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Garfield
Garfieldand friends.png
Author(s) Jim Davis
Website Garfield.com
Current status / schedule Running/Daily
Launch date June 19, 1978
Syndicate(s) Paws, Inc. (current) (1994-present) (recolored comic strips)
Universal Press Syndicate (current) (1994-present)
United Feature Syndicate (former) (1978-1993)
Publisher(s) Random House (under Ballantine Books), occasionally Andrews McMeel Publishing

Garfield is a comic strip created by Jim Davis. Published since June 19, 1978, it chronicles the life of the title character, the cat Garfield (named after Davis' grandfather); his owner, Jon Arbuckle; and Arbuckle's dog, Odie. As of 2007, it was syndicated in roughly 2,580 newspapers and journals, and held the Guinness World Record for being the world's most widely syndicated comic strip.[1]

Though this is never mentioned in print, Garfield is set in Muncie, Indiana, the home of Jim Davis, according to the television special Garfield Goes Hollywood. Common themes in the strip include Garfield's laziness, obsessive eating, and hatred of Mondays and diets. The strip's focus is mostly on the interactions among Garfield, Jon, and Odie; recurring minor characters appear as well.

Originally created with the intentions to "come up with a good, marketable character," Garfield has become an entire industry, with merchandise earning $750 million to $1 billion annually. In addition to the various merchandise and commercial tie-ins, the strip has spawned several animated television specials, two animated television series, two theatrical feature-length live-action films and three CGI animated direct-to-video movies. Part of the strip's broad appeal is due to its lack of social or political commentary; though this was Davis' original intention, he also admitted that his "grasp of politics isn't strong," remarking that, for many years, he thought "OPEC was a denture adhesive."[2][3]

Contents

History

In the 1970s a popular artist, Jim Davis, authored a strip, Gnorm Gnat, which met with mostly negative reviews. One editor said that "his art was good, his gags were great," but "nobody can identify with bugs." Davis took his advice and created a new strip with a cat as its main character.[4] The strip originally consisted of four main characters. Garfield, the titular character, was based on the cats Davis was around growing up; he took his name and personality from Davis' grandfather James A. Garfield Davis,[5] who was, in Davis' words, "a large cantankerous man". Jon Arbuckle came from a coffee commercial from the 1950s, and Odie came from a radio advertisement Davis had written for Oldsmobile-Cadillac. The fourth character, Lyman, was Odie's original owner; he was written in to give Jon someone to talk with. Davis later realized that Garfield and Jon could "communicate nonverbally", and Lyman was written out. The strip was originally rejected by King Features Syndicate and Chicago Tribune-New York News; United Feature Syndicate, however, accepted it in 1978. It debuted in 41 newspapers on June 19 of that year.[1][6] In 1994, Davis' company, Paws, Inc., purchased all rights to the strips from 1978-1993 from United Feature. The strip is currently distributed by Universal Press Syndicate, while rights for the strip remain with Paws.

The appearance of the characters gradually changed over time".[7] The left panel is taken from a 1980 strip; the right is from a 1990 strip.

Garfield quickly became a commercial success. In 1981, less than three years after its release, the strip appeared in 850 newspapers and accumulated over $15 million in merchandise. To manage the merchandise, Davis founded Paws, Inc.[8] By 2002, Garfield became the world's most syndicated strip, appearing in 2,570 newspapers with 263 million readers worldwide;[1] by 2004, Garfield appeared in nearly 2,600 newspapers and sold from $750 million to $1 billion worth of merchandise in 111 countries.[9]

As it progressed, the strip underwent stylistic changes. The appearance of Garfield was probably the most notable; he underwent a "Darwinian evolution" in which he began walking on his hind legs, "slimmed down", and "stopped looking [...] through squinty little eyes". His evolution, according to Davis, was to make it easier to "push Odie off the table" or "reach for a piece of pie".[7]

Davis is no longer the sole artist of Garfield. Though he still writes the stories and rough sketches, other artists handle the inking, coloring, and lettering. Davis otherwise spends most of his time managing the business and merchandising of Garfield.[9]

Marketing

Garfield was originally created by Davis with the intention to come up with a "good, marketable character".[9] Now the world's most syndicated comic strip, Garfield has spawned a "profusion" of merchandise including clothing, toys, games, Caribbean cruises, credit cards, and related media.[9][10] Garfield merchandise consists of a variety of toys, dolls,[11] and DVDs of the movies or the TV series.[12]

