- 1 hr 20 min
Garfield is a 2004 American live-action/CGI film directed by Peter Hewitt and written by Joel Cohen and Alec Sokolow. The movie is based on the popular comic strip created by Jim Davis, and it features the titular character's adventures with his owner, Jon Arbuckle. The film follows John Arbuckle (Breckin Meyer), a cartoonist who tapes his comic strips to his wall to remind him of how much he enjoys drawing Garfield. However, Garfield (voiced by Bill Murray), a fat, lazy, orange tabby cat who loves to eat lasagna and watch TV, is tired of being a house cat and longs for the freedom to explore the outdoors.
One day, Odie, Jon's dog, is taken by local television personality Happy Chapman (Stephen Tobolowsky), who is famous for his animal acts. Garfield feels guilted about the disappearance of Odie, and so he sets out to rescue the dog.
Along the way, Garfield discovers that Odie was taken by Chapman to use in his stage show, and he decides to infiltrate the studio to rescue his friend. He also meets Liz Wilson (Jennifer Love Hewitt), the veterinarian who Jon has a crush on, and he becomes smitten with her as well.
As Garfield attempts to rescue Odie, he realizes that he needs the help of his animal friends from the neighborhood, including Nermal, Arlene, and Squeak, to defeat Chapman and save Odie. Together, they hatch a plan to save Odie, and Jon must rush to the rescue when things don't quite go according to plan.
Garfield is a fun, family-friendly movie that will delight fans of the comic strip. The CGI animation of the titular character blends seamlessly into the live-action sequences, and the voice work by Bill Murray adds a lot of humor and wit to the character.
The film's cast is strong, with Breckin Meyer bringing a lot of charm and likability to the role of Jon, Jennifer Love Hewitt delivering a sweet and sympathetic performance as Liz, and Stephen Tobolowsky perfectly nailing the pompous and smarmy TV presenter Happy Chapman.
The film also features a memorable soundtrack, with classic songs like "Rescue Me" and "I Feel Good" perfectly complementing the on-screen action. Overall, Garfield is a delightful, light-hearted comedy that is perfect for families and fans of the comic strip.
Garfield is a 2004 animated movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 20 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.0 and a MetaScore of 27.