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The Garfield Show is a French/American CGI animated television series. Based on the American comic strip, Garfield, the series is executive produced by Garfield creator, Jim Davis, and co-written and voice directed by Mark Evanier, who also wrote most of the episodes for the Garfield and Friends series. Returning from Garfield and Friends are the voice actors Julie Payne (Liz) and Gregg Berger (Odie). Frank Welker replaces Lorenzo Music (due to his death in 2001) as the voice of Garfield, and Wally Wingert replaces Thom Huge (due to his retirement that same year) as the voice of Jon Arbuckle. Also returning is David Lander, reprising his role as Doc Boy from the earlier Garfield prime-time special A Garfield Christmas Special (1987). The show is produced by Dargaud Media and Paws Inc.[1] The show is directed by Philippe Vidal and the music is composed by Laurent Bertaud and Jean-Christophe Prudhomme.

The Garfield Show
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GenreComedy
Adventure
Created byJim Davis
Based onGarfield by Jim Davis
Developed byPhilippe Vidal
Robert Rea
Steve Balissat
Directed byPhilippe Vidal
Voices ofFrank Welker
Gregg Berger
Wally Wingert
Jason Marsden
Audrey Wasilewski
Julie Payne
Composer(s)Laurent Bertaud
Jean-Christophe Prudhomme
Country of originFrance
United States
Original language(s)French
English
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes109 (281 segments) (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Jim Davis
Robert Rea
Producer(s)Kim Campbell
Marie-Pierre Moulinjeune
Mark Evanier (supervising)
Running time22 minutes (Two 11-minute stories in each episode)
Production company(s)Dargaud Media
Paws, Inc.
DistributorMediatoon Distribution
Release
Original networkFrance 3 (France)
Cartoon Network (U.S.; 2009–12)
Boomerang (U.S.; 2015–16)
Picture formatHDTV 1080i
Original releaseNovember 2, 2009 (2009-11-02) –
October 24, 2016 (2016-10-24)
Chronology
Preceded byGarfield and Friends
Followed byGarfield Originals
External links
Website

Mark Evanier stated in February 2017 that the show is on hiatus.[2][3] The last episode aired on October 24, 2016.

Contents

PlotEdit

"Everyone's favorite fat cat Garfield returns to television in this new CG animated cartoon. To celebrate his 30th anniversary, every one of your favorite characters return too. Jon, Odie, Arlene, Nermal, and more return in the new series as well."[4]

The show features very loose continuity and is set in a different universe to the previous Garfield cartoon series Garfield and Friends. However, the show sometimes makes references to the previous one. Unlike the previous show, Liz is now considered a main character and has an official relationship with Jon to reflect their current status in the comic strip. The Garfield Show also reestablishes Arlene as Garfield's potential love interest, as in the comic strip, replacing Penelope from the previous show (despite being touted as a main character, her actual role in the series is relatively minor). In addition, unlike the previous series and animated specials, where Garfield thought instead of spoke his dialogue, Garfield is now a fully-fledged talking character.

The Garfield Show also features many new characters that are part of the regular cast such as Vito, an Italian chef whose cooking Garfield enjoys and Squeak, Garfield's mouse friend that lives in Jon's house (replacing Floyd from the previous show). Unlike Garfield and Friends, the U.S. Acres segments and characters are omitted.

EpisodesEdit

SeasonSegmentsEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast airedNetwork
15226November 2, 2009 (2009-11-02)December 23, 2009 (2009-12-23)Cartoon Network
25026December 13, 2010 (2010-12-13)June 28, 2011 (2011-06-28)
34326September 4, 2012 (2012-09-04)October 5, 2012 (2012-10-05)
42627October 6, 2015 (2015-10-06)September 2, 2016 (2016-09-02)Boomerang
514October 24, 2016 (2016-10-24)