Media

Feature films

Garfield: The Movie was the strip's first feature film. Released on June 11, 2004, the movie followed Garfield's quest to save the newly-adopted Odie from a TV pet-show host. While some critics lauded the casting of Bill Murray as the title character, Garfield: The Movie met with mostly negative reviews: Manohla Dargis of the Los Angeles Times called it "soulless excuse for entertainment", while Desson Thomson of The Washington Post said of the film "There's nothing to recommend about this film except its sheer innocuousness".[13][14] The film garnered a 13% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, while Yahoo! Movies gave the film a C- grade.[15][16] The film's sequel, Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties (2006), did not perform any better in terms of critical reception, gathering an 11% rating from Rotten Tomatoes and a C- grade from Yahoo! Movies.[17][18] In 2007, the CGI movie Garfield Gets Real was released.[19]

Internet

Garfield.com is the strip's official website, containing archives of past strips along with games and an online store. Jim Davis has also collaborated with Ball State University and Pearson Digital Learning to create Professor Garfield, a site with educational games focusing on math and reading skills and with Children's Technology Group to create MindWalker, a web browser that allows parents to limit the websites their children can view to a pre-set list.[20][21][22]

A variety of edited Garfield strips have been made available on the Internet, some hosted on their own unofficial, dedicated sites. Dating from 2005, a site called the "Garfield Randomizer" created a three-panel strip using panels from previous Garfield strips. It was eventually shut down.[23][24][25] Another approach, known as "Silent Garfield", involves removing Garfield's thought balloons from the strips.[26] Some examples date from 2006.[27] A webcomic called Arbuckle does the above but also redraws the originals in a different art style. The Arbuckle website creator writes: "'Garfield' changes from being a comic about a sassy, corpulent feline, and becomes a compelling picture of a lonely, pathetic, delusional man who talks to his pets. Consider that Jon, according to Garfield canon, cannot hear his cat's thoughts. This is the world as he sees it. This is his story".[28] Another variation along the same lines, called "Realfield" or "Realistic Garfield", is to redraw Garfield as a real cat as well as removing his thought balloons.[26][29] Still another approach to editing the strips involves removing Garfield and other main characters from the originals completely, leaving Jon talking to himself. While strips in this vein can be found online as early as 2006,[27] the 2008 site Garfield Minus Garfield by Dan Walsh received enough online attention to be covered by news media. Reception was largely positive: at its peak, the site received as many as 300,000 hits per day. Fans connected with Jon's "loneliness and desperation" and found his "crazy antics" humorous; Jim Davis himself called Walsh's strips an "inspired thing to do" and said that "some of [the strips] work better [than the originals]".[30][31] Ballantine Books, which publishes the Garfield books, released a volume of Garfield Minus Garfield strips on October 28, 2008. The volume retains Davis as author and features a foreword by Walsh.[26]

Television

From 1982 to 1991, twelve primetime Garfield cartoon specials and one hour-long primetime documentary celebrating the character's 10th anniversary were aired; Lorenzo Music voiced Garfield in all of them. A television cartoon show, Garfield and Friends aired for seven seasons from 1988 to 1994; this adaption also starred Music as the voice of Garfield. The Garfield Show, a CGI series, started production in 2008 to coincide with the strip's 30th anniversary.[32] It premiered in France in December 2008 and made its US debut on Cartoon Network on November 2, 2009.

Video games

Garfield: Big Fat Hairy Deal' is a 1987 computer game for the Atari ST, ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC and the Amiga based on the comic strip.

Stage

A full-length stage musical, titled "Garfield Live", was planned to kick off its USA tour and world tour in September 2010, but got moved to January 2011. The book will be written by Jim Davis, with music and lyrics by Michael Dansicker and Bill Meade, and it will be booked by AWA Touring Services. However, no other cast or crew has been announced. The opening song, "Cattitude" can be heard on the national tour's website.[33]

Main characters

Through the Garfield strips, there hae been many additional characters, but the three main ones are described here.

Garfield

Garfield the Cat.svg

First appearance: June 19, 1978

I'm not overweight, I'm undertall.

Garfield At Large: His First Book (1980)[34]

Garfield is a persian cat born in the kitchen of an Italian restaurant (later revealed in the television special Garfield: His 9 Lives to be Mama Leoni's Italian Restaurant) and immediately ate all the pasta and lasagna in sight, thus developing a love and obsession for lasagna.[35][36] Gags in the strips commonly deal with Garfield's obesity (in one strip, Jon jokes, "I wouldn't say Garfield is fat, but the last time he got on a Ferris wheel, the two guys on top starved to death"),[37] and his hatred of exercise (or any form of work; he is known for saying breathing is exercise.) In addition to being portrayed as lazy and fat, Garfield is also pessimistic, sadistic, cynical, sarcastic, sardonic and a bit obnoxious. He enjoys destroying things, mauling the mailman, tormenting Odie, kicking Odie off the table; he also makes snide comments, usually about Jon's inability to get a date (in one strip, when Jon bemoans the fact that no one will go out with him on New Year's, Garfield replies, "Don't feel bad Jon. They wouldn't go out with you even if it weren't New Year's.") Though Garfield can be very cynical, he does have a soft side for his teddy bear, Pooky, food and sleep, but one Christmas he says "they say I have to get up early, be nice to people, skip breakfast...I wish it would never end."[38]

Jon Arbuckle

Jon

First appearance: June 19, 1978

Jon: Here's my sixth-grade report card. My parents were so proud. Garfield, reading the report card: "Jon has not shoved any crayons up his nose this term."

