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Garfield (2004)

Jon Arbuckle buys a second pet, a dog named Odie. However, Odie is then abducted and it is up to Jon's cat, Garfield, to find and rescue the canine.

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Jon
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Garfield (voice)
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Wendell
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Christopher Mello
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Miss Ace Hardware
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Announcer (as Daamen Krall)
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Dog Owner #1
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Roy the Lodge Member
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Garfield, the fat, lazy, lasagna lover, has everything a cat could want. But when Jon, in an effort to impress the Liz - the vet and an old high-school crush - adopts a dog named Odie and brings him home, Garfield gets the one thing he doesn't want. Competition. One night Odie runs away and gets dog-napped after Garfield locks him outside. Garfield, in an out of character move, goes to search for and rescue Odie with the help of a variety of animal friends along the way. Written by Mouse1177

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11 June 2004 (USA)  »

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$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$21,727,611 (USA) (13 June 2004)

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$75,369,589 (USA)
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According to an article in Premiere Magazine, much of Bill Murray's recording sessions were done aboard the boat he was occupying while filming The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) in Italy. Apparently, Murray wasn't impressed with the recordings he did while on land. See more »

Goofs

When Liz says that they should start looking for Odie, her dress is red. When they find Garfield and Odie, and in a lot of other scenes with Liz, her dress is the same design but it's red. See more »

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Garfield: I hate Mondays.
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Some of the opening credits come out from behind things like tree branches and the photographs on Jon's bedroom wall. See more »

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Well...Not as bad as I feared it was going to be.
11 June 2004 | by (Appleton, Wisconsin) – See all my reviews

I was a bit scared to see my favorite feline in this new movie. Mostly because I didn't see ONE trailer for the movie - that's usually a bad sign in the movie business. I didn't even know that Garfield was the only CGI character in the movie until just a few weeks ago when my son bought a Garfield book based on the movie. That really shocked me. I grew up with Odie, Nermal and Arlenne looking the way they did in the comic strips and in the cartoons. At least Pooky looked the same!

There was a recycled animated short from 'Ice Age' called 'Gone Nutty' before the movie - the same one that is on disc two of 'Ice Age'. Using an older short from a two year old DVD release that, if you have kids younger than ten, has been seen countless times already was, to me, another bad sign.

However, as far as the storyline went, it had the flavor of the Garfield I know and love, but needed some extra seasoning. I heard a lot of laughs throughout the movie, but I just felt that it could have been better. Bill Murray was really good as Garfield. A great choice for the role the late Lorenzo Music had perfected throughout the course of the animated Garfield specials and TV series.

If the movie studio would have made the decision to spend more money so that all of Garfield's buddies were CGI too, that would have helped out a lot. Definitely a lesson here for a movie company that wants to make a movie about an cultural icon, but doesn't want to spend the cash to make it look good. Details are important to the loyal fans. 6/10


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