has been saved by the miracle of lasagne"
Garfield's (Murray) life was pretty perfect. He had his owner
John (Meyer) wrapped around his little paw, he ruled the cul-de-sac that
he lives in, he could be as lazy as he wanted and eat his favourite lasagne
all the time. Life couldn't be much better for a cat. Everything changed
with John's potential sweetheart Liz (Love Hewitt) gave him a dog called
Odie. Is the power in the Arbuckle household about to shift?
Jim Davis's much loved comic strip and cartoon series receives
the live action treatment but is Garfield going to make any friends? Yes,
but only some very young ones.
Fans of the comic strip and TV show will be glad to hear that
the filmmakers have got their favourite fat ginger cat just right but then
thrown him into a terribly scripted movie. The plot really lets the film
down as our lazy hero is forced to endure an almost pantomime like villain
and a typically sugary sweet Hollywood treatment that would make him cough
up his lasagne. Why the filmmakers didn't get his creator Jim Davis to write
the script we will never know.
Garfield himself is spot on, thanks to some fantastic computer
animation and the voice of Bill Murray. Replacing the legendary Lorenzo
Music, who sadly passed away in 2001, Murray brings Garfield's dry wit and
sarcasm to live with great skill. There just isn't anyone else who could
have voiced this much-loved character. The animation is first rate as CG
Garfield effortlessly interacts with his environment and other cast members.
Just watch his scenes with Odie on the chair and you will applaud the skills
of the animators. That also applies to the rest of the animal cast. Some
extremely well trained cats, dogs and rodents play them but the animation
of their mouths and expressions is first rate.
Human cast is just there for show. Breckin Meyer doesn't really
have much to do as John Arbuckle and he just isn't geeky enough to be Garfield
terminally unlucky owner. Jennifer Love Hewitt is absolutely gorgeous but
that just seems to be her career at the moment, nothing but eye candy. Stephen
Tobolowsky does his best as Happy Chapman, the villainous TV presenter looking
for his big break but he doesn't have the lines to make him a credible bad
Garfield is a movie made for younger children and they will
get a lot of enjoyment from it. For everyone else who grew up with the cartoon
and comic strip, even their favourite ginger cat can't save the film's unimaginative
script and sugary Hollywood coating. Hire out the cartoon and have some
KIDS UNDER 10)
Presented in 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen with a Dolby Digital
5.1 soundtrack, this is a good transfer. The excellent CGI Garfield looks
great, as the picture is extremely sharp throughout. The sound is also good,
with a strong emphasis on Garfield's dialogue.
Audio commentary by Peter Hewitt and John Davis
The director and producer recorded this track a week before the movie opened
and are still filled with optimism and love for the movie. The pair reveals
how difficult it was shooting the film without its star, as Garfield was
added in postproduction. They discuss the casting of the film and how Bill
Murray was their first and only real choice for the role. They also talk
about the CG process of creating the character, both on and off set and
the writing of the story. This is a chatty and informative commentary from
two people who feel passionate about their movie.
Deleted Scenes (16.36 mins)
These sixteen deleted or alternative scenes show you more Arlene, Odie and
Garfield, the dog show and reveal how Garfield got into town. There are
also a couple of rehearsal scenes that show how Garfield and Odie's dance
Garfield: Bringing the Cat to life (7.23 mins)
Producer John Davis, visual effects supervisor Dan Deleeuw, digital effects
supervisor Karl Herbst, animator Matt Shumway and visual effects producer
John Kilkenny reveal how Garfield was created for the movie. From conceptual
drawing, through pre-vis and muscular models the crew show you how they
created the characters and his performance on screen.
Find Odie Maze Game
Guide Garfield through the air-conditioning vents so he can rescue Odie
from the cruel Happy Chapman.
Mixing Moments with Garfield
Create you own Garfield cartoon on your TV screen.
Grab a number 2 pencil: The Evolution of Garfield (6.10)
Garfield creator Jim Davis takes you through the various design changes
that Garfield has gone through over his near thirty-year history. You can
watch Davis draw the versions of Garfield from two different angles.
Gone Nutty (4.48 mins)
An Ice Age animated short starring everyone's favourite nut-horder, Scrat.
Inside Look (4.17 mins)
Director Chris Wedge gives you a sneak-peek at the upcoming computer animated
feature 'Robots'. He introduces you to the characters and gives away a few
Previews for 'Two Brothers', 'The Magic Roundabout', 'Bratz' and 'Strawberry