Garfield (1996)[39]

Jon (Jonathan Q. Arbuckle) is Garfield's owner, usually depicted as an awkward clumsy geek who has trouble finding a date. Jon also had a crush on Liz (Garfield's veterinarian) and is currently dating her. Jon loves (or occasionally hates) Garfield and all cats. Many gags focus on this; his inability to get a date is usually attributed to his lack of social skills, his poor taste in clothes (Garfield remarked in one strip after seeing his closet that "two hundred moths committed suicide";[40] in another, the "geek police" ordered Jon to "throw out his tie"),[41] and his eccentric interests which range from stamp collecting to measuring the growth of his toenails to watching movies with "polka ninjas". Other strips portray him as having a lack of intelligence (he is seen reading a pop-up book in one strip).[42]Jon was born on a farm that apparently contained few amenities; in one strip, his father, upon seeing indoor plumbing, remarks, "Woo-ha! Ain't science something?"[43] Jon occasionally visits his family (consisting of his mother, father, brother and grandma) at their farm.

Odie

Odie

First appearance: August 8, 1978[44]

Jon: I think I'm having some kind of identity crisis. Garfield, walking past Odie who is lying in a kitchen drawer: He thinks he's having an identity crisis....Odie thinks he's a potato peeler.

Garfield (1991)[45]

Odie, a yellow, long-eared beagle who drools and walks on all four legs, was originally owned by Jon’s friend Lyman, though Jon adopted him after Lyman was written out of the strip. Odie is mostly portrayed as naive and unintelligent, although in one strip when Garfield and Jon are out of the house, Odie is seen reading War and Peace and watching a television program, An Evening With Mozart.[46] Odie is often subjected to physical abuse by Garfield (a running gag in the strip is Garfield kicking, pushing, or tricking Odie off the coffee table). Odie can show signs of being smart (such as holding a heavy rock while standing at the end of the table, which prevents Garfield from kicking him off, in fact Garfield hurts his foot. Also, he is seen solving Jon's sudoku puzzle). Odie is also famous for his huge, slobbering tongue. (One quote from Garfield after seeing Odie's tongue: "Is there any wonder why there's no room in his head for a brain?" .)

Recurring subjects and themes

Many of the gags focus on Garfield's obsessive eating and obesity; his hate of Mondays, diets, and any form of exertion; and his abuse of Odie and Jon. Though he will eat nearly anything, Garfield is particularly fond of lasagna; he also enjoys eating Jon's houseplants and other pets (mainly birds and fish). He also has odd relationships with household pests; Garfield generally spares mice, and even cooperates with them to cause mischief (much to Jon's chagrin), but doesn't mind swatting spiders. Other gags focused on Jon's poor social skills and inability to get a date; before he started dating Liz, he often tried to get dates, usually without success (in one strip, after failing to get a date with "Nancy", he tried getting a date with her mother and grandmother; he ended up getting "shot down by three generations".)[47] When he does get a date, it usually goes awry; Jon's dates have slashed his tires, been tranquilized, and called the police when he stuck carrots in his ears.[48][49][50]

Garfield's world has specific locations that appear normally on the comic strips, like the Vet’s office, a place he loathes. Irma’s Diner is another occasional setting. Irma is a chirpy but slow-witted and unattractive waitress/manager, and one of Jon’s few friends. The terrible food is the center of most of the jokes, along with the poor management. Jon periodically visits his parents and brother on the farm. This results in week-long comical displays of stupidity by Jon and his family, and their interactions. There is a comic strip where Jon's brother Doc Boy is watching two socks in the dryer spinning and Doc Boy calls it entertainment. On the farm, Jon's mother will cook huge dinners; Garfield hugs her for this. Jon has a grandmother who in a strip kicked Odie and Garfield hugged her. Jon's parents once visited Jon, Garfield, and Odie in the city. Jon's father drove into town on his tractor (which he double-parked) and brought a rooster to wake him up.[51] As Garfield has a love for food, they will often eat out at Restaurants. Most trips end up embarrassing because Garfield will pig out, or Jon will do something stupid, including wearing an ugly shirt, which happened one night when he took Liz on a date. When Jon does take Liz on a date, Garfield always tags along, and he once filled up on bread.[51] Frequently, the characters break the fourth wall, mostly to explain something to the readers, talk about a subject that often sets up the strip's punchline (like Jon claiming that pets are good for exercise right before he finds Garfield in the kitchen and chases him out),[52] or give a mere glare when a character is belittled or not impressed. Sometimes, this theme revolves around the conventions of the strip; for example, in one strip, Garfield catches a cold and complains about it, noting, "Eben my thoughts are stuffed ub."[53]

Short storylines

Garfield often engages in one- to two-week-long interactions with a minor character, event, or thing, such as Nermal, Arlene, the mailman, alarm clocks, a talking scale, the TV, Pooky, spiders, mice, balls of yarn, dieting, shedding, pie throwing, fishing, vacations, etc.

