[[caption-width-right:300:The big screen may not be ''big enough''...]]

A LiveActionAdaptation of the popular comic strip ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}''. It was released in 2004 by TwentiethCenturyFox. It starred Creator/BillMurray as the voice of Garfield, Breckin Meyer as Jon, and Creator/JenniferLoveHewitt as Liz. It was directed by Pete Hewitt. [[note]] no relation to Jennifer[[/note]]

The plot deals with Garfield, as lazy and fat as ever, being the extreme {{Jerkass}} and DeadpanSnarker he is. Jon Arbuckle buys a dog named Odie because his extreme crush, Liz Wilson told him to. Needless to say, Garfield doesn't like this, but then Odie gets kidnapped by a [[BigBad villain]] named "Happy Chapman" (Creator/StephenTobolowsky). Garfield sets out on an adventure to rescue Odie...and get back to his beloved chair!

The movie was followed with a sequel in 2006, called ''Garfield: A Tail Of Two Kitties''. In it, Liz goes to England to make a speech, and while she, Jon, and Garfield are there, Garfield [[PrinceAndPauper gets his life mixed up with that of an English cat named Prince]] (voiced by Creator/TimCurry). But the dastardly Lord Dargis (Creator/BillyConnolly) wants the cat out of the picture so he can inherit Carlyle Castle.

There were also three [[AllCGICartoon CGI]] DirectToVideo {{Non Serial Movie}}s from 2007, 2008, and 2009: ''Garfield Gets Real'', about Garfield getting sick of his job as a comic strip character and going to the real world, ''Garfield's Fun Fest'', about Garfield trying to get Arlene back from a cat named "Ramone", and ''Garfield's Pet Force'', a spin off showing the characters as superheroes.

After Fox's film rights to the character expired, it was announced in 2016 that ''Garfield'' would have its film franchise rebooted at Alcon Entertainment. The new franchise will consist entirely of CGI-animation, rather than the live-action/CGI hybrid style of the Fox film series. Jim Davis, who had no involvement in Fox's franchise, will be executive producer of that series.

