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


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Follow Garfield behind the scenes in Cartoon World where he grows bored with his life as a comic strip star. | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Frank Welker ... Garfield / Keith / Prop Boy / Nerd / Two Headed Guy / Goth Kid / Hardy (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Rajia Baroudi ... Sheila / Concertina Girl (voice)
Gregg Berger ... Odie / Shecky / Hale (voice)
Jennifer Darling ... Bonita / Mother / Rusty / Bobby (voice)

Greg Eagles ... Eli (voice)

Pat Fraley ... Delivery Gnome / Sid (voice)

Jason Marsden ... Nermal (voice)

David Michie ... Tape Holder (voice)

Harold Perrineau ... Husband (voice)

Neil Ross ... Wally / Charles (voice)

Stephen Stanton ... Randy / Father (voice)

Fred Tatasciore ... Billy / Waldo / Eric (voice)

Audrey Wasilewski ... Arlene / Zelda / Betty / Ashley (voice)

Wally Wingert ... Jon Arbuckle / Mike (voice)

Directed by
Mark A.Z. Dippé 
Kyung Ho Lee (co-director)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jim Davis 

Produced by
Daniel Chuba .... producer
Jim Davis .... executive producer
John Davis .... producer
Mark A.Z. Dippé .... producer
Youngki Lee .... producer
Brian Manis .... producer
Ash R. Shah .... producer
Original Music by
Kenneth Burgomaster 
Film Editing by
Rob Neal 
Casting by
Shannon Makhanian 
Art Direction by
Joachim Seisay 
Production Management
Todd King .... post-production supervisor
Sound Department
Matthew C. Beville .... original dialogue mixer
Brian Dunlop .... foley editor
Patrick Dunnam .... sound effects editor
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer
Eric Lalicata .... sound re-recording mixer
Patrick McNulty .... sound effects editor
Shelley Roden .... foley artist
Dan Snow .... sound supervisor
Editorial Department
Brian Park .... second editor
Aaron Seelman .... assistant editor
Ryan Vega .... machinist
Ian Vertovec .... digital intermediate colorist
Music Department
Drew DeAscentis .... music editor
Paul Kristan .... musician
Other crew
Jim Busfield .... assistant to producers
Angela Jang .... production assistant
Ryan Kennedy .... production assistant
Erin Eunsung Kim .... production assistant (as Erin Kim)
Tracy Park .... production assistant
Cindy Rago .... assistant to director
Kel Story .... production assistant
Christopher Tipton .... assistant to producers
Laura Warner .... production coordinator
Domonic Muir .... special thanks

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Also Known As:
Greece:70 min | Argentina:75 min

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Was originally slated to be released in theaters for October 2007.See more »
Continuity: When Garfield wakes up, that day is Monday. However, when the newspaper gets printed, it states that it is Thursday.See more »
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Another recent Garfield project that fails to deliver, 10 September 2009
Author: Electrified_Voltage from Guelph, Ontario, Canada

In the traditionally animated Garfield cartoons of the 80's and 90's (a bunch of TV specials, plus the long-running TV series, "Garfield and Friends"), the distinctive voice of the character was provided by the late Lorenzo Music. Since his sad passing in 2001 at age 64 from lung and bone cancer, there have been other Garfield projects (aside from the strip). In 2004, the character's first theatrical movie, simply titled "Garfield", was released, featuring the popular lazy feline as a CGI figure, voiced by famous actor/comedian Bill Murray, and live actors and real animals for all the other characters. In 2007, that movie, along with its 2006 sequel, were followed by this full CGI animated direct-to-video feature, starring voice acting veteran Frank Welker. Although both of these films have spawned sequels, neither of them is very good.

Garfield lives in a suburban house with his owner, Jon Arbuckle, and dog, Odie, in the cartoon world. Other inhabitants in this world include Arlene and Nermal, also from the Garfield comic strip, and many characters from various other daily strips. Every day, these cartoon characters go to a studio to play their parts for the newspaper funnies. Garfield is tired of the same old routine, and longs for a life outside the comics. So, he escapes to the real world, and Odie soon follows as he tries to get a bone back. However, the two of them soon learn that their strip will be cancelled unless they get back into the comic world in 24 hours, and there is no known way back in from the real world! Fortunately, the other inhabitants of the cartoon world are trying to find a way to get Garfield and Odie back, but unfortunately, a muscular cat and dog really want to take their place, so they try to prevent the two stars from making it back in time!

Frank Welker doesn't do a bad job providing the voice of Garfield, though it does sort of sound like a parody of the original voice. Replacing Lorenzo Music obviously wasn't easy. Of the three main characters in the series, the only original voice from the 80's and 90's cartoons featured here is that of Odie, provided by Gregg Berger. This means the voice for Jon was also replaced. Thom Huge provided that voice in the TV cartoons (except for the first one), and in this film, it is provided by Wally Wingert. There's something about Wingert's Jon voice that I didn't like. The film also doesn't quite capture Jon's famous antics. However, the biggest problem with "Garfield Gets Real" is that it isn't very funny. I smiled a bit during the scene where Odie hides the bone from the Prop Boy in his mouth and denies having it, and also smiled when Shecky (a cat Garfield and Odie meet in the real world) puts on a show so people will throw his dinner at him, but I never laughed. There are some fairly lame gags I could mention, such as the whoopee cushion joke that leads to real flatulence, and Garfield's hot dog fantasy, but I would say most of the gags are too average to be noteworthy.

The 2004 live action theatrical Garfield movie is said to be strictly for kids, and I guess that's also the case with this direct-to-video computer animated film. "Garfield Gets Real" definitely bears more resemblance to the comic strip and traditionally animated cartoons than 2004's "Garfield" does, but there are still differences (not good ones) between the two. One major thing the two movies have in common is that they're not very funny at all, at least not for adults. There's one sequel to the live action film called "Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties", which was released in 2006, and so far, two more direct-to-video computer animated features have come since this one ("Garfield's Fun Fest" and "Garfield's Pet Force"), but I obviously don't intend to watch any of those three films, since I don't like their predecessors. So, kids might like this 2007 non-theatrical animated feature, but if you're an adult who grew up with Garfield, then you might as well skip it and try watching some traditionally animated Garfield cartoons if you still like the character and are feeling nostalgic.

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