Garfield: The Movie (2/10)
2004 by Tony Medley
In 1983 ABC created
a TV series starring Dabney Coleman, entitled Buffalo
Bill. The idea was to present a cantankerous sportscaster who
alienated everyone. They did their job too well because Colemanís
character was so despicable, nobody liked him, including the audience.
As a result the show died a quick death.
is alleged to be the worldís most widely read comic strip,
syndicated in 2,600 newspapers and the strip claims readership of 260
million (this is a bogus claim because not all the readers of these
newspapers read Garfield), I am not one of its readers, so Iím not
entirely sure of Garfieldís character in the strip. But in this movie,
heís a fat, unattractive, selfish, uncaring, obnoxious cat. I found
nothing endearing, funny, or entertaining about Garfield or the film. I
didnít even like the Computer Generated Image of Garfield.
Donít get me
wrong. Even though I donít like feature length cartoons (incidentally,
this isnít a cartoon; all the characters are real except Garfield),
Iím a lifelong fan of Peanuts,
Charlie Brown and Snoopy. I like the half hour Peanuts TV
shows. Garfield: The Movie is another matter. I saw nothing to
like and the children who were in the screening I attended didnít seem
to like it either. There was noticeably little laughter.
The plot is basically non-existent. Oh, he does something mean to
a dog and then tries to rectify the situation. But basically Garfield is
just selfish and obnoxious to everyone.
is Garfieldís voice by Bill Murray. The audio is constant, never
ending jabber. It keeps coming, like tidal wave after tidal wave.
Garfield breaks the fourth wall, speaking directly to the audience, a la
Bob Hope. Alas, this is no Bob Hope. Heís more like an irritating
relative who invites himself for dinner and never leaves and never stops
talking. There was such a barrage of words coming from Murrayís mouth
that it almost made me bilious.
wouldnít recommend this to anybody. At only 80 minutes, itís still
June 5, 2004