History Headscratchers / Garfield

28th Feb '16 1:57:02 AM TheSnowSquirrel
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** I think it's probably made up. I can't find anything on it except this comic when I tried to search for the lyrics. Besides, using a real song would force the Davis and Co. to pay its artist for use.
1st Dec '15 4:04:26 PM nombretomado
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* What happened to the funny Garfield of my childhood? This isn't the "NostalgiaFilter" talking here (I hate that term anyway), Garfield, the character and the strip itself, were really different before and during my childhood. I cringe whenever I see Jon described as a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} because when I was growing up, ''Garfield'' was the Cloudcuckoolander, ''Jon'' was the StraightMan. At first Garfield was just doing those crazy things cats do, but later on he got more of an imagination. He would take on alter egos such as The Caped Avenger, Banana Man, Amoeba Man, etc. He would dress up in fruit or pretend to be a sumo wrestler. And there were so many more sight gags back then than there are now. Sometime after [[GarfieldAndFriends the animated version]] ended, it started becoming what it is today: a bland comic about a cat insulting his pathetic owner (Garfield has always insulted Jon, but like I said, there used to be more to the strip than that). The reason ''Webcomic/GarfieldMinusGarfield'' and other variations on the theme work is because Jon became the entertaining one. My question is: Why and how did this happen? Did Jim Davis think that after ''GarfieldAndFriends'' ended that kids wouldn't be interested in the title character anymore, so he stopped making him interesting? Or did he just run out of ideas? I know I'm asking a lot about a strip that was just made to make money... but it '''was''' much, much more clever once.
** I agree, and here's my theory on the subject: It's because Jim Davis can get away with it. At first, he had to really work to make money off Garfield, meaning he actually had to put great jokes in. After GarfieldAndFriends was made, he realised that he had a CashCowFranchise that won't die, so he can chuck in whatever crap he likes. Jim Davis was in it for the money, and he got it.

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* What happened to the funny Garfield of my childhood? This isn't the "NostalgiaFilter" talking here (I hate that term anyway), Garfield, the character and the strip itself, were really different before and during my childhood. I cringe whenever I see Jon described as a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} because when I was growing up, ''Garfield'' was the Cloudcuckoolander, ''Jon'' was the StraightMan. At first Garfield was just doing those crazy things cats do, but later on he got more of an imagination. He would take on alter egos such as The Caped Avenger, Banana Man, Amoeba Man, etc. He would dress up in fruit or pretend to be a sumo wrestler. And there were so many more sight gags back then than there are now. Sometime after [[GarfieldAndFriends [[WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends the animated version]] ended, it started becoming what it is today: a bland comic about a cat insulting his pathetic owner (Garfield has always insulted Jon, but like I said, there used to be more to the strip than that). The reason ''Webcomic/GarfieldMinusGarfield'' and other variations on the theme work is because Jon became the entertaining one. My question is: Why and how did this happen? Did Jim Davis think that after ''GarfieldAndFriends'' ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'' ended that kids wouldn't be interested in the title character anymore, so he stopped making him interesting? Or did he just run out of ideas? I know I'm asking a lot about a strip that was just made to make money... but it '''was''' much, much more clever once.
** I agree, and here's my theory on the subject: It's because Jim Davis can get away with it. At first, he had to really work to make money off Garfield, meaning he actually had to put great jokes in. After GarfieldAndFriends ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'' was made, he realised that he had a CashCowFranchise that won't die, so he can chuck in whatever crap he likes. Jim Davis was in it for the money, and he got it.



** He found [[GarfieldAndFriends Penelope]]? Less likely to sass him and more likely to give him a large Italian dinner? The choice is obvious.

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** He found [[GarfieldAndFriends [[WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends Penelope]]? Less likely to sass him and more likely to give him a large Italian dinner? The choice is obvious.



*** Yes, there was one episode of GarfieldAndFriends that actually showed Monday coming alive and attacking him or something.

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*** Yes, there was one episode of GarfieldAndFriends ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'' that actually showed Monday coming alive and attacking him or something.



* This isn't about the strip itself, but why do the {{DVD}}s of ''GarfieldAndFriends'' use the international prints of the show, where ''ComicStrip/USAcres'' is known as ''Orson's Farm''?

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* This isn't about the strip itself, but why do the {{DVD}}s of ''GarfieldAndFriends'' ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'' use the international prints of the show, where ''ComicStrip/USAcres'' is known as ''Orson's Farm''?
28th Nov '15 12:15:21 PM YasminPerry
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* Is the song [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1985/ga850630.gif featured in this strip]] a real song, or was it just made up?
19th Nov '15 2:42:21 PM EthanLac
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** [[http://battle-cats.wikia.com/wiki/Catburger_(Special_Cat) This is what a Catburger looks like.]]
19th Sep '15 1:09:30 PM TheSnowSquirrel
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* What exactly is a [[http://www.listen-project.de/garfield/index.php?date=24.06.1978&x=4&y=7 catburger?]] Is it a hamburger specifically meant for cats? Or, is Platypus Comix's theory correct, [[FatteningTheVictim meaning Jon may be fattening up Garfield all these years to make a hearty meal on the grill?]]
19th Sep '15 1:30:59 AM Green_lantern40
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** Dunno about you, but I like the new format. It's a lot simpler and easier to navigate through.
3rd Jul '15 11:52:53 PM getreadytoparty1991
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* Am I the only one who wondered where the stripes on Garfield's legs go when he stands up?
26th May '15 9:50:31 PM getreadytoparty1991
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**Don't worry, buddy. I'm annoyed too. Just today I phoned Paws, Inc. and told the receptionist about how he should only walk on two legs when it's absolutely necessary, and how jokes can work whether he's on four legs or two legs. I also asked for the return of the Caped Avenger, because I miss him. Also, his bipedal behavior can be justified there because he's pretending, you know, LIKE HE USED TO DO ALL THE TIME. The lady said she'd get that to the creator, and I hope we get to see a quadrupedal Garfield in the comics soon! Cheers!
23rd Mar '15 11:12:15 AM TheUnsquished
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** I always told myself that Lyman moved away, couldn't take Odie with him, and so Odie stayed with Jon. As for the meta reason, having Lyman around as a roommate meant that most of Jon's interactions would've been with him, and Garfield's role as the title character would've been overshadowed. Though in the TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot department, I could see a storyline where the focus is on Jon and Lyman's lives as post-college roommates in TheEighties, and Garfield's just a secondary character, making a great ''PennyArcade''-style webcomic.

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** I always told myself that Lyman moved away, couldn't take Odie with him, and so Odie stayed with Jon. As for the meta reason, having Lyman around as a roommate meant that most of Jon's interactions would've been with him, and Garfield's role as the title character would've been overshadowed. Though in the TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot department, I could see a storyline where the focus is on Jon and Lyman's lives as post-college roommates in TheEighties, and Garfield's just a secondary character, making a great ''PennyArcade''-style ''Webcomic/PennyArcade''-style webcomic.
21st Mar '15 9:09:41 PM Adept
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* This isn't about the strip itself, but why do the {{DVD}}s of ''GarfieldAndFriends'' use the international prints of the show, where ''USAcres'' is known as ''Orson's Farm''?

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* This isn't about the strip itself, but why do the {{DVD}}s of ''GarfieldAndFriends'' use the international prints of the show, where ''USAcres'' ''ComicStrip/USAcres'' is known as ''Orson's Farm''?
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