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    "Don't let your kids watch it!" - Robbie Rotten

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    Garfield
    For all of the Mondays he's hated, this version of Garfield is far worse than any Mondays.
    Gender: Male
    Type: Self-Absorbed Jerk
    Age: Unknown
    Species: Tabby Cat
    Portrayed by: Bill Murray
    Status: Alive
    Media of origin: Garfield: The Movie
    Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties


    Garfield is the main titular protagonist and anti-hero from the comic book franchise of the same name. He first appeared on June 19, 1978, in the kitchen of Mama Leoni's Pizza. In the live-action/CGI movies, he was voiced by famous actor Bill Murray, who is best known for his role as Peter Venkman in the Ghostbusters movies.

    While he was much better in the comics and Garfield & friends, he was unfortunately flanderized in the live action movies.

    Why He Was Worse Than Any Monday

    1. He has become 10 times more of an unlikable troublemaker than ever before, and it's not done charmingly anymore, but now it's done in a way that is very predictable and painful at worst, that it's confusing on what his motivations even are as a "protagonist", thus making him even more bossy and arrogant than ever. Garfield is exactly known for being an egotistical lazy jerk who makes fun of Jon and does whatever he pleases at home, but he would never go far to the extent of:
      • Harshly jumping on top of Jon to wake him up forcefully after Garfield failed to wake up Jon from the bed and ordering him to make him food with just words.
      • Flushing the toilet to make the water go hot and somehow torturing Jon with hot temperature water and suffering from third-degree burns while Jon was showering, which Garfield did so he could get him out of the shower and make Garfield breakfast, which just makes him seem more abusive and sadistic with his demands towards Jon rather than simply being "mischievous".
      • Switching food bowls to make Jon eat liver cat food so Garfield could eat Jon's breakfast, which causes Jon to spit it out into the sink in disgust (which Garfield has no remorse for and says that it was "liver-flavored" with a smug smile on his face.
      • Mocking Jon several times at the vet for no real reason, as well as using the L sign on his head to amuse himself once a veterinarian was taking Garfield to a cell.
      • Putting Nermal through an implausible mousetrap stunt just to drink some milk for himself, and he had no reason or motivation to hate Nermal in the movie since he's not cute, nor does Nermal exactly do anything that annoying to even warrant it.
      • Ordering Jon to chase after the mouse Squeaks once Jon tells Garfield to catch the mouse like a cat naturally should do.
      • When he sees Lasagna that Jon Brought home from the store. But Jon says "Garfield, don't even think about it, that's my food". He violates his rule by eating all 4 boxes and got caught laying on the floor by Jon, he even doesn't admit by saying "It's not my fault, They started it", Then Jon takes him to the vet.
    2. Despite being iconic for his laziness, strangely enough, this version of Garfield can be way too lively. Even though he's hardly shown to be lazy as the movie makes it out to be (and making him seem stereotypically lazy to make the viewers reminded of what Garfield is), he also acts way too energetic and pumped up with energy to slide down the railways of stairs and doing some break dances with several dance sequences (and even trying to climb a vent in the first film to defeat Chapman), much to the point where he sometimes breaks dances too often, which is out of character for him since he is known for being incredibly lazy in the original comics and the cartoon.
      • An example of his laziness being done very inconsistently, much more than in the comics or his other appearances, is the moment where he couldn't even walk for more than a few feet outside the house when he thought to find Odie and goes back in the house at a normal pace (which was done for a badly done fat joke and a rather predictable visual joke, mind you), yet he could have enough energy to pull off a milk stunt earlier, have enough energy to tackle Odie, walk all the way to a city to try to climb a fence and ended up in a ventilation system of the Chapman building. What sense does all of this make? Long story short, none is your answer.
      • In regret to him leaving the cul-de-sac, Garfield somehow clung onto the bottom of the truck Jon drove in but only fell once he got to the home driveway. This is not something Garfield could do at all, remember, he's known for being the laziest cat in all of fiction.
      • When there was luggage that Chapman knocked over while Garfield and Odie tried to escape from Chapman from the train they both were, he doesn't try to jump over it like he did when he climbed high to jump on Jon at the beginning of the film.
    3. His design, while decent, is way too lifelike, in which his iconic stripes on his back are orange instead of black as he does in the comics, which makes his design look more like a live-action, quadrupedal, and naked version of Daniel Tiger, except with latter's face replaced with Garfield's.
      • Whenever he looks at the camera and the one time in the film where he makes an ear-to-ear toothy smile at Jon, it only looks creepy because of how uncanny he looks in realistic-looking CGI, and the smile alone is a little unsettling (if not awkward to see his human-looking teeth).
    4. Throughout the first film, he constantly tries way too hard to be witty and self-aware by making several self-referential jokes to come across as snide and amusing, but generally comes across as very unfunny due to consistently spouting out forced cat puns that are delivered so much, it doesn't work in a comedic flow, such as him saying "I slept like a fat cat", him wanting a "cat scan" twice, him stating that he wants to "blow cat chow chunks", and the infamous scene of him belching from drinking milk before looking at straight at the camera to ask the viewer "Got Milk?" with a nonchalant smug expression as if it he was in a commericial.
