Jon Arbuckle

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Jon Arbuckle
Garfield character
Jon arbuckle.svg
First appearance Garfield comic strip (June 19, 1978)
Created by Jim Davis
Portrayed by Breckin Meyer (Live-action Garfield films)
Joel Rifkin in Garfield Live
Voiced by Sandy Kenyon (1982)
Thom Huge (1983-2001)
Wally Wingert (2007-present)
Information
Species Human
Gender Male
Occupation Cartoonist
Family Garfield, Odie, "Mom", "Dad", Doc Boy, Grandma, Drisilla and Minerva, Aunt Gussie, Uncle Waldo, Aunt Orleen, sometimes Nermal
Spouse(s) Dr. Liz Wilson
Relatives "Doc Boy" (brother), Tony Arbuckle, Long John Arbuckle, Bob (uncle), Judy (cousin), Tammy (niece), Stevie (nephew), Ned (uncle), Roy (uncle), Bill (uncle), Ed (uncle), Orpha (aunt), Lillian (aunt), Trupy (aunt), Zelda (aunt), an unnamed great-great-grandmother
Age 1978 ~ Present
Birth Date July, 28 [1]

Jonathan Q. "Jon" Arbuckle is a fictional character from the Garfield comic strip by Jim Davis. He has also appeared in the animated television series Garfield and Friends, the computer-animated The Garfield Show, and two live-action feature films.

A nerdy and clumsy man, Jon is the owner of Garfield and Odie. He converses with Garfield and is often the butt of his jokes. In the animated Garfield and Friends, he was frequently portrayed as being incredibly gullible when faced with unscrupulous salesmen and rather dumb in general. On The Garfield Show, however, he's portrayed as being smarter, but still a little gullible.

Fictional biography[edit]

Jon's birthday is July 28, 1960 (or 1961) as Jon tells Garfield that he is 29 years old in a December 23, 1980 strip. However, in the episode "T3000" he is described as 22.

In the animated show Garfield and Friends, we learn that Jon has an Italian ancestor whose name was Tony Arbuccli. Some episodes of the show suggested that Jon and his pets live in Muncie, Indiana. Jon wears contact lenses, his eyes are green,[2] and his favorite music style is polka. His personal will states that he wishes to be cremated and have his ashes spread over his accordion. He can play accordion, guitar and bongos, and sing, though his singing and musical skills are far from good. Jon Arbuckle's favorite color is red, and he likes decaffeinated coffee, chocolate-chip cookies, and unleaded gasoline. Jon believes in God, or at the very least seems to believe in hell. According to one episode of Garfield and Friends, some of his "fun" ways to cure boredom are buying new socks, clipping his toenails, or playing "Guess the Burp" with Garfield.[3] Jon was raised on a farm, and occasionally visits his mother, father, and his brother, Doc Boy, who live on the farm.

Jon acquired Odie when Lyman, an old friend of his (and Odie's original owner) moved in with him and Garfield. After a few years, Lyman disappeared from the strip, never to be heard from again. The book Twenty Years and Still Kickin', which marked Garfield's twentieth year, included parodies of how Lyman left such as, "Had lunch with Jimmy Hoffa and then...".

Despite his somewhat timid and honest nature, Jon is sometimes shown to be quite assertive on Garfield And Friends. He also showed a tendency to be a miser as Garfield mentions how Jon passes out seeing the rates on a parking meter and Jon trying to perform an appendectomy on himself to save money.

Jon was voted #1 on "The Most Depressed Comic Book Characters" on the Best Week Ever blog.[4]

Jon also dresses in loud outfits whenever he goes on a date. It is briefly mentioned in one strip where Jon mentions that Liz called him a "fashion emergency". In a May 2006 strip,when he asked Garfield if his tie was too big, Garfield replies "Not at all, as long as your circus friends don't object, neither do I!" [5] In a June 2006 strip, Garfield laughs at his outfit, when Jon asks what he is laughing at, Garfield replies "Oh my, where to start...where to start.".[6] In a January 2002 strip, Garfield mentions that two hundred moths committed suicide.[7]

Career[edit]

In the earlier strips, he makes his living as a cartoonist. The TV series Garfield and Friends does show him several times as a cartoonist. His occupation is likely still that of a cartoonist on The Garfield Show, as in the episode "Family Picture", he draws a sketch of a photograph that he wants to take as Liz' birthday present. In the strip from May 2, 2010, Liz tells her parents Jon is a cartoonist, thus confirming his occupation.[8]

Other media[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2008&addr=080728
  2. ^ When his irises are shown. For example, in the July 18, 2010 Sunday strip.
  3. ^ "The Garfield Vault Strip". Garfield.com. 2006-02-28. Retrieved 2007-06-14. 
  4. ^ Best week ever blog
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  8. ^ "The Garfield Vault Strip". Garfield.com. 2010-05-02. Retrieved 2012-07-03. 
  9. ^ Doty, Cate (June 2, 2008). "Is the Main Character Missing? Maybe Not.". The New York Times. Retrieved July 25, 2008. 
  10. ^ "When the Cat's Away, Neurosis Is on Display". The Washington Post. April 6, 2008. Retrieved July 25, 2008.