Trivia / Garfield

The comic strip

  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: A lot of the quotes attributed to him were either only said in merchandising and book covers, or said once in the strip and forgotten. "I'm not overweight, I'm undertall" was only ever said as such in the first compilation book, Garfield at Large (he later said it to the reader as part of one of his semi-annual National Fat Week strips), while "Big, fat hairy deal," though quite the catchphrase in its day, hasn't been said in at least three decades. Also, "We're bachelors, baby" has only shown up about 10 times.
  • Defictionalization
    • Being a teddy bear, Pooky gets this occasionally.
    • The website was briefly up just to see how many readers would look it up in the strip where Garfield visits a site by that name (the domain has since been bought by a coffee maker company).
  • Edited for Syndication: The October 20, 2002 strip originally quoted Robert Frost's "Nothing Gold Can Stay", but replaced it with original dialogue for the book and online reprints due to Frost's poetry still being under copyright.
  • Follow the Leader: Jim Davis developed a book format for the first Garfield compilation, which featured very wide pages to accommodate the three-panel strip horizontally as it appeared in the paper, as opposed to being vertically stacked like most comic strip trade books of the day. This wide-page format came to be known as the "Garfield format". Many other comic strips soon followed suit with their own books, including The Far Side and FoxTrot. Ironically, since 2001, Garfield itself no longer uses the Garfield format for its compilations, and the earlier "Garfield format" compilations have been republished in a more standard style.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: Two Garfield books: Babes and Bullets and Garfield: His 9 Lives are out of print, and neither are listed on the Garfield Website's store. Interestingly, the animated specials based on both books are listed on the Garfield Website store.
    • A 1986 compilation of original gags, The Unabridged Uncensored Unbelieveable Garfield, is also out of print.
  • Milestone Celebration: Every June 19 (the date the strip debuted) celebrates Garfield's 'birthday'. It's the only comic to celebrate its anniversary every year.
  • Missing Episode:
    • Most online archives inexplicably omit the first and fifth panels from the February 22, 1981 strip, as pointed out by Square Root of Minus Garfield. has fixed the strip, but GoComics still has those two panels missing.
    • For some reason, May 2-5, 1990 never made it into Garfield Takes Up Space, and the next book (Garfield Says a Mouthful) starts with the May 6. This is true of the "Fat Cat 3-Pack" reprints of those books, but they finally return in the colorized "square" reprint of Takes Up Space (they're also available on
  • Money, Dear Boy: Jim Davis make no secret of the fact that he created the strip to make money. He chose a cat as the subject because he felt it was a widely relatable topic. These days, he works more with the Garfield merchandise while only writing and thumb nailing the comics.
  • Reality Subtext: "When I go on a diet, Garfield goes on one too."
  • Recycled Script: Some gags have been repeated in the strip's 30+ year history.
  • Screwed by the Lawyers: There was a short run of Believe it, or don't gags... until PAWS Inc. got a cease-and-desist letter from the Robert Ripley estate.
  • Write What You Know: In the early days of the strip, Jim Davis would fall asleep at his desk at random intervals while writing. He turned this into Garfield's "nap attacks."
  • Write Who You Know:
    • Garfield is based on, and named for, Jim's grandfather.
    • Like Jim, Jon grew up on a farm and later moved to the city. Davis has also said that he's based some of Jon's dating disasters on some of his own dating experiences.

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: Argubly, 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.