CharactersEdit

MainEdit

RecurringEdit

  • Eddie Gourmand - A famous overweight food critic. His opinions on restaurants have a major impact on their success. He often crosses paths with Garfield, as they both enjoy Vito's cooking.
  • Dr. Whipple - A recurring antagonist who, while helping others, is usually out for his own gain. Garfield often foils his plans. He is a parody of Dr. Phil McGraw.
  • Professor Thaddeus Bonkers - A mad scientist who is really intelligent and yet really foolish as his inventions/discoveries always lead to disaster but he dismisses all that as the world "not ready for his genius".
  • Doc "Doc Boy" Arbuckle - Jon's younger brother who owns a farm. Jon always teases him by calling him "Doc Boy" much to his irritation.
  • Aunt Ivy - Jon and Doc Boy's bossy aunt that often harasses Jon whenever she comes to visit. She doesn't like anything and likewise it is hard to find anything that likes her.
  • Vito Cappelletti - An Italian chef who owns his own restaurant. Vito is a very ambiguous character either highly appreciating Garfield for saving his business often or determined to prevent Garfield from stealing his lasagnas or pizzas.
  • Harry - A stray cat that lives in Garfield's neighborhood. Harry is another ambiguous character that sometimes acts as a friend of Garfield and sometimes antagonizes him.
  • Drusilla and Minerva - Two annoying twins that like to dress up any animal they come across, which Garfield usually falls victim to. They are hinted to be either Jon's cousins or nieces but even they don't seem to know and claim that he's "some relative" of theirs.
  • Herman Post - The mailman that works in Garfield's neighborhood. Garfield often plays pranks on him for "delivering nothing but bills" much to his dismay. However, to his delight, he continues to get a higher salary for doing his job as other mailmen are too scared of Garfield to take his place.
  • Al the Dog Catcher - A clumsy dog catcher who is often fired for his incompetence only to be rehired as seemingly no one else can do the job any better.
  • Pete the Dog Catcher - Another dog catcher that sometimes acts as Al's associate. Usually they are hired together to catch Garfield and Odie.
  • The Evil Space Lasagnas - An alien race of living Lasagnas that try to conquer Earth, but after witnessing Garfield's ravenous appetite for lasagna, they are too fearful.
  • Hercules - A mean chihuahua "with a bad attitude" who is actually a troubled loner deep on the inside. He sometimes hangs out with Mademoiselle Fifi, the chihuahua belonging to Jon's boss.
  • Mr. Barker - Jon's former boss who commissions Jon's comics. He is a nice, yet often demanding, person.
  • Mr. Allwork - A lawyer and businessman who acts as an antagonist. He usually tries to come up with schemes to make himself richer but has a soft spot for his son Jack.
  • Esmeralda Brubaker - A museum curator who prioritizes science over any person's individual life. She'll stop at nothing to get what she wants and usually finds a way to do so legally.
  • Neferkitty - The leader of an ancient tribe of cats that once tried to take over the world and were banished to another dimension. Garfield tricks her into entering the human world alone where she is forcibly adopted by Liz's annoying niece Heather who renames her "Fuzzbutton" much to her chagrin. Since then, she swore vengeance on Garfield and Odie.

CastEdit

French voicesEdit

  • Gérard Surugue - Garfield, additional voices
  • Bruno Choël - Jon, additional voices
  • Gilbert Levy - Squeak, additional voices
  • Véronique Soufflet - Arlène, Dr. Liz Wilson, additional voices
  • Marc Saez - Nermal, additional voices
  • Philippe Bozo - Harry, additional voices
  • Eric Missoffe - Eddie Gourmand, additional voices

English voicesEdit

Main voicesEdit

Main cast members
       
Frank Welker Gregg Berger Wally Wingert Jason Marsden Julie Payne Audrey Wasilewski
Garfield, Eddie Gourmand, Cleaning Robot, Evil Space Lasagnas, T3000, Paddy, additional voices Odie, Squeak, Harry, Herman Post, Omar the Genie, additional voices Jon Arbuckle, Al the Dog Catcher, Hercules, Myron, additional voices Nermal, Vito, Liz's Father, Pete the Dog Catcher, Professor Bonkers, Humphrey, additional voices Dr. Liz Wilson, Liz's Mother, Mom Arbuckle Arlene, Gloria, Newscaster

Additional voicesEdit

DevelopmentEdit

The Garfield Show is a CGI series that started development in 2007 to coincide with the strip's 30th anniversary the following year premiering in France the following year.[6]

Following the previous animated series of Garfield that debuted in 1988, many of the crew members would return to work on The Garfield Show.

Lorenzo Music was replaced by Frank Welker in this series due to Music's death in 2001 while Wally Wingert replaced Thom Huge as Jon and Jason Marsden replaced Desirée Goyette as Nermal.

BroadcastEdit

The series premiered in France on France 3 on December 22, 2008.

English-language episodes started airing on Boomerang UK on May 5, 2009, and later also on Pop.

