A Garfield Christmas

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A Garfield Christmas
Created by Jim Davis
Written by Jim Davis
Directed by Phil Roman
George Singer (co-director)
Starring Lorenzo Music
Thom Huge
Gregg Berger
Julie Payne
Pat Harrington Jr.
David L. Lander
Pat Carroll
Theme music composer Ed Bogas and Desiree Goyette (music and lyrics)
Lou Rawls, Thom Huge, Gregg Berger, Desiree Goyette and Lorenzo Music (vocals)
Country of origin United States United States
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Phil Roman
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Film Roman
United Media
Paws, Inc.
Original network CBS
Original release December 21, 1987
Preceded by Garfield Goes Hollywood
Followed by Happy Birthday, Garfield

A Garfield Christmas Special is a 1987 American animated television special based on the Garfield comic strip. It once again featured Lorenzo Music as the voice of Garfield. The special was first broadcast December 21, 1987 on CBS and was rebroadcast on CBS every year thereafter until 2000. It was only recently rebroadcast again in 2008 and 2009 on ABC Family. It has been released on both VHS and DVD home video.

TV Guide ranked the special number 10 on its 10 Best Family Holiday Specials list.[1]


In a brightly decorated house, Garfield is awakened by Jon dressed as an elf, who says it is Christmas and Garfield must be treated to a large amount of lasagna before opening his gift, which consists of a robotic Santa Claus which reads minds and produces whatever Garfield wants, pleasing him until Jon actually wakes up Garfield, who realizes he was dreaming. Jon tells Garfield that it is Christmas Eve and Jon, Garfield, and Odie are going to the countryside to celebrate Christmas with Jon's family on their farm. Garfield wonders why they always go to the farm and wonders why they never come to their place instead. During his drive to the farm, Jon talks about Christmas he had when he was a boy. Making their animated debuts are the sweet and always cooking Mom, hard working farmer Dad, the silly younger brother Doc Boy, and the loving, tough as nails Grandma. Grandma and Garfield quickly grow a special bond. Jon, Garfield, and Odie take a walk, while Grandma spikes Mom's sausage gravy by adding chili powder. Jon and Garfield return for dinner, while Odie works on something secretive and then sneaks back into the house. During dinner, Grandma sneaks some food to Garfield and Odie.

After dinner, they decorate the tree. Jon has Garfield to put the star on, as no one else can reach the top of the tree. Next, Mom asks Doc Boy to play a song on the piano. Grandma shoves Doc Boy aside, as he cannot sing and plays her version of "O Christmas Tree". Mom plays "Christmas In Your Heart", while Grandma tells Garfield about her beloved and deceased husband. Mom asks Dad to read a book called Binky: The Clown Who Saved Christmas. Dad is reluctant, as he is tired of reading it every year, but later reluctantly reads it anyway. While he slept that night, Garfield finds out about Odie's suspicious activity and follows him to the barn and sees him make something out of a piece of wood, some wire, a plunger handle, and a hand rake. While there, Garfield stumbles upon some old letters and soon finds out that it must be fifty years old. Meanwhile, Jon and Doc Boy unexpectedly wake Dad up at around 1:30 a.m. and ask him if it is time to open presents. However, Dad angrily tells them to go to bed in which Jon and Doc Boy ends up arguing with each other that it is technically Christmas morning. The next Christmas morning, just when it seems like all the presents have been opened, Garfield gives Grandma the letters he found in the barn. These letters were love notes written to Grandma by her husband from when they first met with each other and married. Garfield also finds out that Odie has been busy making his ultimate Christmas gift: a homemade back scratcher. This is a rare glimpse at Garfield's other side, as Garfield learns one of the true meanings of Christmas - "It's not the giving, it's not the getting, it's the loving!" - and gladly thanks and embraces Odie for the gift he made. The episode ends with the whole family singing an up-beat country-style song and enjoying "a good old-fashioned Christmas".

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1991 version[edit]

An updated version of A Garfield Christmas was made in 1991, with an extra scene in which Doc Boy and Grandma play the piano before Mom takes over (the original featured only Mom on piano), and an alternate visual for the scene in which Garfield is sitting on Grandma's lap while being told stories about her deceased husband. The car journey to Mom's farm is slightly truncated.

This version was included in the 2004 compilation DVD, Garfield's Holiday Celebrations.


  1. ^ TV Guide Guide to TV. Barnes and Noble. 2004. p. 574. ISBN 0-7607-5634-1. 

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