Film / Garfield
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A Live-Action Movie based off the popular comic strip Garfield. It was released in 2004 by 20th Century Fox. It starred Bill Murray as Garfield, Breckin Meyer as Jon, and Jennifer Love Hewitt as Liz. It was directed by Pete Hewitt.

The plot deals with Garfield, as lazy and fat as ever, being the extreme Jerkass and Deadpan Snarker 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 villain named "Happy Chapman" (Stephen Tobolowsky). 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 gets his life mixed up with that of an English cat. But the dastardly Lord Dargis (Billy Connolly) wants the cat out of the picture so he can inherit Carliyle castle

There were also three CGI Direct-to-Video Non Serial Movies 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:

  • Adaptational Personality Change: Nermal went from "the cutest cat in the world" who rubs it in on Garfield's face to his best friend who points out the obvious.
  • Bad News, Irrelevant News: 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!
  • Car Cushion: Doubly subverted in the first movie. He's so heavy he falls straight through the ceiling of the truck. Into lasagna.
  • Depraved Pet Show Host: 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.
  • Disaster Dominoes: Garfield's destruction of Jon's living room in the first movie. At the end, a large shelf falls and perfectly misses Garfield.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Or rather, the Cat bites back, Persnikitty (real name Sir Roland) led the escaped animals from the pound to attack Happy Chapman.
  • Groin Attack: Dargis is subjected to one in the second film. From a Rottweiler, no less.
  • Human-Focused Adaptation: 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 seem to focus more on Garfield, especially in his efforts to rescue Odie.
  • Hypocritical Heartwarming: Garfield treats Odie horribly throughout the film, but when Happy Chapman tortures Odie with a Shock Collar, Garfield is visibly disgusted by Chapman's actions.
    Garfield: Hey, nobody gets to mistreat my dog like that except me!
  • Large Ham: Bill Murray as Garfield. Oh, so much.
  • Let's See You Do Better: A Collectors Edition DVD of the first movie has a tool for making your own Garfield strips.
  • Live-Action Adaptation
  • Mirror Routine: 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!
  • No, Except Yes: In the second film, when Jon explains the mix-up between Garfield and Prince to Smithy:
    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.
  • Not Good with Rejection: 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.
  • Not the Fall That Kills You: In the first movie, Garfield stumbles out the window of a tall building, and survives by landing in a lasagna truck. Ignore that 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.)
  • Plot Hole: At the climax of the second film, when Dargis finally realizes there are two identical cats, Garfield breaks the fourth wall and says, "For those of you keeping score at home, that's eighteen lives". However, Garfield had stated earlier in the film that he had already lost a few of his nine lives, so it wouldn't total eighteen.
  • Prince and Pauper: The main idea of A Tail Of Two Kitties.
  • Real Song Theme Tune: In the first Garfield movie, Garfield turns on the TV and the song called "Hey Mama" by the Black Eyed Peas plays in its music video, which makes Odie dance. The song would repeat again in the contest, this time from the radio.
  • Retcon: Jon buys Odie from a pet shop in the first movie, despite the fact that in the strip, Jon's former roommate Lyman gave him to him.
  • "Risky Business" Dance: The first movie's trailer.
  • Rousing Speech: Garfield gives one to the Carlisle Castle animals in the second film to encourage them to... make a perfect lasagne. This is Garfield we're talking about, after all.
  • Shout-Out: The first movie has ones to Apocalypse Now, Cape Fear, The Lion King, Jerry Maguire, Apollo 13, and Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: 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.
  • Sphere Eyes: Garfield only. Which is slightly creepy to some, even for a CGI talking animal in a live action movie.
  • Starring Special Effects
  • The Trope Formerly Known as X: "Obviously that cat is not Prince." "He's not even the cat formerly known as Prince."

The CGI movies contain examples of: