Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties




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Film: Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties [PG] 80 minutes
WIP™ Scale: $7.50
Where Viewed: AMC Loews Meridian 16 Seattle, WA
When 1st Seen: 22 June 2006
Time: 5:15 p.m.
Review Dedicated to: Lucky and Vandi of Firestone, CO


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I loved the Garfield comic strip. I loved the car window suction cup Garfield. I did not see the first Garfield movie. Keeping all those things in mind, my views of the latest chapter in the Garfield saga, despite the incredibly clever title Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties, were not so great. Ok, one of my pet peeves in movies is talking animals. I don't know why. So, for me to enjoy a talking animal movie, it has to be amazing. At best, this film is light and airy. I didn't find it very funny. Moreover, I didn't find that it tickled me in any of the ways of the original comic strip. Everyone and everything in the movie is nice enough. Jennifer Love Hewett and Brekin Meyer reprise their roles as Liz and Jon Arbuckle. Sir Ian Abercrombie delivers a fine performance as a butler, and Bill Murray was back as the fat cat's voice. All were very nice. Scotsman, Billy Connolly, even turns up as the nasty villain Mr. Dargis and does a swell job. Despite some harrowing moments, everything turns out nicely in the end with everyone friends and all happy. Isn't that what one wants from a movie pitched at kids? Sure, but I don’t even think most kids will find this film very entertaining. The plot is again one of mistaken identities and trading places. So, a very royal cat named Prince XII ends up slumming it with Otie and learning to love lasagna as Garfield lives to his gluttonous content in the Prince's castle staffed with cooks and caretakers to accommodate his every whim. What Garfield doesn't know is that Mr. Dargis needs him gone in order to turn his castle into condo resort and spa. Fortunately, the rest of the barnyard animals work to protect him because they know that as soon as 'Prince XII' is out of the picture, Mr. Dargis inherits everything and their collective 'goose', so to speak, will be cooked. As Dargis gets closer to executing his nasty plans, Otie helps John figure out that Garfield has been swapped with Prince XII and they head off to the castle by cab just in the nick of time for Jon to be the hero and propose to Liz.

" Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties--a nice tale that's about as fun to watch as a dog chasing his tail."
The computer animation for Garfield was wonderful. He is photorealistic with a saggy tummy. There is one really fun sequence when Garfield and Prince finally meet and they are not sure of the other is real or a reflection in a mirror. This kind of thing comes across beautifully in a CGI environment and provides an obvious example where CGI technology has gone in the past decade.

Overall, however, the film is not one that really teaches a lesson or conveys a moral. The story is not overly engaging or entertaining. The fish out of water concept created by the switch doesn't capitalize on much of the humor that was the real success to the Eddie Murphy / Dan Akroyd film, Trading Places, which followed a similar concept, for example. Therefore, the end result is a nice tale that's about as fun to watch as a dog chasing his tail. It's funny for about 5 seconds and then it's just pure wonderment as to what keeps him going.



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Despite the incredibly clever title Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties, the film is not so great. At best, this film is light and airy and not terribly funny. Jennifer Love Hewett and Brekin Meyer reprise their roles as Liz and Jon Arbuckle. Sir Ian Abercrombie delivers a fine performance as a butler, and Bill Murray was back as the fat cat's voice. All were very nice. Scotsman, Billy Connolly, even turns up as the nasty villain Mr. Dargis and does a swell job. The computer animation for Garfield was wonderful including his photorealistic, saggy tummy. The end result is a nice tale that's about as fun to watch as a dog chasing his tail. It's funny for about 5 seconds and then it's just pure wonderment as to what keeps him going.

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