!!The live-action movies contain examples of:
* {{Acrofatic}}: Especially in the second movie, where Garfield busts out some ''serious'' dance moves. It's a stark contrast to his usual laziness in the comics.
* AdaptationalPersonalityChange: Nermal went from "the cutest cat in the world" who rubs it in Garfield's face to his best friend [[CaptainObvious who points out the obvious]].
* AlternativeForeignThemeSong: The Flemish version of the first movie has [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxAwPIimbxI Laat Me Vrij]] (Set Me Free) by X!NK.
* BadNewsIrrelevantNews: Used at one point in ''A Tail Of Two Kitties'':
--> '''Ferret''': Okay everyone, I've got good news and bad news. Which do you want first?
--> '''Everyone''': Bad news.
--> '''Ferret''': Okay, the bad news is that Prince is floating away in the river.
--> '''Bulldog''': Then what's the good news?
--> '''Ferret''': He was in a lovely picnic basket!
* BigBad: Happy Chapman in the first film and Lord Dargis in the second.
* BritishRoyalGuards: Garfield comes across one during ''A Tail of Two Kitties'' and tried to get him to crack. He fails. Then Odie [[UrineTrouble pees on the man's trousers]]. ''[[SubvertedTrope That]]'' [[SubvertedTrope gets him to crack]].
--> '''Garfield''': [''frantically running away as the soldier chases after him''] The British are coming! The British are coming!
* CarCushion: Doubly subverted in the first movie. Garfield's so heavy he falls straight through the ceiling of the truck. [[TrademarkFavoriteFood Into lasagna.]]
* ContrivedCoincidence: The plot of the second film hinges on a few: Prince just ''happens'' to wash up near Jon and get mistaken for Garfield; Smithee just ''happens'' to come across Garfield and mistake him for Prince; Liz just ''happens'' to be visiting the Carlyle Estate during the climax. Any one of those things not happening would have completely derailed it.
* CosmicDeadline: A villainous example: in order for Carlyle Estate to pass on to him, Lord Dargis has to get rid of Prince before the lawyers arrive to sign the deeds over to Prince. He thinks he's succeeded, and has a massive OhCrap moment when he realizes Prince is still alive.
* DartboardOfHate: In ''Tale of 2 Kitties''; The greedy Lord Dargis is throwing darts at a portrait of Prince (who [[IdenticalStranger looks exactly like Garfield]]) when the phone rings. As Dargis answers the phone, a goat places a mousetrap next to his darts. Then Dargis hangs up and reaches for another dart, only for the mousetrap to snap his hand, and he screams in pain.
* DepravedKidsShowHost: Happy Chapman. While he may ''look'' like he lives up to his name, in reality he is very arrogant, allergic to cats, and wants a dog to star in his show to overshadow his more successful twin brother newscaster Walter.
-->'''Happy Chapman''': Oh, please, what a know-it-all! And everybody always said I was the handsome one, I was the smart one, and I was born first. But there you are "live from the Hague". And here I am working with this sack of dander on a dead-end regional morning show.
* DisasterDominoes: Garfield's destruction of Jon's living room in the first movie. At the end, a large shelf falls and perfectly misses Garfield.
* DistinctionWithoutADifference: In the second film, when Jon explains the mix-up between Garfield and Prince to Smithee:
-->'''Smithy:''' Are you saying you have a cat that's Prince's {{Doppelganger}}?
-->'''Jon:''' No, I'm saying they look exactly alike, and there's a chance they may have gotten mixed up.
* TheDogBitesBack: Or rather, the cat bites back. Persnikitty (real name Sir Roland) [[TheCavalry led the escaped animals from the pound to attack Happy Chapman]].
* EvilChancellor: Lord Dargis in the second film. He's (perhaps justifiably) outraged when his aunt Eleanor leaves her entire estate to her cat rather than him, and resolves to get Prince out of the way before the deeds can be signed over to him.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The first movie opens up with the song "Holla" By Baha Men, which contains the uncensored lyrics; "Drop the top and dance all night"
* GroinAttack: Dargis is subjected to one in the second film. From a ''rottweiler'', no less.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Dargis tries to train his rottweiler, Rommel, to seek out Prince (actually Garfield) and savage him to death. Winston the pitbull intercepts Rommel before he can do so and retrains him to attack Dargis' trousers, leading to the aforementioned GroinAttack.
* HumanFocusedAdaptation: The first movie came out at a time when in the comic, Liz looked down on Jon, when somehow she's madly in love with him in the movie. The comic would later follow suit.
** Mostly averted, as the film seemed to focus more on Garfield, especially in his efforts to rescue Odie.
* HypocriticalHeartwarming: Garfield treats Odie horribly throughout the film, but when [[JerkAss Happy Chapman]] [[KickTheDog tortures Odie with a]] ShockCollar, Garfield is visibly disgusted by Chapman's actions.
--> '''Garfield''': Poor Odie. He faces a life of torture, neglect and degradation. Hey, nobody gets to mistreat my dog like that except me!
* LargeHam: Bill Murray as Garfield. Oh, so much.
* LetsSeeYOUDoBetter: A CollectorsEdition {{DVD}} of the first movie has a tool for making your own ''Garfield'' strips.
* LiveActionAdaptation: But with a CGI Garfield.
* MirrorRoutine: In ''A Tale of Two Kitties'', Garfield and Prince do this when they finally meet, over a hedge arch. They desynchronize once Garfield tries some wicked dance moves, but he's so focused on said dance moves that he doesn't realize, and it's only once he breathes in Prince's face, causing him to faint, that the routine falls apart.
