Garfield Goes Hollywood
The Title
Created byJim Davis
Written byJim Davis
Directed byPhil Roman
StarringLorenzo Music
Thom Huge
Gregg Berger
Nino Tempo
Frank Welker
Desirée Goyette
Theme music composerEd Bogas and Desirée Goyette (music and lyrics)
Desirée Goyette, Lou Rawls, Lorenzo Music and Thom Huge (vocals)
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Production
ProducerPhil Roman
CinematographyRolf Saxon
Tim Whintall
EditorsSam Horta
Mark R. Crookston
Timothy J. Borquez
Running time24 minutes
Production companiesFilm Roman
United Media Productions
Original release
NetworkCBS
ReleaseMay 8, 1987 (1987-05-08)
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Garfield Goes Hollywood is a 1987 American animated television special based on the Garfield comic strip. It once again featured Lorenzo Music as the voice of Garfield. The special was first broadcast May 8, 1987 on CBS and was nominated for Outstanding Animated Program at the 39th Primetime Emmy Awards.[1] It has been released on both VHS and DVD home video.

This was the sixth of twelve Garfield television specials made between 1982 and 1991. In the special, Garfield attempts to raise money to go to Hollywood and appear on Pet Search.[2]

Storyline

Garfield and Odie believe their dance routines (as performed atop a fence at night) cannot be beaten and so does Jon. They happen to be watching "Pet Search" (a pets' version of Star Search) when after Garfield opines that they could come up with a better act, Jon agrees, and they come up with a great idea to go on the show when they see that a shoddy act won last week. Jon is hoping to win the $1,000 prize, which Garfield is unimpressed with. They perform as an Elvis style trio called "Johnny Bop and the Two-Steps" (rather reluctantly, because they did not want Jon involved in their act, as they think he is awful at music). Garfield believes it is embarrassing because they all have to wear kitschy 1950's-era costumes.

Despite the silly act, they win the regional competition (after a dog that plays five instruments simultaneously is disqualified after Odie exposes him as just a man in a dog costume) and are able to compete at the national competition in Hollywood. Garfield at first thinks he will embarrass himself in front of America, but changes his mind when he sees the glitz and glamour of Hollywood and gets lodged at a fancy hotel. Garfield and Odie agree that their act is too mediocre to win first prize, so they destroy Jon's guitar when he is not looking. Jon is more worried than shocked, saying the finals are around the corner and there is no act. Garfield tells Jon not to worry as they plan their own routine.

Meanwhile the "Pet Search" finals are underway with a different host named Burt and an announcer named Bob. Bob tells Burt about the prizes the top winner will receive such as a Hollywood contract, a trip around the world and $1,000,000 and the second place winner will receive a boat. While Jon, Garfield. and Odie watch the other competitors, Jon has a talk with them which is opposed to his giddiness at winning $1,000 in the first competition. Jon says winning all those prizes would be great, but the grand prize for them would be able to return home to the lives they had, to which Garfield thinks Jon has lost it. Garfield and Odie compete in the finals as a tango dancing duo called "The Dancing Armandos," only to receive the boat for second place and lose the top prize package to an opera-singing cat. Angry over losing, Garfield destroys the set, but Jon assures him they still have each other. The special ends back home where Garfield finally admits to Jon that it was all for the best that they are home again, as they are on their boat fantasizing about sailing to exotic locations worldwide, which the camera pans out to show it in their backyard and revealing they live in a landlocked part of the country.

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References

  1. ^ Woolery, George W. (1989). Animated TV Specials: The Complete Directory to the First Twenty-Five Years, 1962-1987. Scarecrow Press. pp. 166–167. ISBN 0-8108-2198-2. Retrieved 27 March 2020.
  2. ^ Terrace, Vincent (2013). Television Specials: 5,336 Entertainment Programs, 1936-2012 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. p. 162. ISBN 9780786474448.