Did you know? Cats can’t actually digest Italian food. If you were to somehow convince a real cat to eat lasagna (and as any cat owner knows, you can’t force them to eat anything), they would barf it back up in minutes. Something to do with their carnivore biology being incompatible with plant-based edibles. Garfield’s whole existence is a lie.
That, however, doesn’t seem to matter — love him or hate him, Garfield remains one of the most iconic cartoon characters on Earth. And after a couple of rather embarrassing live-action films in the 2000s with a hideous “realistic” Garfield, he’s finally making his big-screen debut in the format he should’ve been in all along: animation.
Not only that, Mark Dindal is directing his new adventure; the man who made two of my favorite cartoon films of all time (Cat’s Don’t Dance and The Emperor’s New Groove). We stand a chance of finally getting a good Garfield movie, even if Chris Pratt doesn’t come anywhere close to Lorenzo Music. The film also stars Samuel L. Jackson, Hannah Waddingham, Ving Rhames, Nicholas Hoult, Cecily Strong, Harvey Guillén, Brett Goldstein and Bowen Yang.
You might have heard that Nickelodeon now owns Garfield, and yet Sony is releasing The Garfield Movie, not Paramount. Why is that? Because the movie deal went through in May of 2016, before Viacom could permanently tag the feline.
Some of the less educated journalists out there are writing that this trailer “reveals” Garfield’s origin. It’s actually a rewrite. I had it drilled into my head through strips and TV specials that Garfield was born in the kitchen of an Italian restaurant and that is why he loves that genre of food so much. But in this movie, Garfield was abandoned in a box as a kitten and meets Jon immediately afterward, who offers him a slice of pizza — and then Garfield eats the entire pie and everything else.
The Garfield Movie will be released in the summer of 2024.