The lazy, lasagne-loving cat with a sardonic attitude that has won him 260 million worldwide comic strip readers has been given the CGI treatment and his own movie. Garfield: The Movie also features a cast of real people and animals who play second fiddle to the supercilious star, voiced with suitably world-weary ennui by Bill Murray.
Breckin Meyer is Jon Arbuckle, Garfields owner and chief provider who lately has been taking him for numerous visits to see local vet, Liz Wilson (Jennifer Love Hewitt). Jon is trying to pluck up the courage to ask her for a date, but what he gets instead is a dog called Odie. Suddenly, Garfields cushy world in a one-pet household is invaded and his exclusivity for Jons attention is challenged. This cant go on.
True to form, Garfield manages to lock the friendly and faithful Odie out of the house, unaware that dogs have a habit of running away. Odie finds himself dog-napped by a television personality called Happy Chapman (Stephen Tobolowsky) who is neither personable nor happy and who wants a dog like Odie to replace his cat, Persnikitty (voiced by Alan Cumming) on his show.
Guilt-ridden Garfield manages to drag himself more than a few paw-steps away from his haven and go in search of Odie, revealing a side of himself thats rarely seen in a three-panel comic strip! It seems that this fat cat is a pussy at heart.
Behind some of the other voices for the animals who are part of Garfields neighbourhood are Debra Messing as Arlene, a cat who is appalled by his treatment of the lovable Odie, Brad Garrett as Luca, a Doberman who is given a daily run around by the chubby orange tabby, and Nick Cannon as Louis, a rodent whose relationship with the feline superstar is a world away from Tom and Jerrys energetic cat-and-mouse games.