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(2004)

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Bill Murray named this film as one of his regrets in Zombieland (2009).
Bill Murray has said during interviews that he hates that he didn't think to have Garfield say his famous Ghostbusters (1984) line "Dogs and cats living together... mass hysteria!" (in the scenes of Odie being introduced to the house) until after all post-production had been completed, and it was too late to add it.
Jim Carrey turned down the role of Jon Arbuckle.
In an interview, Bill Murray stated that he originally thought the script was written by Joel Coen. It wasn't until the recording process, and watching dailies, that he realized that it was written by Joel Cohen, not the same person, of whom he was thinking.
The scene where Garfield gets flattened against the back windshield of Liz's truck is a joke on the very popular Garfield plush toys that have suction cups on the paws, so they can be stuck on windows. Garfield even takes the same pose as the plush toy, with his front legs up diagonally.
Bill Murray and Lorenzo Music have both played Garfield and Dr Peter Venkman. Murray plays Garfield in this film and Dr Venkman in the Ghostbusters films, and Music voiced Garfield in Garfield and Friends (1988) and Dr. Venkman in The Real Ghostbusters (1986).
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.
Joe Towne who plays a technician in the film (as Ariel Joseph Towne) was hired during production as the on-set voice of Garfield.
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In the film, Jon adopts Odie from his vet Liz's animal hospital. In the comic strip, Odie was originally the pet of Jon's friend Lyman.
In the film, Nermal is a Siamese cat who lives on the cul-de-sac. In the comic strip, Nermal is a grey tabby kitten who originally belonged to Jon's parents.
Thomas Lennon turned down the role of Happy Chapman because of scheduling conflicts with Reno 911! (2003).
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The amount of CGI Garfield shots (four hundred) doubles the amount of Gollum shots in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002).
The animal trainer wore blue gloves and pushed the real dog off the chair. Then the blue hands were digitally erased. The CGI Garfield was animated, and matchmoved with the real dog. Then Garfield was composted into the live-action plate, pushing the dog off the chair.
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This was the first film to air on The Hub, a U.S. children's television channel co-owned by Discovery Communications and toy company Hasbro (on October 10, 2010, at 12:00 p.m. EDT - two hours after launch).
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The song "New Dog State of Mind" that Garfield sings in the movie is based on the song "New York State of Mind" by Billy Joel.
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The license plate on Liz's pickup is "Pet Doc".
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Stephen Tobolowsky and Bill Murray's second movie together since Groundhog Day (1993).
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This is Bill Murray's first role in a 20th Century Fox film.
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Jim Davis: Garfield's creator has a cameo as the train conductor who makes the "all aboard" announcement.

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