Garfield Gets Real
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DVD and packaging
Directed byMark A.Z. Dippé
Written byJim Davis
Based onGarfield
by Jim Davis
Produced byJim Davis
John Davis
StarringFrank Welker
Gregg Berger
Audrey Wasilewski
Greg Eagles
Wally Wingert
Jason Marsden
Jennifer Darling
Pat Fraley
Neil Ross
Stephen Stanton
Fred Tatasciore
Edited byRob Neal
Music byKenneth Burgomaster
Production
companies
Distributed by20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Release date
  • November 20, 2007 (2007-11-20)
Running time
77 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$10 million
Box office$1.7 million

Garfield Gets Real (also known as Garfield 3D in some regions) is a 2007 American computer animated film based on the comic strip 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 autumn of 1996. This was the first fully animated Garfield production since the last Garfield and Friends TV episode aired in 1994, and the first to be written by Davis since the 1991 television special Garfield Gets a Life. 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 was voiced by veteran voice actor Frank Welker, since the original actor Lorenzo Music died six years earlier in 2001 and Jon is voiced by Wally Wingert, as Thom Huge retired that same year. The film received unfavorable reviews and it bombed at the box office.

Plot

Garfield lives with canine Odie and owner Jon Arbuckle in a world inhabited by comic/cartoon characters. Garfield and the gang work at Comic studios with other toons, such as his girlfriend Arlene, rival Nermal, Billy Bear, Randy Rabbit, & Wally & Bonita Stegman where the comics are made in their world and sent to "The Real World" where it's made in books & newspapers. Garfield is tired of the old jokes his friends crack and is bored with life in Comic World and longs to go to The Real World. The Comic Strip requires a bone for Odie, but he does not want to give back the bone and looks for a place to hide it. But he accidentally makes the bone go through the screen in the studio and it is sucked into the Real World.

Eli, the head technician, explains to the toons that the screen separates Comic World and The Real World with no way back. Garfield sees his chance and goes through the screen without anyone noticing. Later on, the toons realize Garfield is in the real world and Eli blocks the patch in the screen border by taping special tape on it, so no one can gain access to the real world. However, Odie jumps onto the screen trying to get his bone which is on the screen but actually is in the real world and gets sucked there as well. Garfield tries to get Odie back to Comic World, but fails to do so. Odie gets his bone back and he and Garfield go find some food. Garfield meets alley cat Shecky while Odie is chased by a gang of Chihuahuas who want his bone, but is saved by Garfield who grabs the bone and runs through a hole in a tree which is small for the Chihuahua's fat owner to get through.

The duo learn from Shecky that strays gets food by annoying the people who live in a building and the people start throwing food at Shecky. After dinner, he brings the duo to their new home, an abandoned inn populated by stray pets called Hotel Muncie, where he invites them to join his gang. The next day, the duo realize that their comic will be canceled unless they return home. Garfield finds an article asking people to try out and replace Garfield. The duo head for the place where they are doing try-outs and try to impress the judges, but fail and the judges hire Hale and Hardy, an equally muscular cat & dog, to replace them. The judges give Garfield & Odie one more chance: If they do not make it back home in 24 hours, Hale and Hardy will replace them. Garfield has an idea of building a big tunnel that can go through the screen and shares the idea with his friends back in Comic World.

Later that night, Hale and Hardy, who are determined to stop the duo, capture everyone in the inn and set the hotel on fire. Billy Bear, Wally and Jon go though the tunnel (which Wally dubs the Bonitinator due to the blade reminding him of his wife) to save the three friends, but the entire hotel is on fire and all the exits are blocked. Luckily, Shecky finds a fire-proof trash cart and Jon, Wally, Odie, Garfield and Shecky are about to escape when Odie realizes his bone is missing and finds it lying on a chandelier & jumps onto it. Garfield grabs Odie's paw on the second floor and tries to pull him onto the cart, but Odie pulls Garfield onto the chandelier instead, which is about to collapse. Garfield grabs Jon's hand and the entire cart is flung into the air as the chandelier collapses, causing the cart to fall to the ground with the chandelier on it. The cart crashes out of the hotel and the 6 are flung into the big tunnel as it closes, disappears and transported back to Comic World. The next day, everyone from both worlds (except Hale & Hardy) celebrate Garfield & Odie's return at the end of the film.

Cast

Cast Role
Frank Welker Garfield, Hardy, Keith, Prop Boy, Two Headed Guy, Goth Boy[1]
Wally Wingert Jon Arbuckle, Mike[1]
Gregg Berger Odie, Shecky, Hale
Jennifer Darling Bonita, Bobby, Rusty, Mother[1]
Pat Fraley[2] Sid, Delivery Gnome[1]
Jason Marsden Nermal
Neil Ross Wally, Charles[1]
Audrey Wasilewski Arlene, Zelda, Betty, Ashley
Stephen Stanton Randy Rabbit, Father
Greg Eagles Eli
Fred Tatasciore Billy Bear, Waldo, Eric
Rajia Baroudi Sheila, Concertina Girl
Harold Perrineau Husband
David Mitchie Tape Holder

Cameos

Similar to Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Toy Story, Garfield Gets Real has a few cameo appearances by licensed comic strip characters:

Reception

Box office

The film was only released theatrically in Turkey. The film started at second in its opening weekend, grossing $592,974 from 130 theaters, with an average of $4,561 per theater. The film stayed second the next weekend, falling 34.1% to $390,688, before dropping down to third in its third weekend, decreasing 30.9% to $269,798. The film fell down to fifth in its fourth weekend, decreasing 40.8% to $159,768.[3]

Critical reception

The film received mixed-to-negative reviews from critics.[4] Brian Costello awarded the film 2 out of 5 stars, criticizing the juvenile humor, but writing, "this movie is best for younger children and fans of the Garfield comic strip".[5]

Video game

A video game based on the film, Garfield Gets Real, was released in the United States in July 2009 and received negative reviews.

Sequels

Despite the negative reviews it spawned a franchise consisting of two sequels, Garfield's Fun Fest and Garfield's Pet Force.[6]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e Voice cast
  2. ^ http://www.avimelman.com/podcast/week4-avi-melman.mp3[bare URL AV media file]
  3. ^ "Garfield Gets Real". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved December 25, 2020.
  4. ^ "I'm Sorry, Jon: Every Garfield Movie, Ranked According To IMDb". Screen Rant. 2 December 2020. Retrieved December 25, 2020.
  5. ^ "Garfield Gets Real Movie Review". Common Sense Media. 19 March 2014. Retrieved December 25, 2020.
  6. ^ "Alcon Plans A Series of Fully-CG 'Garfield' Features". Cartoon Brew. 25 May 2016. Retrieved May 26, 2016.