Garfield: His 9 Lives
AuthorJim Davis
CountryUnited States
PublisherBallantine Books
Publication date
October 12, 1984

Garfield: His 9 Lives is a 1984 book of illustrated short stories that showcase the "nine lives" of Jim Davis' comic strip character Garfield. The book is divided into ten segments; the first one displays the creation of cats in general, where the latter nine reveal events in Garfield's nine lives. Each of the nine stories has a short preface of Garfield in his modern incarnation, and explains how these various lives shaped aspects of Garfield's personality, such as the origin of his fear of the veterinarian, his love of grinny behavior, his proclivity for a slothful lifestyle, and his extremely playful side. The book was later adapted into an animated television special in 1988, and a comic book by BOOM Studios from 2014 to 2015.

The book

Television special

Garfield: His 9 Lives
Title Card
Created byJim Davis
Written byJim Davis
David Kuhn (segment "In the Garden")
Jim Clements (segment "Space Cat")
George Herriman (uncredited)
Directed byPhil Roman
Doug Frankel
Ruth Kissane
Bill Littlejohn
Bob Nesler
Bob Scott
George Singer
John Sparey
StarringLorenzo Music
Thom Huge
Gregg Berger
Desirée Goyette
Narrated byGregg Berger (segment "Cave Cat")
Music byEd Bogas and Desirée Goyette
Lou Rawls (vocals)
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
ProducerPhil Roman
Running time48 min.
Production companiesFilm Roman
United Media
Paws, Inc.
Original networkCBS
Original releaseNovember 22, 1988 (1988-11-22)
Preceded byHappy Birthday, Garfield
Followed byGarfield's Babes and Bullets

The one-hour-long television adaptation produced in 1988 featured ten separate segments, just like the book. Six of these were adapted from the book, and an additional four were newly written for the show. The special aired on CBS on November 22, 1988.[1] The events of the special take place during the first season of Garfield and Friends.

"Babes and Bullets" was adapted into a television special of its own, Garfield's Babes and Bullets, the following year, and won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program of 1989. "The Vikings", "The Exterminators" and "Primal Self" have never been adapted for television. The special is included on the DVD Garfield's Fantasies. In 2018, a DVD version was released. This was the eighth of twelve Garfield television specials made between 1982 and 1991.

International television




The Philippines






Additional voices

The comic

From 2014 to 2015, BOOM Studios adapted His 9 Lives across four comics, with each story drawn by a different artist. It can be seen as a hybrid of the book and the special as, like the special, it features several lives created exclusively for it. Garfield's eighth life, the current one, is also left out altogether, with each life's prologue instead being set during the eighth life.[2]


  1. ^ Lenburg, Jeff (1999). The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons. Checkmark Books. p. 265. ISBN 0-8160-3831-7. Retrieved 6 June 2020.
  2. ^ Garfield's Nine Lives