      • One example of him being unfunny includes the moment when he lands in a truck of lasagna (surviving from high heights somehow!), and he tells us the viewers that he has been saved by the miracle of lasagna (which is supposed to be played up for laughs for how obvious it is, but just falls flat).
      • He also tends to bring up the pain of his nose when he gets hurt for the film's comedy in the first film, and not once is it ever funny or amusing, it's just a joke that is just consistently misfired.
    5. Even though Bill Murray is a serviceable voice actor, his lines sound like they were done in one take (or even stretched out sometimes), making his voice delivery sound rather mediocre.
    6. He also has some out-of-character moments in the first film.
      • Upon getting kicked out of the house, he sings a sad song about how Garfield remembers how he had Jon to himself and walks slowly like it's a Broadway musical. This is not at all in his character to do this.
      • At the end of the first movie, where a happy ending plays as Garfield, Odie, Liz, and Jon watch a romance movie, Garfield tells us that it is "The End" and then looks to the viewer to say "Yeah right, hit the floor!", which made Garfield push Odie off the couch a couple of times and told us that what he felt great at the end, was him. This then cuts to another dance scene of him singing the song "I Got You (I Feel Good)" by James Brown, and trying very hard to come across as charismatic and jovial but it comes off as graceless and tacky of him to do, especially when he tried doing the splits and he fails, which is exactly how the first movie ends.
      • He was even more malicious and self-centered towards Odie than he was before. Even though Garfield is always known for making fun of Odie for being "unintelligent" and has shown to have fun bullying him by literally kicking him on the butt oftentimes, despite that, he never went too far to the extent of becoming more and more of a bully who is actively trying to get rid of him just to have Jon all to himself out of jealousy. Since he is constantly trying to torture Odie for fun and attempting to kick him out of the house so he can mind his own business without Odie around, this makes Garfield a lot more selfish and greedy than ever before, with such mean-spirited moments such as:
        • Getting deeply upset that Jon even got adopted a dog in the house at the vet, telling Jon to not let Odie know where they live in a whiny mopey tone.
        • Attempting to trap Odie with a bucket so he can send him away from the house, only for it to backfire on him, and Odie licking the milk on the bucket, makes Garfield try to chase and hunt after Odie (which causes the belligerent neighborhood doberman Lucas to encounter him).
        • When he tries getting Odie to do a dance-off with him for the dog show, he taunts Odie for being an amateur at dancing, and hits Odie with a pillow in response to Odie hitting him for Garfield pushing him off the couch, before twerking and continuing his interpretive dance with Odie, which he then calls it off when Nermal and Arlene see Garfield having fun dancing with Odie.
        • Once he gets peeved that Odie got all the attention in the house, Garfield acts like an ignored child with a tantrum and swipes a toy onto the wall, only for it to unintentionally destroy Jon's entire room with so many stunts, thus getting kicked out by Jon for not admitting his mistakes. (Not to mention that Garfield didn't care too much that he trashed Jon's room, but only looked worried about the fact the shelves and books had dropped on him)
        • Once Jon became worried about Odie being lost as any pet owner normally would, Garfield didn't show any concern, sadness, or care that he caused Odie to run away from home and told Jon to forget about him while lying down on the floor. Why should we be rooting for someone this negligent, selfish, and apathetic?
    7. There were five times in the first film when he was treated as accident-prone. Yes, you heard us right, Garfield and being easily prone to clumsiness itself, being what the movie feels perfectly okay with depicting Garfield in a comic light, making him a literal fat joke of the film. Even though Garfield only had rare moments of being a bit clumsy in the comics and the cartoon, these scenes just go overboard with making Garfield's clumsiness and misfortune more exaggerated and played up for laughs, and it only manages to be so ridiculously jarring, that it looks like a scene you'd see in a Marmaduke film or a live-action Smurfs movie before both movies came out a couple of years later in the 2010s instead of it being a Garfield film.
      • The first moment includes him failing to put Odie in a bucket, swinging himself high onto his roof, and falling harshly on the ground before the bucket falls on him, with Garfield making plenty of agitated noises as if he's a Looney Tunes character.
      • The moment when he slams himself into the rearview mirror of a truck Liz was driving and mentions the pain of his nose again.
      • The most memorable example from the film is when he finished climbing into the ventilation system of the Chapman building, where the air in the vents had sent him flying around the vent and bumped into several vents while screaming, which had his face slamming through a fence and making an unfunny line about his nose being hurt (the third time he's brought up his nose being hurt again).
      • The moment when he falls off a building and lands on a lasagna truck.
    8. In the second movie, he feels more like a "comic relief" character of the movie that Jon, Liz, and the villainous Dargis star in, which is strange despite him and Prince the Cat star as the main characters of the film.
      • Though he likes lasagna (granted), he keeps repeating the word "lasagna" way too much throughout the film and he exaggerates his liking for lasagna, which can come off as annoying.
      • He provided a unfunny fart joke when he goes inside of a castle while a English bulldog is seen talking to him.
      • Sometimes he was seen twerking in some parts, one example includes when he was taunting a British guard and twerked in front of him to get his attention.
      • His design looks noticeably a little darker and muddier than the first film.
      • He barely respects Odie throughout the story, as he proceeds to kick Odie off the couch at the end of the film, which was done to reference the comics.

