By user12607856 on Nov 27, 2004
The movie, not the cartoons. Pay-per-view now has it playing every half hour, so Duncan and I sat down to watch it yesterday afternoon. I've no idea what the original demographic for this movie was, but let's just say that it went down well with a six year old boy if the amount of hysterical giggling is anything to go by. Or he could just have been really tired and was desparately trying to stay awake. Personally I thought the movie was blah.
See the IMDb entry for the synopsis, cast of actors and their extended movie review. My further comments:
The film makers generated Garfield well. As the owner of what used to be a fat cat (who's not so fat now that we have a dog - but that's another story), I can vouch that Garfield was doing all the right fat cat-like things. Good voice-over by Bill Murray. Garfields manner and tone felt right for a fat cat but didn't feel truly authentic to the way I remembered the cartoon strips. Garfield on paper was a lot lazier and unhelpful and Me Me Me! than the Garfield in the film. As IMDb notes, the Garfield TV cartoon series (in 2D) got it right.
As for the other actors. Well, let's just say that no actor suffered for their art in the making of this movie. Just the grown-ups in the audience. But then again, maybe that's exactly right. If you were expecting a real acting performance out of the supporting cast, you were looking at this the wrong way. Unlike Scobby-Doo, (the other recent mainstream 3D generated animal character in a movie), Garfield is the main character; not one of several. Focus should be on the cat. They got this right. Interactions with Odie, "the dumb dog" were excellently done.
I did appreciate that the movie wasn't longer than 80 minutes, which was all the time it needed (and then some). I don't think there will ever be a Garfield 2, and we won't be buying the DVD either.
After the movie, Pay-per-view were showing a preview of Robots, the next animated adventure from the creators of Ice Age. Coming to theatres in Spring 2005. That looks like it'll be worth going to.