Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties
Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties(Also known as: Garfield 2 internationally, or referred to by some people as Garfield: The Movie 2) is a 2006 American family comedy film, and is the sequel to 2004's Garfield: The Movie, based on the comic strip of the same name and stars Breckin Meyer, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Billy Connolly, Ian Ambercrombie, Roger Rees, Lucy Davis, Oliver Muirhead, Bill Murray, Tim Curry, Bob Hoskins, Rhys Ifans, Vinnie Jones, Richard E. Grant, Jane Leeves, and Roscoe Lee Browne.
Jon Arbuckle plans to propose to his girlfriend Dr. Liz Wilson, who is going on a business trip to London. Jon follows her to the United Kingdom as a surprise; After escaping from the kennel, Garfield and Odie sneak into Jon's luggage and join him on the road trip. Garfield and Odie break out of the hotel room due to boredom, then get lost.
Meanwhile, at Carlyle Castle in the British countryside, the late Lady Eleanor's will is read. She leaves all of Carlyle Castle to Prince XII, her beloved cat who looks just like Garfield. This enrages the Lady's nephew, Lord Dargis, who will now only get the grand estate once Prince is out of the picture. Lord Dargis traps Prince in a picnic basket and throws him into the river.
Garfield inadvertently switches places with Prince: Jon finds Prince climbing out of a drain and takes him to the hotel, while Prince's butler Smithee finds Garfield in the street and takes him to Carlyle Castle.
In the grand estate Garfield is residing in, he receives the royal treatment, including a butler and a team of four-legged servants and followers. Garfield teaches his animal friends how to make lasagna, while Prince learns to adapt to a more humble setting, while in Jon's company. Lord Dargis sees Garfield and thinks Prince has come back - if the lawyers see Prince/Garfield they will not sign the estate over to Dargis, who secretly wants to destroy the barnyard and kill the animals to build a country spa. Dargis makes many attempts to kill Garfield, one involving a unmerciful but dim-witted Rottweiler, Rommel.
Eventually Garfield and Prince meet each other for the first time (spoofing the Marx brothers' mirror gag). Jon, with the help of Odie, discovers the mix-up and goes to the castle, which coincidentally Liz is visiting.
Garfield and Prince taunt Dargis, whose plan is exposed, and are seen by the lawyers. Dargis threatens everyone if they don't sign the papers to him, taking Liz hostage. Garfield, Prince, Odie and Jon save the day, Smithee alerts the authorities, and Dargis is arrested. Garfield, who had been trying to stop Jon from proposing to Liz, has a change of heart: He helps Jon in proposing, and she accepts.
- Unoriginal plot lines that have ripped off numerous other better films, especially The Aristocats.
- Overused cliches for upper class people.
- Garfield is once again an unlikable, one dimensional character who has had little to no character arc from the first film.
- Bill Murray hated voicing Garfield in the first film, but for some reason, reprises his role in this film.
- Many scenes in the film have loads of padding.
- The gags are re-hashed.
- Pointless subplots.
- Annoying and unlikable supporting animals.
- There's less product placement than in the first film.
- The concept of using the Prince and the Pauper story is very interesting since it’s rarely used in other films.
- It was a slight improvement over the original.
- The CGI is a bit of an improvement from the original
- Some of the scenes are funny, like Garfield farting himself in the set.
- The ending was pretty good.
- Some Garfield fans will like it.
Like the first film, Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties was met with negative reviews from critics. The series received a 10% on Rotten Tomatoes, the consensus reading, "Strictly for (very) little kids, A Tale of Two Kitties features skilled voice actors but a plot that holds little interest." On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 37 out of 100 based on reviews from 20 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B+" on an A+ to F scale, the same grade earned by its predecessor.
The film was nominated for two Golden Raspberry Awards in 2006, one in the category "Worst Prequel or Sequel", and one in the category "Worst Excuse for Family Entertainment", but lost to Basic Instinct 2 and RV, respectively.