    Redeeming Qualities

    1. He was a much better character in the comics and Garfield & Friends.
      • And to be fair, Garfield's jerkass personality was toned down a little in the second live-action film.
      • Another CGI-animation and movie incarnation of Garfield, The Garfield Movie, is also well-written and is a massive improvement over his live-action incarnation; this version is shown to be back in his original personality.
    2. While his 2004 design was way too realistic, it's still decent.
      • Bill Murray's voice of Garfield is seen as doing a good job at voicing Garfield despite sounding dead inside. Some audiences also really liked how Garfield says "I hate mondays".
      • Some scenes in his movies have his original personality, especially in his appearance in the 3 animated films after his live-action appearance, where he was sardonic and cynical like in the comics (which is only helped by the fact Jim Davis, the maker of the comics, was in charge of the animated films).
    3. He has some sympathetic and slightly redeeming moments in the first live-action film, such as getting kicked out of the house without a collar on.
      • He also did try to help Squeaks fake an act of pretending to be eaten by Garfield once Jon ordered Garfield to get rid of Squeaks, and Garfield spitted him out to save his life.
      • He also receives comeuppance for his troublemaking nature in the first film, like being thrown into a cell at a vet for being a stray cat without a collar on.
      • He does hug Odie after freeing Odie from a cage.
      • He even got Happy Chapman defeated by commanding several dogs to bite Chapman for trying to exploit Odie with a shock collar for money on the Chapman show, and he even thanked to dogs for taking down Chapman as a group.
    4. It can come off as interesting (or even a bit fascinating) that he treats Nermal a bit nicely for once by not torturing him in the first film (despite this being out of character for Garfield).
    5. "I may have a little, tough about protecting my turf but uhm... I don't hate the guy."
    6. Compared to many other film adaptions of cartoon characters, he at least has more screen time than the humans, especially since he is not sidelined in favor of some generic human character.

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    Trivia

    • A fictionalized version of Bill Murray claimed he regretted voicing the character in a cameo in Zombieland. In a interview, Bill Murray was even very public about how he regrets voicing Garfield in his history of voice-acting. When Little Rock asks Bill Murray "So do you have any regrets?" and Bill Murray replies "Garfield, maybe.. In the 2019 sequel, Zombieland: Double Tap Little Rock and Columbus are in an abandoned mall during the apocalypse in 2019, there is a poster of the fictional Garfield 3: Labby Tabby, In the mid-credits scene, the fictional Bill Murray is shown promoting the fictional Garfield 3: Labby Tabby, the third film in the live-action Garfield series, until Ail Roaker turns into a zombie, with Bill Murray kills several zombies, where he says Garfield's iconic quote, "I hate Mondays.", the screen cuts to black, and the film ends.
    • Coincidentally, Lorenzo Music, who voiced Garfield, voiced Peter Ventman in The Real Ghosters, another character played by Bill Murray. Frank Welker also voiced Ray Stantz and Slimer in that cartoon.

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