Garfield's Fun Fest

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Garfield's Fun Fest
Garfield's Fun Fest Coverart.png
Cover art for the Garfield's Fun Fest DVD
Directed byMark A.Z. Dippé
Produced byJim Davis
Written byJim Davis
StarringFrank Welker
Gregg Berger
Tim Conway
Greg Eagles
Wally Wingert
Jason Marsden
Jennifer Darling
Neil Ross
Stephen Stanton
Fred Tatasciore
Audrey Wasilewski
Narrated byTim Conway
Distributed by20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Lionsgate Home Entertainment (UK)
Release date
  • August 5, 2008 (2008-08-05)
Running time
80 minutes
CountryUnited States

Garfield's Fun Fest is a 2008 CGI film starring Garfield. It was produced by Paws, Inc. in cooperation with The Animation Picture Company and distributed by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. It was written by Garfield's creator Jim Davis as a sequel to Garfield Gets Real. The DVD was released in stores on August 5, 2008. It was followed by a third direct to video film, Garfield's Pet Force, in 2009.


Garfield and his friends enter a talent contest, the Fun Fest, but as the audience was not entertained by his performance another cat (with bigger muscles and an accent) arrives to compete against him, Leonard.

He and Odie venture into a forest and climb a steep mountain in search of the legendary "Funny Water", which is supposed to make them more humorous. They gather some of the water and fly back to the studio using a hang glider, only to find that Leonardo is dancing with his girlfriend Arlene. Just as Garfield is about to give up, Freddy Frog tells him to search within himself for his own humorous talent, so Garfield beats Leonardo and wins the Fun Fest. Leonardo is revealed to be a robot controlled by Nermal, as the latter also sought to win the contest's prize.


Additional voices[edit]

  • Cathy Cavadini -
  • Kaden Dippe -
  • Greg Finley -
  • Jeffery Todd Fischer -
  • David Michie -
  • Paige Nan Pollack -
  • Ruth Zalduando -

Video game[edit]

A Nintendo DS game that is based on the film was released on July 29, 2008.[1] It was developed by Black Lantern Studios and published by DSI Games in North America and Zoo Digital Publishing in Europe.


Following the success of Fun Fest, a sequel to the film, titled Garfield's Pet Force, was released as a direct-to-video film on DVD and Blu-ray. The film was released on June 16, 2009. It is the final instalment in a trilogy of computer animation Garfield films, including Fun Fest and Garfield Gets Real. [2]


Critical response[edit]

Review aggregator Metacritic gives the film a score of 44 out of 100, based on 5 critics, indicating "generally mixed reviews".[3] Paul Mavis of DVD Talk said in his review: "Maybe the problem is that Garfield creator Jim Davis, who wrote this movie, can't translate his humor into an 80 minute film. What's funny in a three-panel strip becomes drawn out and forced in a feature-length film. The obvious video-game structuring of the scenes is to be expected, I guess, in these days of rampant, voracious synergy, but that doesn't make the film any more palatable. Maybe somebody else should be brought in to write these straight-to-DVD toons? It doesn't help, either, that the voice work here is somewhat muted. Legendary Frank Welker as Garfield doesn't seem all that inspired this time around (true, he's working with a character who's supposed to be ticked off and monotone, but Welker doesn't seem to find any fun here). And unfortunately, Tim Conway basically phones in his turn as Freddy Frog (even that character's name shows Davis' tired approach to the material - Freddy? Really? That's the funniest or most memorable name you could come up with?). I'm a fan of Conway's, but there's very little here to recommend in his rote performance."[4]


Garfield's Fun Fest was released on DVD on November 24, 2009, by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.[5]


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  2. ^ "Alcon Plans A Series of Fully-CG 'Garfield' Features". Cartoon Brew. Retrieved May 26, 2016.
  3. ^ "Garfield's Fun Fest". Metacritic. United States: CBS Interactive. Retrieved May 19, 2019.
  4. ^ Mavis, Paul (August 25, 2008). "Garfield's Fun Fest". DVD Talk. United States: Internet Brands. Retrieved May 19, 2019.
  5. ^ Garfield's Fun Fest. 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment (DVD). Century City: Walt Disney Direct-to-Consumer & International. November 24, 2019. ASIN B0017XOFCS. Retrieved May 19, 2019.

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