Director: Peter Hewitt
Starring: Breckin Meyer, Jennifer Love Hewitt,
Voice Talents: Bill Murray, Alan Cumming, Nick
Cannon, Debra Messing
Released By: 20th Century Fox
Date: 2 September 2004
(Courtesy from 20th Century Fox) :
He's cynical, lazy and, literally, a fat cat. Now, Garfield,
America's favorite feline, is about to become a major motion
couldn't be sweeter for Garfield. Parked on a comfortable
lounge chair in front of the TV, feasting on his favourite
dish - lasagna - he's the master of his universe. That is,
until his owner, Jon, takes in a sweet but dimwitted pooch
Odie, turning Garfield's perfect world upside down. Now, Garfield
wants only one thing: Odie out of his home and life!
when the hapless pup disappears, Garfield, maybe for the first
time in his life, feels responsible. With an uncharacteristic
amount of energy and courage, Garfield manages to pull himself
away from the TV, and spring into action. He's on a mission
to save Odie… and get back to his beloved lounge chair.
Almost everyone knew this big, fat, yellowish feline who had
brought us catch phrases like "I would like mornings
if they started later" and "I'd rather pig out than
work out". With it's cartoon strip published in more
than 2,600 newspapers and with a readership of 260 million
around the globe, it makes one wonder what took Hollywood
so long to bring Garfield alive on the big screen.
John Davis, ("Doctor Dolittle" and "Daddy Day
Care") and Garfield's creator Jim Davis, together with
the screenwriting team of Joel Cohen and Alec Sokolow ("Toy
Story," "Cheaper by the Dozen") had made everyone's
favorite feline a movie star!
movie started-off promisingly with some baby-photos of Garfield,
which sure warms the heart of every audience. It seem that
life has never been better for Garfield until a beautiful
veterinarian Liz Wilson (JENNIFER LOVE HEWITT), gave his master,
Jon (BRECKIN MEYER), a lovely pet dog, Odie. Garfield's perfect
Universe was crashed when Jon seem to be showering more love
to Odie since the latter was given by his love interest. For
the first time, Garfield felt threatened and in the midst
of much chaos, decided to drive Odie out of the house.
when the hapless hound disappears, Garfield does not felt
victorious. Soon, he learnt that Odie was in the evil clutches
of a local celebrity, Happy Chapman (STEPHEN TOBOLOWSKY),
he felt charged with courage and responsibility that he pull
himself away from his lazy and well-protected life to venture
into the "dangerous" city to search-and-rescue Odie.
storyline is entertaining enough to entice the audience throughout
the short run-time of the movie. However, it is disappointing
that even with the current technology advancement in film-making,
Garfield's movement looks unnatural and most of the time,
does not blend in with the surroundings. Fortunately, the
Computer Generated Garfield is still loveable and adorable
in his every expression. Together with the natural comic flair
of Bill Murray, who sounded convincingly as the voice of Garfield.
Expect many hilarious moments throughout the movie.
the trailers of the Garfield's movie started to roll on major
TV stations, one question burns everyone's mind: would this
Garfield in the movie, which was so much different from the
one in the comic strips, capable to charm it's fan from over
at least for now, it had charmed us!
Movie Rating: C+