Other unique themes are things like “Garfield’s Believe It or Don’t,”[54] “Garfield’s Law,”[55] “Garfield’s History of Dogs,”[56] and “Garfield’s History of Cats,”[57] which show science, history and the world from Garfield’s point of view. Another particular theme is the “National Fat Week,” where Garfield spends the week making fun of skinny people. Also, there was a time when Garfield caught Odie eating Garfield’s food, so Garfield “kicked Odie into next week.”[58] Soon, Garfield realizes that “Lunch isn’t the same without Odie. He always slips up behind me, barks loudly and makes me fall into my food,” with the result of Garfield falling into his food by himself.[59] Soon after, Garfield is lying in his bed with a “nagging feeling I'm forgetting something,” with Odie landing on Garfield in the next panel.[60] Ever since Jon and Liz began to go out more frequently, Jon has started hiring pet sitters to look after Garfield and Odie, though they don't always work out. Two particular examples are Lillian, an eccentric old lady with odd quirks, and Greta, a muscle bound woman who was hired to look after the pets during New Years. Most of December is spent preparing for Christmas, with a predictable focus on presents. Another example is "Splut Week", when Garfield tries to avoid pies called spluts that are thrown at him.

Every week before June 19, the strip focuses on Garfield's birthday, which he dreads because of his fear of getting older. This started happening after his sixth birthday. However, before his 29th birthday, Liz put Garfield on a diet. On June 19, 2007, Garfield was given the greatest birthday present: “I’M OFF MY DIET!” Occasionally the strip celebrates Halloween as well with scary-themed jokes, such as mask gags. There are also seasonal jokes, with snow-related gags common in January or February and beach or heat themed jokes in the summer.

Right panel of Oct 27, 1989 strip.

One storyline, which ran the week before Halloween in 1989 (Oct 23 to Oct 28), is unique among Garfield strips in that it is not meant to be humorous. It depicts Garfield awakening in a future in which the house is abandoned and he no longer exists. In tone and imagery the storyline for this series of strips is very similar to the animation segment for Valse Triste from Allegro non troppo, which depicts a ghostly cat roaming around the ruins of the home it once inhabited.

There is some speculation on the internet about what these strips mean,[61] including the possibility that Garfield was either dead or starving to death in an abandoned house, imagining future strips in a state of denial. Jim Davis is reported to have actually “laughed loudly” when informed of these rumors circulating on the Internet.[62] In Garfield’s Twentieth Anniversary Collection, in which the strips are reprinted, Jim Davis discusses the genesis for this series of strips. His caption, in its entirety states:

During a writing session that week, I got the idea for this decidedly different series of strips. I wanted to scare people. And what do people fear? Why, being alone of course. We carried out the concept to its logical conclusion and got a lot of responses from readers. Reaction ranged from 'Right on!' to 'This isn't a trend is it?'

Another recurring storyline involves Garfield getting lost or running away. One of these storylines lasted for over a month (in 1986 August 25 to September 28); it begins when Jon tells Garfield to go get the newspaper. Garfield walks outside to get it, but speculates about what will happen if he wanders off. Jon notices Garfield has been gone too long, so he sends Odie out to find him. He quickly realizes his mistake (Odie, being not too bright, also gets lost). Jon starts to get lonely, so he offers a reward for the return of Garfield and Odie. He is not descriptive, so animals including an elephant, monkeys, a seal, a snake, a kangaroo & joey, and turtles are brought to Jon’s house for the reward. After a series of events, including Odie being adopted by a small girl, both pets meeting up at a circus that they briefly joined, and both going to a pet shop, Garfield and Odie make it back home. Another involved Jon going away on a business trip, leaving Garfield a week's worth of food which he devoured instantly, so Garfield leaves his house and gets locked out. He then reunites with his parents, and eventually makes it back home in the snow on Christmas Eve. Part of this storyline was taken from the 1983 Emmy-winning special Garfield on the Town.

Paws, Inc.

Paws, Inc.[63] was founded in 1981 by Jim Davis to support the Garfield comic strip and its licensing. It is located in Muncie, Indiana and has a staff of nearly 50 artists and licensing administrators. In 1994, the company purchased all rights to the Garfield comic strips from 1978-1993 from United Feature Syndicate. However, the original black and white daily strips and original color Sunday strips remain copyrighted to United Feature Syndicate. The full color daily strips and recolored Sunday strips are copyrighted to Paws as they are considered a different product. The strip is currently distributed by Universal Press Syndicate, however, rights for the strip remain with Paws, Inc.

