Garfield, one of the world’s most recognizable cartoon creatures, has been a mainstay of pop culture ever since his first appearance in a 1978 Jim Davis comic strip. This has resulted in innumerable spin-offs, including television shows, holiday specials, movies, and a plethora of merchandising.
Despite having a dedicated fanbase, only two live-action/CGI films were produced, both of which starred Bill Murray as the famous cat. After nearly 20 years since the first live-action feature, fans’ wishes are about to come true: their favorite lasagna-loving orange cat will soon have his first animated film released in theaters.
When Is ‘The Garfield Movie’ Coming Out?
The Garfield Movie’s theatrical premiere in the United States and abroad is scheduled for Friday, May 24, 2024... thankfully not a Monday — despite the ever-shifting release window, which had originally been set for February 16, 2024.
Debuting on the same day as two other major blockbusters—Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes and the Mad Max: Fury Road prequel Furiosa—will make for a congested Memorial Day weekend for the film.
Will ‘The Garfield Movie’ Be Available on Streaming?
The Garfield Movie will first be released only in theaters. Sony’s agreement with Netflix in 2021 ensures that the film will appear on the service after its initial theatrical run. Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse and No Hard Feelings are just two of Sony’s recent releases that are now streaming on Netflix.
Yes! Sony Pictures published the above trailer for The Garfield Movie on November 13. In the opening scene of the trailer, a young Garfield desperately wants to enter a pizza parlor where Jon Arbuckle is having a meal by himself. But it turns out to be a ruse to find his next meal, because he devours everything on the menu in one sitting, setting the tone for the trailer’s humorous tone.
A whirlwind adventure is certainly on the cards for Garfield and Odie, as we are first introduced to the canon-altering Vic, Garfield’s father. The combination of Garfield and Vic seems like it would result in hysterical chaos, the kind of mayhem that would be perfect for a jolly family day.
What Is ‘The Garfield Movie’ About?
According to the movie’s official description:
“Garfield (voiced by Chris Pratt), the world-famous, Monday-hating, lasagna-loving indoor cat, is about to have a wild outdoor adventure! After an unexpected reunion with his long-lost father – scruffy street cat Vic (voiced by Samuel L. Jackson) – Garfield and his canine friend Odie are forced from their perfectly pampered life into joining Vic in a hilarious, high-stakes heist.”
The Garfield Movie, with its giddy plot summary, plans to cash in on the legacy of the comic strip by giving the beloved cat his biggest adventure to date.
Who Stars in ‘The Garfield Movie’?
As was noted before, Chris Pratt plays Garfield. With roles in The Lego Movie and Onward under his belt, as well as the recent The Super Mario Bros. Movie, Pratt is no stranger to the world of animation. Garfield’s father Vic, played by Samuel L. Jackson, is a new addition to the series.
Jackson has actually voiced an animated cat before in Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank, so this isn’t his first rodeo. Hannah Waddingham and Brett Goldstein, who starred in Ted Lasso, have also been announced as members of the voice cast, though their characters have yet to be revealed.
Nicholas Hoult (The Menu), Ving Rhames (Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning: Part 1), Cecily Strong (Schmigadoon!), and Bowen Yang (Saturday Night Live) round out the film’s ensemble. In addition to the trailer, it was announced that Harvey Guillén, of What We Do in the Shadows, will be providing Odie’s voice.
Where To Watch the Bill Murray Garfield Movies?
Here are two convenient links to view the live-action Garfield films if you, like Garfield, feel impatient while waiting for dinner and need your feline dose. The first one is directed by Peter Hewitt and features Bill Murray’s debut as Garfield.
In the movie, Garfield’s owner Jon (Breckin Meyer) adopts Odie the dog, much to the disgust of Garfield. Garfield, the world’s laziest cat, is forced into immediate action when Odie is kidnapped, much to his chagrin and jealousy.
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