English-Language episodes started airing on Boomerang (Middle East and Africa) and on Boomerang (Central and Eastern Europe) on November 7, 2009.

It aired on YTV in Canada from September 13, 2009 to December 30, 2011.

In the United States, it aired on Cartoon Network from November 2, 2009 to May 30, 2014. It also aired on Boomerang from February 4, 2013 to December 30, 2016.[7]

Home mediaEdit

The Garfield Show home video releases
Season Title Episode count Release dates Episodes
Region 1
Vivendi releases
1 Odie Oh! 6 October 5, 2010 9, 20a, 21a, 22a, 25a
All You Need is Love (and Pasta) January 18, 2011 1b, 6b, 10a, 11b, 14b, 26a
Private-Eye Ventures April 12, 2011 1a, 2b, 4b, 11a, 13a, 15a
Spooky Tails August 23, 2011 2a, 3b, 15b, 17b, 18a, 24b
Dinosaurs Other Animal Adventures January 10, 2012 3a, 12, 14a, 16a, 21b
Summer Adventures 7 May 29, 2012 5b, 10b, 17a, 18b, 19a, 22b, 24a
It's Showtime! 6 February 18, 2014 8a, 4a, 6a, 7, 13b
Best Friends Forever July 29, 2014 5a, 16b, 23, 25a, 26b
Holiday Extravaganza 5 September 4, 2012 8b, 20b, 27, 32
2
Spring Fun Collection 6 February 19, 2013 30b, 24a, 36a, 47a, 50b, 51b
Pizza Dreams June 25, 2013 28b, 31a, 37a, 40b, 41a, 48a
A Purr-Fect Life! October 22, 2013 29a, 31b, 38b, 39, 50a
Techno Cat 7 November 4, 2014 33a, 38a, 42, 43a, 48b, 49a

ReceptionEdit

Despite receiving more episodes than usual for an animated series, The Garfield Show has received mixed reviews. Common Sense Media gave the show 3 stars out of 5, saying "Infamous cat's antics are fun, if not exactly message laden."[8]

Kevin Carr of 7M pictures gave the show 2 stars out of 5 stating that the animation felt unpolished compared to the direct-to-video movies and that the show was full of "throwaway stories" because it "aims for a more kid-friendly presentation of the fat feline." He concluded his review stating he preferred "old-school cell animation as the week-to-week series CGI looks too much like cheap video game emulations, but I’m not the target market of these things".[9]

Justin Felix of DVD talk gave the show 2.5 out of 5 stating that "The Garfield Show isn't some great work of art, but it efficiently delivers cartoon animal fun that little kids would probably enjoy. The animation is a tad rudimentary and clunky at times, but it's good enough to pass muster for cartoon fare of this type."[10]

Mike Gencarelli of Media Mikes gave the show 3.5 out of 5 stating "it doesn’t compare to the classic Jim Davis cartoon but it is all we have right now." [11]

The series has a 6.0 user score on Metacritic indicating mixed reviews.[12]

Video gameEdit

A party video game titled The Garfield Show: Threat of the Space Lasagna, was released in July 2010 for the Wii. It includes over 12 minigames and supports the Wii Balance Board and Wii Motion Plus. The game was critically panned for its short length, lack of interactivity and monotonous gameplay.[13]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The Garfield Show – Studios". The Garfield Show Diary.
  2. ^ Evanier, Mark. "ASK me". NewsFromMe.com. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  3. ^ Evanier, Mark. "ASK me". NewsFromMe.com. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  4. ^ "The Garfield Show". TV.com. CBS Interactive.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Evanier, Mark. "Why I Haven't Been Sleeping Lately…". NewsFromMe.com. Retrieved 5 March 2014.
  6. ^ "AWN Headline News". Animation World Network.
  7. ^ "Boomerang Schedule - Cartoon Network". Cartoon Network. Time Warner. December 19, 2013. Archived from the original on 2013-12-19.
  8. ^ "The Garfield Show". commonsensemedia.org.
  9. ^ "7M Pictures - 'The Garfield Show: Pizza Dreams' DVD Review". 7M Pictures.
  10. ^ "Garfield Show: Odie Oh!". DVD Talk.
  11. ^ "DVD Review "The Garfield Show: Holiday Extravaganza"". mediamikes.com.
  12. ^ "The Garfield Show". Metacritic.
  13. ^ "The Garfield Show: Threat of the Space Lasagna". IGN.

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