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Garfield: The Movie

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Garfield: The Movie
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This is a movie worse than any Monday.
Genre: Comedy
Directed By: Peter Hewitt
Written By: Joel Cohen
Alec Sokolow
Starring: Bill Murray
Breckin Meyer
Jennifer Love Hewitt
Stephen Tobolowsky
Photography: Color
Distributed By: 20th Century Studios
Release Date: June 11, 2004
Runtime: 80 minutes
Country: United States
Sequel: Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties

Garfield: The Movie (sometimes known as Garfield onscreen) is a 2004 American live action/computer-animated comedy film directed by Peter Hewitt inspired by Jim Davis' comic strip of the same name and the 1988 animated series Template:Best. It stars Breckin Meyer as Jon Arbuckle, Jennifer Love Hewitt as Dr. Liz Wilson and features Bill Murray as the voice of Garfield, who was created with computer animation, though all other animals were real. The film was produced by Davis Entertainment Company and distributed by 20th Century Fox. It was released in the United States on June 11, 2004 and received a sequel in 2006 entitled Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties.


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... 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.

Bad Qualities

  1. Lackluster acting from much of the cast with the exception of Bill Murray (see GQ #1).
  2. When Garfield gets chased by dogs at the dog show, he runs by a lady and yells, "Ma'am, I'm hitching a ride in your moo-moo!" which also became an infamous joke.
  3. The storyline is tiresome compared to the original tv show and comic books that inspired it.
  4. Blatant amount of product placement.
  5. Atrocious CGI, especially on the titular character himself.
  6. They made all the characters (except for Pookie) in the movie look nothing like their own original designs, which is especially the case with both Jon and Liz, who also don't behave like their comic book and cartoon counterparts.
    • It should also be noted that Odie is portrayed by a real dog rather than a CGI character, resulting in a character that obviously lacks the quirky physical appearance and personality of the comic book's character.
  7. Happy Chapman, the movie's antagonist is so bland and boring that his motivation is mostly forgettable.
  8. Most of the humor is unfunny, even if Garfield is trying to tell jokes that are not funny.
  9. A rather bad grasp of the source material.
  10. The ending feels very rushed.
  11. Contains needless pop culture references, including a moment when Garfield watches The Simpsons.
  12. Misleading title: Despite being called Garfield: The Movie, the first half of the movie mostly focuses on Jon Arbuckle and Liz.

Good Qualities

  1. Bill Murray did a pretty good job voicing Garfield.
  2. Garfield's design does remain faithful to the original comics and cartoons, despite the atrocious CGI.
  3. Good soundtrack.
  4. Some Garfield fans may like this movie.
  5. There are some really funny scenes in the movie that aren't forced.


Garfield: The Movie received extremely negative reviews from critics and audiences alike, and currently holds a 15% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with a general consensus that states: "When the CGI novelty of Garfield wears off, what's left is a simplistic kiddie movie." On Metacritic, the film has weighted a score of 27 out of 100, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews," while IMDb has a score of 5/10.


  • Bill Murray took up the lead role because he thought the script was being written by Joel Coen of the Coen Brothers, but he shortly found out that it was actually Joel Cohen, the writer of Template:Greatest, Cheaper by the Dozen, Money Talks and Daddy Day Camp.
  • In 2009's Template:Greatest, Bill Murray (in a cameo) actually regretted starring in Garfield.
  • Jack Nicholson and Dan Aykroyd were both considered to voice Garfield in the film.
  • Jim Carrey, Ben Stiller, and Adam Sandler were all considered for the role of Jon, but were too expensive.
  • Jennifer Garner, Cameron Diaz, and Drew Barrymore were all considered for the role of Liz.

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