MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 485 this week

Garfield (2004)

PG  |   |  Animation, Comedy, Family  |  11 June 2004 (USA)
4.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 4.9/10 from 50,082 users   Metascore: 27/100
Reviews: 232 user | 119 critic | 31 from Metacritic.com

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.

Director:

(as Pete Hewitt)

Writers:

(comic strip "Garfield"), , 1 more credit »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

ON DISC

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 37 titles
created 03 May 2011
 
a list of 41 titles
created 13 Mar 2012
 
a list of 38 titles
created 03 Feb 2013
 
a list of 25 titles
created 31 May 2013
 
a list of 37 titles
created 1 week ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Garfield" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Garfield (2004)

Garfield (2004) on IMDb 4.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Garfield.

User Polls

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Garfield 2 (2006)
Animation | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

Jon Arbuckle travels to the United Kingdom, and he brings his cat, Garfield, along for the trip. A case of mistaken cat identity finds Garfield ruling over a castle, but his reign is soon jeopardized by the nefarious Lord Dargis , who has designs on the estate.

Director: Tim Hill
Stars: Breckin Meyer, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Billy Connolly
Garfield Gets Real (Video 2007)
Animation | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

Follow Garfield behind the scenes in Cartoon World where he grows bored with his life as a comic strip star.

Directors: Mark A.Z. Dippé, Kyung Ho Lee
Stars: Frank Welker, Rajia Baroudi, Gregg Berger
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Stuart and Snowbell set out across town to rescue a friend.

Director: Rob Minkoff
Stars: Michael J. Fox, Geena Davis, Hugh Laurie
Animation | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A struggling songwriter named Dave Seville finds success when he comes across a trio of singing chipmunks: mischievous leader Alvin, brainy Simon, and chubby, impressionable Theodore.

Director: Tim Hill
Stars: Jason Lee, David Cross, Cameron Richardson
Stuart Little (1999)
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

The Little family adopt a charming young mouse named Stuart, but the family cat wants rid of him.

Director: Rob Minkoff
Stars: Michael J. Fox, Geena Davis, Hugh Laurie
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Mr. Bean wins a trip to Cannes where he unwittingly separates a young boy from his father and must help the two come back together. On the way he discovers France, bicycling, and true love, among other things.

Director: Steve Bendelack
Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Willem Dafoe, Steve Pemberton
Animation | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

The world famous singing pre-teen chipmunk trio return to contend with the pressures of school, celebrity, and a rival female music group known as The Chipettes.

Director: Betty Thomas
Stars: Jason Lee, Zachary Levi, David Cross
The Garfield Show (TV Series 2008)
Animation | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A pussycat lives in a middle town where Jon Arbuckle lives. Garfield goes on adventure and explores the difference of good and bad.

Stars: Frank Welker, Wally Wingert, Gregg Berger
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

Playing around while aboard a cruise ship, the Chipmunks and Chipettes accidentally go overboard and end up marooned in a tropical paradise. They discover their new turf is not as deserted as it seems.

Director: Mike Mitchell
Stars: Justin Long, Jesse McCartney, Jason Lee
Bean (1997)
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The bumbling Mr. Bean travels to America when he is given the responsibility of bringing a highly valuable painting to a Los Angeles museum.

Director: Mel Smith
Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Peter MacNicol, John Mills
Comedy | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A Doctor finds out that he can understand what animals are saying. And the animals find out that he understands.

Director: Betty Thomas
Stars: Eddie Murphy, Peter Boyle, Ossie Davis
Here Comes Garfield (TV Short 1982)
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The first TV special starring the rotund comic strip staple Garfield the Cat. Here, he and his dull-witted canine cohort Odie end up at the pound.

