The Garfield Show

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The Garfield Show
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Also known as Garfield et Cie
(French Title)
Genre Comedy
Adventure
Format Animated series
Created by Jim Davis
Developed by Philippe Vidal
Robert Rea
Steve Balissat
Directed by Philippe Vidal
Voices of (English)
Frank Welker
Gregg Berger
Wally Wingert
Jason Marsden
Audrey Wasilewski
Julie Payne
(French)
Gerard Surugue
Bruno Choel
Philippe Bozzo
Marc Saez
Veronique Soufflet
Gilbert Levy
Composer(s) Laurent Bertaud
Jean-Christophe Prudhomme
Country of origin France
United States
Original language(s) French
English
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 130 (78 aired) (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Jim Davis
Robert Rea
Producer(s) Kim Campbell
Marie-Pierre Moulinjeune
Mark Evanier
Running time 22 minutes ( Two 11 minute stories in each episode)
Production company(s) Dargaud Media
Paws, Inc.
Distributor Mediatoon International Distribution
Broadcast
Original channel France 3
Original run December 22, 2008 (2008-12-22) – present
Chronology
Preceded by Garfield and Friends
External links
Website

The Garfield Show (French title Garfield et Cie) is a French-American CGI animated television series that premiered in France on France 3 on December 22, 2008. English-language episodes started airing on Boomerang UK on May 5, 2009. It premiered in the United States on Cartoon Network on November 2, 2009 and it also aired on YTV in Canada. However, it was taken off the air on May 30, 2011, for a hiatus and returned on September 6, 2011. The show was taken off the schedule in Canada once again on December 23, 2011.

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 the late Lorenzo Music as the voice of Garfield, and Wally Wingert replaces Thom Huge 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.

Plot[edit]

The Garfield Show centers mainly on Garfield's usual antics and frolics, that usually come as a result of his laziness and gluttony. It focuses on his quirky misadventures (often significantly darker, scarier and/or more bizarre than those found in the comic strip or previous animated adaptations), while always highlighting the fat cat's love for lasagna. Garfield lives with his owner, Jon Arbuckle, and his owner's dog, Odie, in a detached two story house (as opposed to the one story house in the comics). The 1950s-era television set in the living room still has a rabbit-ears antenna, but it now also has a converter box so the family can watch television in HDTV (in fact, several allusions to 21st century technology are made in the series). The premise of the show, which is comedic slapstick, lies mainly in the events of each single episode. Usually, Garfield has to solve problems that he causes himself which he always tries to avoid but ends up solving them in the end.

In the second season, Garfield began breaking the fourth wall more often, such as asking for the script for the episode, talking to the audience and even mentioning cartoon traditions, such as instant healing. Unlike Season 1, Season 2 kept borrowing characters who originated from a previous episode. These included Mama Meanie, Nathan the neighbor, Dr. Whipple, and Mr. Barker, Jon's boss. Vito is a very ambiguous character, whether highly appreciating Garfield for saving his business often or determined to prevent Garfield from stealing his lasagna or pizza.

The third season finally answered the often-asked question, "Where is Lyman?". This season also began the production of full-lenght stories in 4-part episodes.

A fourth season also premiered where the full-lenght stories are now expanded to 5-part episodes.

A fifth season is currently in production.

Unlike the comic strip, animals in the Garfield Show talk with their mouths. In one episode,[2] a cat's speech is difficult to understand because his mouth is full of food.

Characters[edit]

Further information: List of Garfield characters

Main characters[edit]

Minor characters[edit]

  • Eddie Gourmand
  • Dr. Whipple
  • Professor Thaddeus Bonkers
  • Doc Boy Arbuckle
  • Mom Arbuckle
  • Dad Arbuckle
  • Aunt Ivy
  • Vito
  • Harry
  • Drusilla and Minerva
  • T3000
  • Patrick and Paddy the Leprechauns
  • The Evil Space Lasagnas
  • Pooky
  • Herman Post
  • Al the Dog Catcher

Episodes[edit]

Season Episodes Season premiere Season finale
1 52 November 2, 2009 December 23, 2009
2 52 December 13, 2010 June 28, 2011
3 52 September 4, 2012 October 5, 2012
4 52 TBA TBA
5 52 TBA TBA

Cast[edit]

French voices[edit]

  • 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

English voices[edit]

  • Frank Welker - Garfield, Eddie Gourmand, Cleaning Robot, Evil Space Lasagnas, T3000, Paddy, Additional Voices
  • Gregg Berger - Odie, Squeak, Harry, Herman Post, Omar the Genie, Additional Voices
  • Wally Wingert - Jon Arbuckle, Al the Dog Catcher, Hercules, Additional Voices
  • Jason Marsden - Nermal, Vito, Liz's Father, Pete the Dog Catcher, Professor Bonkers, Additional Voices
  • Julie Payne - Dr. Liz Wilson, Liz's Mother
  • Laura Summer - Drusilla & Minerva the Twins, Additional Voices
  • Audrey Wasilewski - Arlene, Newscaster

Additional voices[edit]

Crew[edit]

Reception[edit]

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." The series has a current rating of a 5.6 on tv.com. IMDb currently has a 4.8 rating for the series.

Video game[edit]

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.

International airings[edit]

In Indonesia, The Garfield Show scheduled aired on MNCTV. In China, The Garfield Show(加菲猫的幸福生活) is shown daily on CCTV-Kids. In the USA, the series is aired on Cartoon Network. The series also airs in the Irish Language in Ireland on TG4 as part of their children's strand Cula 4.[4] The series also airs in the Serbian Language in Serbia on Ultra TV.Also,Star Channel Greece has showed the first 2 seasons so far.

Garfield and Friends[edit]

Further information: Garfield and Friends

The previous animated series of Garfield came out in 1988. Some people who worked on that show also work on The Garfield Show.

Lorenzo Music was replaced by Frank Welker in this series due to Music's death in 2001.

The cast of that series was different from that of The Garfield Show. Liz was considered a secondary character because she wasn't in a relationship with Jon at the time of that series. At the same time, Arlene made one appearance on Garfield and Friends. The Friends in Garfield and Friends, was the cast of U.S. Acres (aka Orson's Farm outside of the United States). U.S. Acres episodes were usually bookended by two Garfield episodes.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Garfield Show – Studios". The Garfield Show Diary. 
  2. ^ Black Cat Blues
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ "Cula 4: An Garfield Show" (in Irish). Retrieved 11 February 2012. 

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