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External links


Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

Garfield is a popular comic strip created by Jim Davis, as well as the name of the main character of the strip.

For quotes from the animated TV series based on the strip, see: Garfield and Friends.

Contents

From the Comic Strip

Garfield

  • I hate Mondays!
  • Happiness is a warm television set. (23 June 1978) [1]
  • Everything tastes good when you're on a diet. (1 Sept 1978) [2]
  • If God had intended for dogs to bark, He would've given them roots and leaves. (29 Sept 1978) [3]
  • As long as there is one rocking chair left in this world, no cat's tail is safe. (16 Nov 1978) [4]
  • I'm fat, and I'm lazy, and I'm proud of it! (31 Dec 1978) [5]
  • I'm only human. (22 Jan 1979) [6]
  • A true gourmet never shies away from a new taste treat. (8 July 1979) [7]
  • Show me a jogger and I'll show you a strange person with a thing for pain. (23 Aug 1979) [8]
  • Cats are just little people with fur and fangs. (12 Oct 1979) [9]
  • The things I do for this strip. (27 Dec 1979) [10]
  • Frailty, thy name is dog. (6 July 1980) [11]
  • Home is where they understand you. (7 Feb 1981) [12]
  • You know it's Monday when you find sharks circling in your water bowl. (03 Aug 1981) [13]
  • All the world's a cookie jar, and all the men and women merely crumbs. ... I happen to be one of the chocolate chips. (09 Dec 1981) [14]
  • If a dog were a faucet, it would leak. (14 May 1982) [15]
  • I'll get checked-up while the lady vet gets checked-out. (04 Mar 1985) [16]
  • I'm a creature of habit ... All the bad ones. (28 Apr 1985) [17]
  • on why he loves his teddy bear: It is said we were given two ears and only one mouth so that we can tell only half of what we hear. Pooky has two ears and no mouth. (13 Jun 1985) [18]
  • The only thing active about me is my imagination. (29 Jan 1986) [19]
  • Some people lose weight. I just give it a temporary leave of absence. (4 Dec 1986) [20]
  • Jogging's the disease. I'm the cure. (07 April 1987) [21]
  • Dogs appear friendly, but I'd hate to get caught between one and his appetite. (01 Feb 1987) [22]
  • On Odie: He was bred to be a working dog. Specifically, a paperweight or a doorstop. (16 Sep 1987) [23]
  • Food is a dichotomy...fat people hate to love it...and skinny people love to hate it. (8 Dec 1987) [24]
  • Well, another year is almost under the belt. And I've had 313 pretty good days. The Mondays sucked. (31 Dec 1990) [25]
  • It must be Monday. It's cold... it's dreary... it's raining... even inside the house. (4 Mar 1991) [26]
  • Jon says I have a bad attitude in the morning. Some people have to ease into the day. I feel better after I've killed something. (15 Feb 1993) [27]
  • Dogs are nature's way of telling us we could be worse off. (16 Mar 1991) [28]
  • They should give out awards for dull days. ... We'd have a trophy case the size of Canada. (28 May 1991) [29]
  • You can't rush art you big crybaby. (10 Jan 1992) [30]
  • I may be just a cat, but it doesn't seem to me that life is quite as simple as jon makes it. (1 Mar 2004) [31]
  • Standing is overrated. (29 Sep 2005) [32]
  • Freedom is overrated. (1 Sep 2006) [33]
  • We're bachelors, baby. (6 Nov-11 Nov 2006, 3 Sept 2007, 27 Mar 2008, 23 Apr 2009, 22 Jul 2009) [34] [35] [36] [37] [38] [39]

[40] [41]

  • Beauty is in the eye of the bachelor. (29 Mar 2008) [42]
  • from "Garfield's Good Life Guide" in Readers' Digest ("RDPets," May 2007 issue, p. 226):
    • You never really own a cat. You can only make him happy and hope he won't leave you for someone better, like the pizza guy.
    • When I meet a new human, I know immediately whether he's a cat person. If he pets me and suffocates me with hugs, yuck! It's so over. But if he ignores me or is allergic or terrified, I find him irresistible.
    • If I bring you a dead rodent, I expect thanks. If you're not in the mood for a rodent, get in the mood. Appropriate responses: scratching behind my ear, praising me and putting the gift on some sort of pedestal or perhaps in a well-lit china cabinet.

