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The Garfield Show (French title Garfield et Cie) is a American/French 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 at 3:00pm. It also airs on YTV in Canada, but taken off the air on July 11, 2011, due to the debut of Redakai: Conquer the Kairu, and returned on September 6, 2011 (near the end of Summer 2011). The Garfield Show resumed airing on Canadian children's network YTV on October 27, 2012.
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, whereas Thom Huge as the voice of Jon Arbuckle is replaced by Wally Wingert. 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. The show is directed by Philippe Vidal and the music is done by Laurent Bertaud and Jean-Christophe Prudhomme.
The Garfield Show centers mainly on Garfield's usual antics and frolics, usually in function 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 and Garfield and Friends). The 1950s era television set in the living room still has a rabbit-ears antenna, but it now has a converter box so the family can now 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 himself causes, but always tries to skive off, and actually solves 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, Nate the neighbor, the Lawyer from the episode Depth of a Salesman, and Mr. Barker, Jon's boss. Luigi was a very ambiguous character whether highly appreciating Garfield for saving his business often or determined to prevent Garfield from stealing his lasagna or pizza. Many references to the 1988 Garfield and Friends TV series were made, such as the movie title "Kung Fu Creatures on a Rampage" borrowed from the 1989 episode Video Airlines, "The Klopman Diamond" which was a running gag in the original show, and the game show, "Name That Fish" which was from the 1988 episode "The Binky Show".
- Eddie Gourmand
- Professor Thaddeus Bonkers
- Doc Boy
- Aunt Ivy
- The Evil Space Lasagnas
- Driscilla and Minerva
- Patrick and Paddy the Leprechauns
|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|
- 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
- Frank Welker - Garfield, Eddie Gourmand, Cleaning Robot, Evil Space Lasagnas, *T3000, Paddy
- Gregg Berger - Odie, Squeak, Harry, Herman Post, Omar the Genie, Additional Voices
- Wally Wingert - Jon Arbuckle, Al the Dog Catcher, Hercules,
- Jason Marsden - Nermal, Vito, Liz's Father, Pete the Dog Catcher, Dr. Bonkers, ===Additional Voices===
- Julie Payne - Dr. Liz Wilson, Liz's Mother
- Laura Summer - Drusilla & Minerva the Twins, Additional Voices
- Audrey Wasilewski - Arlene, Newscaster
- Joe Alaskey - Mr. Anthony Allwork
- Grey DeLisle - Mr. Allwork's Son
- Bill Farmer -
- June Foray - Mrs. Cauldron
- Stan Freberg - Dr. Whipple, Fluffykins, Mole
- Marvin Kaplan -
- Phil LaMarr -
- David Lander - Doc Boy Arbuckle
- Misty Lee - Angie
- Tress MacNeille - Esmeralda Brubaker, Squirrel
Rose Marie -
- Candi Milo - Lester, Chester, Reporter
- Chuck McCann - Mayor Graffton
- Laraine Newman - Aunt Ivy, News Anchorwoman, Mrs. Cauldron's niece Winona, Angelica (Vito's girlfriend)
- Jack Riley - Ghost Cat, Mr. Allwork
- Susan Silo - Neferkitty
- Fred Tatasciore - Dirk Dinkum, Biff
- April Winchell -
- Frank Ferrante - Lyman
- Maurice LaMarche - Samuel W. Underburger
Despite receiving more episodes than the average permit for Cartoon Network 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. IMBD currently has a 4.1 rating for the series.
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 .
Threat of the Space Lasagna
Is a video game based on the Garfield Show episode "Pasta Wars". It is about Garfield, Odie, and Squeak having to fight the alien talking lasagna who want to take over the world. There are also mini-games. The platform for the game is Wii. The player chooses whether to play as Garfield and stop the space lasagna from taking over the world (like they intended to in the TV show episode) and also fight the mind-controlled mice who are Squeak's family, or the player chooses to play as the space lasagna and work against Garfield who is trying to stop their plans.
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 at 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.
Pop Culture References and Trivia
Some Garfield episodes parody famous movies, TV shows, and popular media:
- The episode T-3000 is a very complicated parody of the Arnold Schwarzennegar film series Terminator. The T-3000 Robot's identity, character, and name are parodies of various Terminator characters in the films. The episode also includes a character named Sarah O'Connor, named after Sarah Connor, the protagonist of the original Terminator film. The ending where the T-3000 Robot says, "I'll be back" is also a parody.
- Terminator is parodied again in the episode "Fame Fatale" where there is a voice saying, "It's the Verminator!" and a line of dialogue parodying "Hasta la vista, baby" was heard that said, "Hasta la vista, vermin".
- Garfield mentioned a show called "Are You Smarter than Lasagna?". This is a parody of the game show Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader? hosted by Jeff Foxworthy.
- The episode "Orange and Black" has a saber-toothed tiger named Catzilla, whose name parodies the monster kaiju Godzilla from Toho Studios.
- When Odie is trapped to a coakroach-transform ray by an evil child named Nathan in the episode "Neighbor Nathan", the ray gun with Odie trapped to metal handcuffs are parodies of the James Bond film the movie Goldfinger, where James Bond is trapped to metal handcuffs with a laser firing ray gun by the villain Auric Goldfinger.
- Odie's superhero identity of a blue/red flying dog appearance are parodies of Superman from the episode "The Amazing Flying Dog" while the black female poodle who Odie imagines rescuing is a parody of Lois Lane.
- The episode Pasta Wars is a title reference to Star Wars.
- The way the characters from the TV shows and movies that Garfield faced in the episode "Virtualodeon" came out of the TV is parody of the movie The Ring.
- In that same episode, the channel's name is a parody of Nickelodeon; the channel had a cartoon that Wally Wingert was also on called Invader ZIM.
- Also in Pasta Wars, the alien talks with his leader through a hologram that is very similar to the holograms in Star Wars.
- The episode "From the Oven" features a movie where a mad scientist creates a monster with chemistry is a parody of Frankenstein.
- The name Freaky Monday is referencing to the movie "Freaky Friday", with similar situations.
- Also in Freaky Monday, the alien says, "By the seven rings!" referencing to the Halo series.
- The episode "Heir Apparant" parodied Scooby-Doo, with Garfield playing the role of Fred, Jon playing the role Shaggy, and Odie playing the role of Scooby-Doo himself. The way that Garfield unmasks the skeleton costumed person at the end is a parody of Scooby-Doo cartoon endings.
- Coincedentally, Garfield is voiced by Frank Welker, who also voices Fred in the Scooby-Doo series and plus both their names have the letters f,r,e, and d.
- In Underwater World, Garfield asks for mustard but Odie gives him got a lsany.
- in Garfields house there is a picture of the first Garfieldlook.
- The episode Paw and Order will premiere on Season 3 is complicated parody of the Law and Order Series.
- In episode "Full of beans" doctor Whiple yells "Who let the dogs out?!", wich is the refrerence on popular song.
- An episode called long lost lyman reveals Lyman's dissapearence.