Garfield (Bill Murray – The Royal Tenenbaums, Charlie's Angels) is a lazy, fat, spoiled cat owned by Jon Arbuckle (Breckin Meyer – Kate & Leopold, 54). Jon has a crush on veterinary Liz (Jennifer Love Hewitt – I Know What You Did Last Summer, The Tuxedo), so he takes Garfield to the vet often. On one such visit Jon is convinced by Liz to adopt a dog named Odie. Garfield, who is used to getting all of Jon's attention, is jealous of Odie and, as a result, is mean to the dog. Even when Odie saves Garfield from Luca (Brad Garrett – The Pacifier, Finding Nemo), the Doberman next door, Garfield still hates him. An accident happens in the house and the living room is wrecked, Jon blames Garfield and locks him outside for the evening. Odie comes outside to be with Garfield and Garfield locks Odie out. Odie starts chasing a scooter and then gets lost. He is found by an older woman (Danna Hansen – Being There, Stir Crazy), who puts up 'found' posters. Television host Happy Chapman (Stephen Tobolowsky – Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Dangerous, Robots), who feels Odie is just the thing he needs to nab a hosting job on a big station, goes to the older woman's home and pretends he is Odie's owner. Jon and Liz team up to find Odie. Garfield realizes that he likes Odie, starts to feel guilty and starts searching for him.
This was a film that got raked over the coals by the critics, but really I do not understand what they were expecting. Garfield has never been anything other than a silly, cute and funny comic strip that has no high brow aspirations. The movie is a fairly accurate re-creation of the comic strip. Garfield is obnoxious, always eating and sarcastic. Bill Murray has the perfect voice for the cat. Breckin Meyer has the lovable loser qualities that the character of Jon requires. It was an odd decision by the studio or director Peter Hewitt (Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey, The Borrowers) to make Garfield the only CGI character in the film, but it does allow them a wider range in the story. It would have been difficult to find a cat that looks like Garfield who could do be trained to do what the script requires. It is a comic strip and a film that is meant for the entire family and I think, though it is not Oscar quality, it provides the viewer with a few chuckles and is not the most unpleasant way to spend 80 minutes.
-10 jigsaw puzzles
-"The Pick of the Litter: The History of Garfield" featurette
-"Garfield: Bringing the Cat to Life" documentary
-Garfield comic creator
-"Garfield Presentation Reel" documentary
-"Garfield and Friends" – five behind-the-scenes looks
-17 deleted scenes
-Super fun games
-Music Video: Baha Men's 'Holla'
-"Gone Nutty" animated short