Garfield: The Movie

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Twentieth Century Fox Released 2004

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Director:
Peter Hewitt
Released:
2004
Rating:
PG

Garfield: The Movie is an animated film based off of the 1980's Jim Davis cartoon. The film deviates from the original cartoon in that CGI effects are used to generate some of the characters in the film. The story, much like the cartoon, centers around a man named Jon (Breckin Meyer) who lives by himself with a large tabby cat named Garfield (Bill Murray). Jon is quiet, sweet, and a little naive at times. Garfield, on the other hand, is lazy, arrogant, and thick-headed with a soft spot for lasagna. He rarely follows orders from Jon, but Jon loves him anyway. Things get hairy when Jon decides to adopt a dog named Odie. Garfield becomes extremely jealous that the new pup receives all the attention in the family, and that is when he devises a plan to give Odie away. Fortunately, Garfield comes to his senses before much damage is done, and the two pets are reunited in Jon's house. Other actors included in the movie are Jennifer Love Hewitt, Stephen Tobolowsky, Debra Messing, Brad Garrett, Jimmy Kimmel, and Alan Cumming.

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  • 30

    Variety Joe Leydon

    Only very small children still easily impressed by interaction of human actors and CGI quadrupeds will be amused by Garfield.

  • 20

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    That Garfield speaks in the supercilious, world-weary drawl of Bill Murray is some small consolation, as are a few of the animal tricks.

  • 20

    Los Angeles Times Manohla Dargis

    Bill Murray completists, tots under 5 and their unfortunate chaperons are the only ones who need experience the soulless excuse for an entertainment called Garfield: The Movie.

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