Paws, Inc.
TypePrivately held company (1981–2019)
Subsidiary (2019–present)
Founded1981; 42 years ago (1981)
Muncie, Indiana
FounderJim Davis
ProductsFilm production, television production, comics, films
OwnerJim Davis (1981–2019)
Viacom (2019-2022)
Paramount Global (2022–present)
ParentNickelodeon Group (2019–present)

Paws Incorporated, legally known as Paws, Inc., is an American comic studio and production company founded by American cartoonist Jim Davis in 1981[1] to support the Garfield comic strips and its licensing. The company was originally located in Davis' home state of Indiana. Its building was established in Muncie in 1989, relocated from Davis' own farm when he was a boy.[2]

In 1994, the company purchased all rights to the classic Garfield comic strips from 1978 to 1993 from United Feature Syndicate, although United still holds the original black-and-white daily strips and original color Sunday strips. The full-color daily strips and recolored Sunday strips are copyrighted to Paws as they are considered a different product. The strip is currently distributed by Andrews McMeel Syndication (formerly Universal Press Syndicate and Universal Uclick), while rights for the strip remain with Paws, Inc. By 2015, the company employed almost fifty artists and administrators.[3]

In 2019, Davis sold Paws, Inc. to Viacom (now known as Paramount Global), including global merchandising and existing licensees. The deal put Paws under Viacom's Nickelodeon banner (which itself is part of its Kids & Family division).[4] The deal excluded the rights to the live action Garfield films from 2004 to 2006, which are now owned by The Walt Disney Company through its 20th Century Studios label,[4] as well as the upcoming animated Garfield film, which will be distributed by Sony Pictures.[5] Although Paws, Inc. is now effectively located in Manhattan, Davis will continue to draw the comic strips in Indiana for newspapers and Andrews McMeel Syndication.[6]


Television specials

Work Original release Studio Network
Here Comes Garfield 1982 Bill Melendez Productions
Lee Mendelson Productions
United Media
Garfield on the Town 1983
Garfield in the Rough 1984 Film Roman
United Media
Garfield's Halloween Adventure 1985
Garfield in Paradise 1986
Garfield Goes Hollywood 1987
A Garfield Christmas
Happy Birthday, Garfield 1988
Garfield: His 9 Lives
Garfield's Babes and Bullets 1989
Garfield's Thanksgiving
Garfield's Feline Fantasies 1990
Garfield Gets a Life 1991

Television series

Work Original release Studio Network
Garfield and Friends 1988–1994 United Media (seasons 1–6)
Lee Mendelson Productions (seasons 2–7)
Film Roman
The Garfield Show 2008–2016 Dargaud Media France 3 (France)
Cartoon Network (United States, seasons 1–3)
Boomerang (United States, seasons 4 and 5)
Garfield Originals 2019–2020 France 3
Untitled Garfield television series TBA Nickelodeon Animation Studio Nickelodeon

Feature films

Work Original release Studio Notes
Garfield: The Movie 2004 20th Century Fox
Davis Entertainment
Live-action/CGI Hybrid
Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties 2006 20th Century Fox
Davis Entertainment
Dune Entertainment
Major Studio Partners
Ingenious Film Partners
Garfield Gets Real 2007 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Davis Entertainment
The Animation Picture Company
Fully computer-animated, direct-to-video feature
Garfield's Fun Fest 2008
Garfield's Pet Force 2009
Garfield[5][7] 2024 Columbia Pictures
Alcon Entertainment
DNEG Animation
CG computer-animated


  1. ^ Kirby, Audrey J. (June 4, 2019). "Garfield HQ up for sale, proceeds to support Ball State Foundation". The Star Press.
  2. ^ Shuey, Mickey (June 19, 2018). "On the prowl: Behind the scenes at Garfield HQ". The Star Press. Retrieved June 19, 2018.
  3. ^ "Today in Comics History: A Celebration of Garfield". Comics Alliance. June 19, 2015.
  4. ^ a b Mullin, Benjamin (August 6, 2019). "Viacom, Hungry For Hits, Gobbles Garfield". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved August 12, 2019.
  5. ^ a b Rubin, Rebecca (November 1, 2021). "Chris Pratt to Voice Garfield in Upcoming Animated Movie". Variety. Retrieved November 2, 2021.
  6. ^ Porter, Rick (August 6, 2019). "New 'Garfield' Series Set at Nickelodeon". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 6, 2019.
  7. ^ Grobar, Matt (November 1, 2021). "'Garfield': Chris Pratt To Voice Title Character In Alcon Entertainment's Animated Film". Deadline. Retrieved November 2, 2021.