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Garfield (2004)

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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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(comic strip "Garfield"), , 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Garfield (voice)
Announcer (as Daamen Krall)
Rufus Gifford ...
Dog Owner #1
Dog Owner #2
Ryan McKasson ...
Dog Owner #3
Susan Moore ...
Dog Owner #4
Roy the Lodge Member


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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Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for brief mild language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

11 June 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Garfield: The Movie  »

Box Office


$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$21,727,611 (USA) (11 June 2004)


$1,496,587 (South Africa) (5 November 2004)

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1.85 : 1
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Bill Murray named this film as one of his regrets in Zombieland (2009) See more »


When Garfield uses the remote to electrify Happy Chapman in the train station, he pushes somewhere on side of the remote control where there are no buttons, but the lights that signify the collar's activity. See more »


[first lines]
Garfield: I hate Mondays.
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Crazy Credits

Before the end credits, Garfield dances to "I Feel Good". See more »


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Far from Home: The Adventures of Yellow Dog
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25 October 2004 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

All the years I've been a loyal reader of the Garfield comics, I never had the impression it's merely meant for kids. On the contrary, most of the dry humor and charismatic Garfield poses are difficult to 'get' for young children. And yet, the film completely aims for a youthful audience. I have no problem with a movie being pro-children, but this is exaggerated and hardly accessible for adult viewers. The movie totally lacks all the elements that make the comics so entertaining. Garfield's clever and sarcastic remarks, Jon's clumsy womanizing techniques… All this has been replaced with an unhealthy dose of feel-good messages and lame jokes. The computer engineered Garfield doesn't appeal and the other, real pets are badly chosen. The plot is standard-sentiment, with Garfield saving his new housemate puppy from a sneaky, fame-chasing TV host. Breckin Meyer (as Jon Arbuckle) and Jennifer Love Hewitt (as the yummy vet Liz) walk around without anything to do and Bill Murray voices Garfield like it's some sort of dire job he wants to get rid of asap. The first (long-awaited?) cinema adventure of everybody's favorite cat appears to be a quickly produced and unprofessional flick soon to be forgotten. Too bad, since you're left behind with the feeling they could have done something better with this.

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