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Garfield (2004)

PG  |   |  Animation, Comedy, Family  |  11 June 2004 (USA)
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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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Announcer (as Daamen Krall)
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Dog Owner #1
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Roy the Lodge Member
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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

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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

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

Jim Carrey turned down the role of Jon Arbuckle. See more »

Goofs

When Jon throws Garfield out of the house because it is wrecked, Garfield scratches on the door and you can see there isn't a cat door anywhere on the door. Yet after Garfield's song, Odie climbs out of a pet door on the same front door. See more »

Quotes

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

The first song on the end credits from the start of the movie only plays for 30 seconds; it can be heard playing all the way through on the DVD Director's Commentary and some of the song choices are different. See more »

Connections

References Cape Fear (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Battle Hymn of the Republic
(circa 1856)
Traditional
Music by William Steffe (uncredited)
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Jim Davis would be rolling in his grave, if he was dead
26 February 2006 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

You would think that Hollywood would learn from such wastes of film as Scooby Doo that attempting to turn cartoon franchises into live action movies is a very bad idea. Apparently, they haven't learned yet, and thus, Garfield has been released.

Every single actor's performance in this movie was god awful, to begin with. I realize they weren't working with a golden script, but it was very blatant that nobody was even trying. Now, I expect half-assed acting from Jennifer Love Hewitt, who's only in Hollywood because of her looks, but Bill Murray's poor performance as the voice of Garfield was pitiful. It was sad, too, because Murray is usually a very funny guy.

As well, it was pretty dumb to have a CGI Garfield but have a normal dog for Odie. Instead of computer animation, they used some measly mutt that looks nothing like the cartoon dog and had it dancing on it's hind legs while listening to the Black Eyed Peas. I really wish I was making that up, folks, but I'm not. That part is actually in the movie, and lasts for the entire duration of the song.

Towards the end of the movie, Garfield dances to another song that's been used in about eighty seven billion other movies. Yeah, you guessed right; James Brown's stupid song that's like "I feeeeeel good!" I think it was trying to be funny, but it just wasn't. The same goes for every other joke in the movie. Not funny. Just not funny.

I guess you could understand why somebody who's been reading the comic strip for over a decade would be disappointed with this movie, but it would be just as bad for anyone who's never seen it once. Pathetic CGI animation, such as hands going through Garfield when people go to pick him up, ensures that this movie doesn't even get any visual eye candy. There are absolutely no pros to watch this movie, but so many cons that an educated mathematician would lose count if he tried to keep track of them all. Avoid this movie at all costs.


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