Jon Arbuckle

  • GARFIIIIIELD!
  • Never trust a smiling cat. (5 Aug 1978) [43]
  • Cats are nice to have when you're lonely. (14 Oct 1978) [44]
  • I love getting mail. It's just another reminder you're alive. (16 Apr 1979) [45]
  • I think I'll step into the next room and have a nervous breakdown. (9 Apr 1980) [46]
  • I'm going to kill you, Odie! (27 Feb 1983) [47]
  • trying to charm his date: Your hair is like a field of golden wheat in the sun... Your eyes are like limpid pools of blue... Your nose is like an ice pick stuck in a barn door. (23 Nov 1991) [48]
  • With Garfield, the goal of a diet isn't losing weight. It's slowing down the gain. (24 Jul 1992) [49]
  • There are many, many things I will never understand... and they're all women. (16 Mar 2001) [50]
  • I'm an authority on boring. (6 Sept 2006) [51]
  • I may never reach my full potential. (8 Aug 2007) [52]

Dialogues

  • Garfield: (Lying down on the table) No animal is more graceful than a cat.
(Looks at the camera,still lying down and then moves head back to original position)
Garfield: You'll have to take my word for it.
(18 Mar 2008) [53]
  • Garfield: (Sitting in the rain) It must be Monday. It's cold... It's dreary... It's raining...
(Pan out to reveal that Garfield is indoors.)
Garfield: Even inside the house.
(4 Mar 1991) [54]
  • Jon: Our only thought is to entertain you.
Garfield: Feed Me.
(From the very first strip, 19 Jun 1978) [55]
  • Jon: You should start each day with a smile.
Garfield: That's a pretty tall order. Couldn't I start with a smirk and work my way up?
(15 Jul 1991) [56]
  • Jon: (To Garfield, suspiciously) Where's the filling to my sandwich?
Garfield: It's gone to food heaven.
(27 Feb 1991) [57]
  • Jon: Do you know what I love about you, Garfield? You're so unpredictable.
In the space of a few seconds, Garfield, who had been lying peacefully on Jon's lap, rips off the sleeve of Jon's shirt, hits Jon in the face with a pie, yanks Jon's pants off his body, and kicks Jon's chair over backwards.
Jon: Me and my biiiiiiiig mouth.
(14 Jul 1991) [58]
  • Garfield: If you can guess how many cookies are in this jar, you win the entire contents!
Jon: You ate them all, didn't you?
Garfield: WE HAVE A WINNER!
(1 Apr 1991) [59]
  • Jon: You get the house filthy, and I clean it!
Garfield: Ah, the delicate balance of nature.
(2 Feb 1992) [60]
  • Jon: I'm going to start you on your diet slowly, Garfield. For the rest of the week you may have no desserts.
Garfield: Fine and dandy. (Eyeing a double-layered cake) Helloooo, main course.
(22 July 1981) [61]
  • Jon: It isn't healthy for a cat to be as big as you are, Garfield. Why, you could get heart disease, get fallen arches… get harpooned.
Garfield: Couldn't resist, could you.
(17 July 1981) [62]
  • Jon: I have the last of the ice cream, Garfield.
Garfield: Fine.
Jon: I'm going to eat it, and you're not.
Garfield: Enjoy.
(Jon eats a spoonful and makes a terrible face)
Garfield: I replaced it with lard.
(1 Dec 1989) [63]
  • Jon: So, Doc, how's Garfield?
Liz: He'll live.
Jon: And how are my chances of getting a date?
Liz: I'm afraid they're terminal.
(1 Jun 1990) [64]
  • Jon: Let's drink out of each other's glasses.
Jon's Date: How romantic!
Jon: Actually, my last date tried to poison me.
(9 Apr 1993) [65]
  • Jon: It's a beautiful morning!
Garfield: Wake me in the ugly afternoon.
(2 Jan 1993) [66]
  • Jon: Hey Garfield, I've decided to throw a party. I'll invite all of my friends. I'd better start making plans.
Garfield: …And friends.
(8 Dec 1986) [67]
  • (Garfield brings Jon a snack.)
Jon: (Tossing a handful of the snacks into his mouth) Why, thank you, Garfield. … DOG FOOD?! QUICK! GIMME SOMETHING TO DRINK!:(Garfield brings Jon a bottle of…)
Jon: HOT SAUCE! I'M BURNING UP!
(Garfield brings Jon some water - in the goldfish bowl. Jon glugs it before he realizes what he's drinking.)
Jon: GOLDFISH WATER! ANTIDOTE! ANTIDOTE!
(Garfield brings Jon…)
Jon: ARRRRGH! ANCHOVIES!
Garfield: (Grinning) This could go on for days.
(9 Nov 1986) [68]
  • Jon: Reading a book of quotations "Time flies when you're having fun."
Garfield: Are you saying this day will never end?