-->'''Garfield:''' Ha! I knew you weren't me!
* MistreatmentInducedBetrayal: Throughout the second film, Smithee the butler is ordered around and bullied by Lord Dargis, before finally being convinced to go on a vacation so Dargis can have one last go at killing Prince without Smithee being around to see it. At the end of the film, it's Smithee who calls the police on Dargis, and as Dargis is being dragged away yelling for Smithee to back him up, Smithee just cheerily waves him off.
* NotGoodWithRejection: Happy Chapman when Jon declines his TV promotion for Odie after he wins the dog show--though Chapman does ''pretend'' to be good with rejection.
* NotTheFallThatKillsYou: In the first movie, Garfield stumbles out the window of a tall building, and survives by landing in a lasagna truck. Ignore the fact that he hit the solid metal top of it first, which would be a solid floor with an impact equal to having hit the ground, if not more so. (Justified, as he is a cat.)
* PlotHole: A minor one. At the climax of the second film, when Dargis finally realizes there are two identical cats, Garfield [[BreakingTheFourthWall breaks the fourth wall]] and quips, "For those of you keeping score at home, that's ''eighteen'' lives". Except it isn't, because Garfield had stated earlier in the film that he'd already lost a few of his.
** WritersCannotDoMath
* PrinceAndPauper: The main plot of ''A Tail Of Two Kitties''. For bonus points, the "prince" cat is actually ''named'' Prince. The UK version was even called ''[[PunBasedTitle The Prince and the Paw-per]]''.
* PunnyName: The second film (set in London, as a reminder) has a character named Abby Westminster.
* RealSongThemeTune: In the first ''Garfield'' movie, Garfield turns on the TV and the Music/BlackEyedPeas' "Hey Mama" starts playing, which makes Odie dance. The song played again during the contest, this time on the radio.
* {{Retcon}}: Jon buys Odie from a pet shop in the first movie, when in the comic strip, Jon's former roommate Lyman gave him to him.
* RiskyBusinessDance: The first movie's trailer.
* RousingSpeech: Garfield gives one to the Carlyle Castle animals in the second film to encourage them to... make a perfect lasagne. This ''is'' Garfield we're talking about, after all.
* ShoutOut: The first movie has ones to ''Film/ApocalypseNow'', ''Film/CapeFear'', ''Disney/TheLionKing'', ''Film/JerryMaguire'', ''Film/{{Apollo 13}}'', and ''VideoGame/Rayman3HoodlumHavoc''.
** Also, Garfield watches TV at one point in the first movie, and watches a bit of ''CheaperByTheDozen'', ''{{Lassie}}'', ''Film/OldYeller'', ''Benji'', ''Oh Heavenly Dog'', ''Far From Home: The Adventures of Yellow Dog'', and ''The Best *** Sports Show Period''. Also, ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', and ''Film/AnAffairToRemember'' are on the TV at other points in the movie.
** ''Tail of Two Kitties'' has [[UpToEleven even MORE]], to ''Film/TheMalteseFalcon'', ''Literature/TheUglyAmerican'', ''Born Free'', ''Fists of Fury'', ''Film/TheJeffersons'', ''Film/HistoryOfTheWorldPartI'', ''Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo'', ''TheSilenceOfTheLambs'', ''Film/FreeWilly'', ''Series/FearFactor'', and ''Literature/OliverTwist''.
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: In the first movie. Liz says the reason why she has a crush on Jon since high school because he has always been nicer than the other boys.
-->'''Jon:''' Liz, I have a confession... It's not really a confession, it's more of an admission. It's a... you know, it's like a declaration. I have a....
-->'''Liz:''' I love it when you do that!
-->'''Jon:''' Do what?
-->'''Liz:''' Y'know, trip over yourself. It's cute... It's one of the reasons why I had a crush on you in high-school.
-->'''Jon:''' You had a crush on me?
-->'''Liz:''' Yeah... I thought you were really cute, decent, not like all those other jerks.
* SphereEyes: Garfield only. Which is slightly creepy to some, even for a CGI talking animal in a live action movie.
* StarringSpecialEffects: Garfield is CGI in a live-action setting.
* TheTropeFormerlyKnownAsX: "Obviously that cat is not Prince." "He's not even the cat formerly known as Prince."
* VillainousBreakdown: By the time Garfield, Prince, and the Carlisle Castle animals are finished with Lord Dargis, he's reduced to a gibbering wreck.
-->'''Lord Dargis''': It was the animals, you know. They were plotting against me. Ask Smithy, he'll vouch for me. '''SMITHYYY!'''

!!The CGI movies contain examples of:
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Shecky (a cat from the Real World who was brought into the Cartoon World at the end of ''Garfield Gets Real'') only cameos in ''Fun Fest'' afterward.
* DancePartyEnding: ''Garfield Gets Real''.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: At one point in ''Garfield Gets Real'', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4UhclY-nMgA#t=34s Garfield and Odie hide behind a poster of themselves with a black-and-white comic as the background.]] The comic is a grayscale version of [[http://i.imgur.com/nO6aQ.gif this edited strip]]. Most of the time, it's too blurry to read the text, but [[http://i56.tinypic.com/szjser.png when Garfield and Odie react to Hale and Hardy's introduction, the text that isn't blocked is fully visible]]. That's right, '''they canonized Jon dropping the F-bomb.''' (The movie ''is'' unrated, but it's still pretty shocking that they let that slip by.)
* SpinOff: ''Pet Force''.