Garfield Gets Real
Garfield Gets Real (also known as Garfield 3D in some regions) is a 2007 American CGI movie starring Garfield. It was produced by Paws, Inc. in cooperation with Davis Entertainment, and The Animation Picture Company and distributed by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. It was written by Garfield's creator Jim Davis, who started working on the script in the fall of 1996. This was the first fully animated Garfield film since the last Garfield and Friends TV episode aired in 1995, and the first to be written by Davis since the 1991 television special Garfield Gets a Life. The movie was released in theaters August 9, 2007, and the DVD was shipped to stores on November 20, 2007. Gregg Berger, an actor from the original series, reprises his role of Odie, but Garfield is now voiced by veteran voice actor Frank Welker, since the original actor Lorenzo Music died in 2001 and Jon is voiced by Wally Wingert, as Thom Huge retired that same year. The film's success led to two sequels: Garfield's Fun Fest (2008) and Garfield's Pet Force.
- The animations looks extremely plastic which looks really offputting. Even The Garfield Show, which is by the same production company and is criticized by fans for looking cheap, has better animation and the extra's models are more faithful to Jim Davis' style than in this movie.
- The characters are extremely dumbed down, especially Garfield, who is no longer sarcastic and is more gentle, and the new additions to the cast are unnecessary and unlikable.
- Garfield moves his mouth when he's speaking, which isn't supposed to be the case since he's thinking all of his dialogue, and none of the other characters can hear him, which is really confusing.
- The main plot starts only 24 minutes into the film, which is really bad since the film is rather short.
- The real world doesn't have any real differences to the Comic World that Garfield lives in, making the real world plot extremely pointless.
- Some of the character designs are ugly. While the main cast is designed decently, the side and extra characters look horrendous due to poorly drawn outlines. This is a recurring theme in all 3 films of this trilogy of sorts.
- Bland humor.
- The film uses an edited fan comic that contains profane language in the background, implying the animators just went onto Google and searched some random Garfield comics and used anything they could get.
- It is nice to see Arlene appear for the first time in animation since Garfield and Friends.
- The idea of the comics being set up as if they were a play, with a stage, actors, props, and whatnot, is actually a unique concept.
- The voice actors are somewhat decent.
- Dagwood from the comic strip Blondie makes a cameo appearance. Grimm from Mother Goose and Grimm also makes a cameo.
- Unlike the other films, this one tries to stay loyal to the source material.
- There are some funny moments here and there.
- The animation fits well with the concept.
- The music in the movie is good, such as the opening theme.