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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: According to newspaper articles from 1989, ''Marvin, Baby of the Year'' was planned to be the first of a number of Marvin animated TV specials. It was the only one that was made and it's unknown why more weren't done.


* FollowTheLeader: It can be suspected that Armstrong tried to replicate the ComicStrip/{{Garfield}} formula with a baby, as both strips' title characters share aspects: Orange hair/fur, overweight, communication via thought bubbles, etc.

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* FollowTheLeader: It can be suspected that Armstrong tried to replicate the ComicStrip/{{Garfield}} ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' formula with a baby, as both strips' title characters share aspects: Orange hair/fur, overweight, communication via thought bubbles, etc.



** Also, a whole genre of media featuring babies talking and thinking such as WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}, Film/LookWhosTalking, LiveActionTelevision/{{Baby Talk}}, and Film/BabyGeniuses.

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** Also, a whole genre * KeepCirculatingTheTapes: The ''Marvin, Baby of media featuring babies talking and thinking such as WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}, Film/LookWhosTalking, LiveActionTelevision/{{Baby Talk}}, and Film/BabyGeniuses.the Year'' TV special has never been released on home video.


* TheMerch: Another clue that Armstrong was mimicking Garfield: there was some Marvin merchandise in TheEighties available such as drinking glasses, books, stickers, etc.

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* TheMerch: Another clue that Armstrong was mimicking Garfield: there was some Marvin merchandise in TheEighties available such as drinking glasses, books, stickers, etc.etc.
* WriteWhoYouKnow: Armstrong [[WordOfGod admitted in interviews]] that Marvin and his cousin Megan were based on his own children, Jonathan and Jennifer.


* TheMerch: Another clue that Armstrong was mimicking Garfield: there was some Marvin merchandise in TheEighties available such as drinking classes, books, stickers, etc.

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* TheMerch: Another clue that Armstrong was mimicking Garfield: there was some Marvin merchandise in TheEighties available such as drinking classes, glasses, books, stickers, etc.


** Also, a whole genre of media featuring babies talking and thinking such as WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}, Film/LookWhosTalking, LiveActionTelevision/{{Baby Talk}}, and Film/BabyGeniuses.

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** Also, a whole genre of media featuring babies talking and thinking such as WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}, Film/LookWhosTalking, LiveActionTelevision/{{Baby Talk}}, and Film/BabyGeniuses.Film/BabyGeniuses.
* TheMerch: Another clue that Armstrong was mimicking Garfield: there was some Marvin merchandise in TheEighties available such as drinking classes, books, stickers, etc.


** The strip also seems to have started aping the comedy of ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'', such as imagine spots that start with a monster/disaster and end with Marvin doing something to imitate it, a furry four-legged companion that makes comments and walks on his hind legs, childlike observations about things that his parents do, and the occasional renaming of the comic to Marvin and Bitsy even when Bitsy isn't present.

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** The strip also seems to have started aping the comedy of ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'', such as imagine spots that start with a monster/disaster and end with Marvin doing something to imitate it, a furry four-legged companion that makes comments and walks on his hind legs, childlike observations about things that his parents do, and the occasional renaming of the comic to Marvin and Bitsy even when Bitsy isn't present.present.
** Also, a whole genre of media featuring babies talking and thinking such as WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}, Film/LookWhosTalking, LiveActionTelevision/{{Baby Talk}}, and Film/BabyGeniuses.

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* FollowTheLeader: It can be suspected that Armstrong tried to replicate the ComicStrip/{{Garfield}} formula with a baby, as both strips' title characters share aspects: Orange hair/fur, overweight, communication via thought bubbles, etc.
** The strip also seems to have started aping the comedy of ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'', such as imagine spots that start with a monster/disaster and end with Marvin doing something to imitate it, a furry four-legged companion that makes comments and walks on his hind legs, childlike observations about things that his parents do, and the occasional renaming of the comic to Marvin and Bitsy even when Bitsy isn't present.

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