Garfield Goes Hollywood
|Garfield Goes Hollywood|
|Created by||Jim Davis|
|Written by||Jim Davis|
|Directed by||Phil Roman|
|Theme music composer||Ed Bogas and Desiree Goyette (music and lyrics)
Desiree Goyette, Lou Rawls, Lorenzo Music and Thom Huge (vocals)
|Country of origin||United States|
Mark R. Crookston
Timothy J. Borquez
|Running time||24 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Film Roman
United Media Productions
|Original release||May 8, 1987|
|Preceded by||Garfield in Paradise|
|Followed by||A Garfield Christmas|
Garfield Goes Hollywood is a half-hour 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 May 8, 1987 on CBS. It has been released on both VHS and DVD home video.
Garfield and Odie believe their dance routines (as performed on the fence top at night) can not be beaten and so does the rest of the gang. They happen to be watching Pet Search (a pet's version of Star Search) when they come up with a great idea to go on the show after seeing past winners who have been performing acts. Jon is hoping to win the $1,000 prize, which Garfield is not impressed by. They perform as an Elvis style trio called "Johnny Bop and the Two-Steps" (rather reluctantly, because they did not want Jon involved in their act, as they think he's awful at music). Garfield believes it is embarrassing because they all have to wear kitschy 1950's-era costumes.
Despite the silly act, they win the regional competition (after a dog that plays five instruments simultaneously is disqualified after Odie exposes him as just a man in a dog costume) and are able to compete at the national competition in Hollywood. They hit the road to Hollywood and arrive at their fancy hotel. Garfield and Odie are concerned that their act is too mediocre to win first prize, so they destroy Jon's guitar when he is not looking. This allows Garfield and Odie to come up with a better act for the show.
Garfield and Odie compete in the finals as a tango dancing duo called "The Dancing Armandos." They are also dazzled by all the prizes being offered to the winner. Jon is now much more serious than he was at the excitement of winning the original $1,000, saying that he thinks being able to return to their old life would be the best prize of all. Garfield is focused on fame and thinks Jon has lost it. Unfortunately, an opera singing cat places first in the competition--although Garfield and Odie manage to place second and they and Jon get a boat as their prize.
The episode ends back home where Garfield finally admits to Jon that it was all for the best that they are home again, as they are on their boat talking about sailing to exotic locations including Omaha, despite the fact that they live in a landlocked area and have to settle for sitting on it in the backyard.
- Lorenzo Music - Garfield
- Thom Huge - Jon Arbuckle
- Gregg Berger - Odie / TV Host / Bob / Grandma Fogerty
- Nino Tempo - Herbie
- Frank Welker - M.C.
- Desiree Goyette - Desirée the Classical Cat
- "They Love Us" performed by Lou Rawls
- "The Wizard of Love" performed by Thom Huge, Lorenzo Music and Desirée Goyette
- "Hollywood Feels So Good" performed by Lou Rawls
- "Desiree's Meow Solo" performed by Desirée Goyette