mello
Nick Cannon Louis the Mouse
Alan Cumming Persnikitty the Cat
David Eigenberg Nermal the Cat
Brad Garrett Luca the Doberman Pinscher
Jimmy Kimmel Spanky
Mo'Nique The Rat
Eve Brent Mrs. Baker

Technical Credits
Peter Hewitt Director
Spring Aspers Musical Direction/Supervision
Christophe Beck Score Composer
Matthew Jon Beck Co-producer
Peter E. Berger Editor
Joel Cohen Screenwriter
Dean Cundey Cinematographer
John Davis Producer
Jim Davis Producer
Brennan du Fresne Casting
Marie France Costumes/Costume Designer
Risa Bramon Garcia Casting
Alexander Hammond Production Designer
Michele Imperato Co-producer,Production Manager
Suttirat Anne Larlarb Art Director
Neil Machlis Executive Producer
David MacMillan Sound/Sound Designer
Brian Manis Co-producer
Michele Panelli-Venetis Asst. Director
Alec Sokolow Screenwriter
Michael A. Stevenson Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Garfield: The Movie
1. Main Titles
2. I Hate Mondays
3. Working the Neighborhood
4. Mouse In the House
5. Happy Chapman
6. Going To the Vet
7. Odie
8. Putting On the Dog
9. Odie the Hero
10. Fancy Footwork
11. Left Behind
12. The Dog Show
13. A Dog With a Future
14. Kicked Out
15. New Dog State of Mind
16. The Runaway
17. Happy's New Dog
18. Garfield In the City
19. Tabby In the Tower
20. To the Rescue?
21. In the Pound
22. The Great Escape
23. Stop That Train!
24. Friends
25. Unhappy Chapman
26. Cats, Rats & Dogs
27. One Big, Happy Family
28. End Titles


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Garfield: The Movie 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great movie-can't wait to own it!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I did not know what to expect when I saw this movie. It turned out to be one of the funniest I have seen. Garfield and Nermal are totally adorable. Even though I don't like canines I found Odie very cute, and a good dancer. The human acting was okay but didn't exceed my expections. Besides, I didn't watch it for the humans. I watched it for Garfield. Bill Murry did do a very good job on Garfield's voice. It fit seamlessly with the character. My only problem with the movie was that it could have been a little longer. Overall a funny, enjoyable movie. Watch it, and remember, Be happy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
OMG! this movie was the bomb! Garfield ate so much. I kinda felt bad for Odie, esp. when garfield locked him out[funny]
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are truly a Garfield fan, go buy this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this movie! When I saw it in theaters, it turned out to be better than I expected! I'm looking forward to getting it on DVD. I think my favorite character is Odie. He is so adorable!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It demonstrated a good educating value behind the film. However, it is not as funny as I expected. The cat on the show is not as cute as the one in the cartoon too. Yet, the story still have a nice flow and it's meaningful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
fudgebrownie More than 1 year ago
My son really likes this movie, and loves to watch it over and over. Even though I found this movie to be somewhat funny and thought that Bill Murray did a great job, I gave this movie a low rating. I found the acting to be very poor and the plugs for products and retailers was overdone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
very poor casting job on the actors. jenniferlove hewitt as the girlfried/vet oh please. bad ending also. deserves to be considered a B MOVIE down their with plan nine from outer space or the blob.