(8 May 1991) [69]
  • Garfield: Never fear, Jon. No mouse will ever get your cheese while I'm around! (Tossing the whole hunk of cheese into his own mouth) No sirree.
Jon: *Sigh*
(6 Nov 1991) [70]
  • Jon: Garfield, there was a pan of lasagna here. Where's the lasagna?
Garfield: (Grinning) Resting comfortably.
Jon: Where's the pan?
Garfield: (Clutching his stomach) Resting not so comfortably.
(9 Feb 1990) [71]
  • Lyman: What's your tennis racket strung with?
Jon: Catgut.
Garfield: (grabs the racket) Aunt Reba!!
(6 Jun 1979) [72]
  • Jon (to the phone): I may not be rich, but remember this: money can't buy happiness.
Garfield: You rent it?!
(8 May 2006) [73]
  • Garfield: (Standing atop Jon's easy chair) From this vantage point, I can survey all that I rule!
Odie walks by, as does Jon, wearing a T-shirt that says "Kiss Me," a pair of heart-print shorts, and bunny slippers.
Garfield: Sigh… I abdicate.
(20 May 1991) [74]
  • Jon: Doc, how are you?
Liz: Fine
Jon: And how's your boyfriend?
Liz: I don't have a boy-
(Jon smiles)
Garfield: Lady, you have no one to blame but yourself.
Liz: -friend…
(26 Jun 2000) [75]
  • Jon: I'm bored.
Garfield You're also boring. (smiles) You do it all!
(21 Nov 2000) [76]
  • Jon: Quiet day today.
Garfield: Did I mention I rolled Odie up in a blanket and stuffed him onto the top shelf of the hall closet?
Jon: Very quiet.
Garfield: Quiet indeed…
(11 Sep 1993) [77]
  • Garfield: Hey, Jon, what's new?
Jon: My life stinks.
Garfield: I said what's NEW?
(2 Aug 1993) [78]
  • Jon: Somewhere out there is the woman for me!… hiding no doubt.
Garfield: That was MY line!
(29 Apr 2002) [79]
  • Garfield: (bragging to Jon) I came within an eyelash of catching that pesky mouse today.
Mouse: I'm back from Hawaii!
Garfield: OK, so it was several eyelashes.
(17 Apr 1997) [80]
  • Jon: How cute! Nermal brought me my newspaper! And my slippers and my pipe! What more could a man want?
Garfield: (dragging in a woman by her legs) How about a woman?
(25 Jan 1984) [81]
  • Garfield: What a dismal day. I think I'll stay in bed all day.
Jon: Good morning, Garfield. It's a beautiful day today.
Garfield: What a beautiful day. I think I'll stay in bed all day.
(8 Mar 1982) [82]
  • Jon: Having a girlfriend changes everything, Garfield. The ways things taste, the way things smell. I'm gonna have to change my socks more often.
Garfield: Especially the way things smell.
(8 Aug 2006) [83]
  • Sign: Beware of Dog
(Garfield walks along)
Sign: Or visit me on the web at:
Sign 2 www. (sign goes off the page)
(14 Oct 2006) [84]
  • Jon: I'm in the mood to party!… Or fold laundry.
Garfield: There's little difference in Jon's world.
(15 Aug 2006) [85]
  • Phone (When Garfield picks up) May I speak to the head of the household?
Garfield No…
Phone Hello? Hello?
Garfield Cats can't talk.
(31 Jul 1996) [86]
  • Phone (Garfield picks up) May I speak to the moron of the house?
Garfield (Looking over his shoulder, seeing Jon and Odie) Could you be more specific?
(26 Jun 1998) [87]
  • Garfield sleeps at the doorway
Jon: (Walks in the door and trips over Garfield, spilling his shopping everywhere) ARRRRGH!
Jon GARFIELD! HOW MANY TIMES HAVE I TOLD YOU NOT TO LIE NEAR THE DOOR?!:Jon: (Gets up) I'm sick of tripping over you!
Garfield (Walks into the living room) All right! All right!
Jon: (Gets up and puts his shopping back into the bags) Why does this always happen to me?
Jon: (Walks into the living room and trips over Garfield again, spilling his shopping again) ARRRRGH!
Jon: HOW MANY TIMES HAVE I TOLD YOU NOT TO LIE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE LIVING ROOM?!
Garfield: (Puts paws on head) I can't win.
(7 Jun 1987) [88]
  • Garfield is building a snowman
Jon: (Offscreen) Garfield, hurry up! I'm getting tired!
Garfield: Gripe, gripe, gripe.
Jon: (Offscreen) And I'm freezing, too!
Garfield: You can't rush art, you big crybaby.
Cut to Jon dressed as a "model" for Garfield's snowman, wearing a white cap and a fake carrot on his nose and with his arms spread out wide a la the twig arms on the snowman.
Jon: The things I do for my pets.
Garfield: Hold still.
(10 Jan 1992) [89]
  • Jon: Garfield, why aren't women attracted to me?