Director: Phil Roman
Stars: Lorenzo Music, Sandy Kenyon, Henry Corden
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Jon
...
Liz
...
...
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
...
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

coming to theatres 2004... whenever he wants See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for brief mild language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

11 June 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Garfield: The Movie  »

Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$849,745 (Italy) (24 September 2004)

Gross:

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

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| |

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Joe Towne who plays a technician in the film (as Ariel Joseph Towne) was hired during production as the on-set voice of Garfield. See more »

Goofs

When Happy Chapman's assistant looks out the window from the clothing store, it is raining heavily. However, when they leave, it is sunny and dry. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Garfield: I hate Mondays.
See more »

Crazy Credits

The opening song stops just as Garfield hits his alarm clock. See more »

Connections

Features Benji (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

An Affair to Remember (End Title)
(1956)
Lyrics by Harold Adamson and Leo McCarey
Music by Harry Warren
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Not as bad as the critics say, but not the best idea
11 June 2004 | by (Iowa) – See all my reviews

After engaging in an effort to find a good review - much harder than I ever imagined it would be - and finding the movie listed at the bottom of the barrel, I felt almost an obligation to go see this on opening day - either to prove the critics wrong, or to get fodder for a scathing letter to Jim Davis. I ended up with neither.

The problem, admittedly, is what some critics have said: Garfield is old and busted. A walk in the theater reveals the new hotness: Harry Potter. The movie is, sadly, 10 years overdue. Just look at the long listing of Garfield TV specials, most of which are 1982-1992, and "Garfield and Friends" began in 1988. It was delayed, I read, because Jim Davis believed the technology wasn't there. It was; it's called regular animation. Garfield is a 2-D medium, either on the comics page or on animated cels. But, I guess, since no one does that anymore, 2004 couldn't have a 2-D Garfield.

The problem is not with Garfield, although some of the characteristics displayed are not those I associate with the cat. The problem is with the supporting cast who look, by and large, not like their animated counterparts. Who made Odie a wiener dog with talent? Why is Nermal Siamese? Shouldn't Arlene be a lot nicer to Garfield? The set design, in bright hues, can't decide whether it's in the real world or in a real-life comic strip. Breckin "Inside Schwartz" Meyer is just not the right fit for Jon. While I can accept the whole high-school- crush of Jon and Liz on each other (something definitely not in the comic strip), the payoff might have been better had they not kissed after the dog show.

The plot arc is not necessarily departed from all of Garfield. It fits more in the mid-1980s, when the strip actually did have week-plus-long plots. In one series, for example, Odie DID leave home, and Garfield DID follow him, and they ended up running away from the circus together. The comments that the strip has declined are not off-base.

It's times like this that remind me where I got my sense of humor. It came from the politically neutral wit and social commentary of the late 1980s - Garfield (both newspaper and television), Calvin and Hobbes, even the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. That's why I can't disagree with this line from the Chicago Tribune: "He's been declawed; the swiping humor and Monty Python meanness of his early years have been surgically removed for a PG audience, and with it, most of his appeal." And that hurts.

Today, Garfield is trapped in a one-day-only three-panel set of running gags that still make me laugh, but don't capture the same attitude of years past. However, I still prefer it to the overtly political ultra-liberal commentary found in strips like "Boondocks" or some others.

Had a full-length movie been released around 1994, done by the same animation team that did "Garfield and Friends," with Lorenzo Music doing the voice, it might have been wonderful. Live action does not suit the character; the departure from 25 years of what we have known is too much. The animated half-hour shows of the 1980s work so much better that they might have been able to make more money simply by scrapping the film and putting out DVDs. I hear "Garfield and Friends: The Complete First Season" is coming out, a TV show that captured the essence of the strip at its peak so much better than this movie did.

I wish that the networks would put "A Garfield Christmas" and some of his other specials back on the air. I still love the character. The movie doesn't deserve to be ranked where it is by the critics. At the same time, though, it reminds you of how good it might have been.

7/10, because I can't bring myself to demolish a character that still makes me laugh, even if his best work was from when I was young enough to be in the target audience.


16 of 25 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Holds a Special Place in my Heart tyreeewebster
Discuss Garfield (2004) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?