Trivia / Garfield

The comic strip

The film version

  • Actor Allusion: Bill Murray, well known for playing Peter Venkman in the original Ghostbusters duology, played Garfield in both movies. In The Real Ghostbusters, Lorenzo Music was the first voice of Peter Venkman,note  and was also the official "voice" of Garfield throughout both the franchise, and Lorenzo's life.
  • California Doubling: In the second film, the city of York in northern England stands in for London. Noticeable in that the "London" seen in the film is a very hilly place, whereas the real London is almost entirely flat.
  • Old Shame:
  • Preview Piggybacking: Arguably, the only reason anyone saw the first movie when it aired on The Hub was to see the Equestria Girls commercial that premiered on it (the song, the film wasn't out until two years later). This got lampshaded in a comic that showed a screenshot from the movie, Pinkie Pie's family looking at it in disbelief, a screenshot from the commercial, and the family with happy expressions.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Jim Carrey, Ben Stiller, and Adam Sandler were all considered for the role of Jon, but were all too expensive.
    • Jennifer Garner was considered for the role of Liz.
    • Thomas Lennon turned down the role of Happy Chapman because of scheduling conflicts with Reno 911.

Animated versions:

  • Executive Meddling: A strip Jim Davis intended to replicate in Here Comes Garfield had to be changed because the network wouldn't allow Garfield to put his hands on Jon's neck. Davis had to change it to Garfield shaking and grabbing Jon's cheeks.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Sandy Kenyon voiced Jon Arbuckle in Here Comes Garfield, but all other traditionally animated Garfield specials, including Garfield and Friends, used Thom Huge as Jon's voice actor. Then Breckin Meyer played him in the live-action movies Garfield and Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties. After that, Garfield Gets Real, Garfield's Fun Fest, Garfield's Pet Force and The Garfield Show utilized Wally Wingert's voice for Jon.
    • Strangely, Huge (rhymes with "loogie") has literally no other credits. According to Mark Evanier, Thom Huge was one of Jim Davis' associates at Paws, Inc.
    • After the death of Lorenzo Music, Garfield has been voiced by several other voice actors, most notably Bill Murray in The Movie. Frank Welker is his most recent replacement.
  • The Pete Best: In the very first animation that aired on The Fantastic Funnies (1980), adapting five newspaper strips, Garfield was voiced by Scott Beach. Starting with Here Comes Garfield, Lorenzo Music was his voice actor for all the animated adaptations until his death in 2001.