Garfield snatches Jon's coffee cup
Jon: Hey! That's my Binky the Clown cup! (Throws temper tantrum) MINE! MINE! MINE! MINE!
Garfield: I think I've isolated your problem.
(18 Nov 1991) [90]
  • Jon: So, doc, how's Garfield?
Liz: Fine.
Jon: And how's Odie?
Liz: Fine.
Jon: And how are you?
Liz: Fine.
Jon: Okay if I pay by check?
Liz: Fine.
Jon: How about a date?
Liz: Fine.
Jon: (Cheering) YEEESS!! YEEESS!!
Liz: THAT'S CHEATING!
Garfield: If you can't attract 'em, trick 'em.
Odie: ?
(13 Oct 1991) [91]
  • Jon is whistling offscreen, there is a plate of 4 cookies on the table and Garfield walks in with a cup of coffee
Jon: (Offscreen) Okay, here we go....Aaannnd... (Garfield picks up a cookie)
A loud crash is heard. Garfield takes a bite out of the cookie.
Jon: (Offscreen) Okay, okay, I know what I did wrong... Let's try that againnnnn... (Garfield takes a sip of coffee)
Something falls over, creating a second crash, glass breaks and there is a small tinkling noise is heard. Garfield finishes the cookie.
Jon: (Offscreen) ALL RIGHT, WISE GUY... YOU'RE GONNA STAND UP OR ELSE!! (Garfield takes another sip of coffee)
Something falls over again, creating a third crash.
Jon: (Offscreen) AAARRRGGHH!
Garfield: Christmas Tree: 3. Jon: 0.
(6 Dec 1998) [92]
  • Jon: (Watching Garfield eat) You know, Garfield... I wouldn't say you're fat, but...
Jon is shown with Garfield's food bowl lodged in his mouth.
Garfield: Then don't.
(2 Jun 1987) [93]
  • Garfield: (Showing a single cat hair to Jon) This is all I'll be shedding today.
He leaves the hair on the table and walks away.
Jon: I dread tomorrow.
(10 Oct 2002) [94]
  • Jon: (Showing a plate of food to Garfield) Garfield, see what this tastes like.
Garfield: (Sampling the food) Tastes like an old hyena!
Jon: It's old hyena.
Garfield: Then why don't I feel like laughing?
(24 May 1995) [95]
  • Jon: (On the phone) Hello, Evelyn? This is Jon Arbuckle. Would you care to join me in a little fine dining this evening? I know this cozy little out-of-the-way seafood bistro... Wonderful food... Great atmosphere... Pardon? Stinky Bob's Sushi Bar and Bait Shack.
Garfield: Cue the crushing rejection.
(1 Sep 2002) [96]
  • Jon and Garfield are racing for the last hot dog. Jon reaches it first.
Jon: HA! BEAT YOU TO IT!...Uh, Garfield, would you mind taking your claws out of my hand?
Garfield: Give me a good reason.
(25 Jan 1990) [97]
  • Jon: Why don't you ever listen to me?
Garfield: Huh?
Jon: Why don't you ever agree with me?
Garfield: That's not true.
Jon: Why don't you show me any respect?
Garfield: I do... bonehead.
Jon: Why don't you ever show affection?
Garfield: Catch me around a mirror sometime.
Jon: Why don't you cause me so much grief?!
Garfield: Because I'm a cat.
Jon: And why do I still love you anyway?
Garfield: See previous answer.
(06 Oct 2002) [98]
  • Jon: Two steak dinners, and make mine medium.
Irma: And your buddy's?
Garfield: Moo.
Jon: Rare.
Irma: Check.
(04 Mar 2002) [99]
  • Jon's mom: (reading a photo album) Here's you, Jonny, in the first grade.
Doc Boy: Awwww...
Jon's mom: And here's Doc Boy, running naked through the soybeans.
Jon: When was that taken?
Jon's mom: This summer.
Jon: (mockingly) Awwww!
(16 Dec 1993) [100]
  • (A spider hits Garfield with one of his legs, so Garfield squishes him with a newspaper, leaving it on top of him.)
Spider: Hey! What happened to "The Far Side"?
(17 May 1995) [101]
  • (Jon is talking to Garfield.)
Jon: I'm trying to decide which would be more exercise: Running around the block... Or running around you.
(Garfield now has an angry look on his face, and is showing his claws to Jon.)
Garfield: How about running from me, smart guy?
(18 Mar 2003) [102]
  • Jon: Cats are mysterious creatures.
Garfield wheels past him on a unicycle, while wearing a pair of underwear on his head, flapping his right arm like a chicken, and holding a pennant that says "I Like Ike" in his left hand.
Jon: And scary.
(30 Nov 1998) [103]
  • Jon: Just one bite of chicken and that's it, Garfield.
Garfield opens his mouth wide and puts the entire bird inside.
Jon: If you swallow, I'll tie a knot in your neck.
(24 Dec 1979) [104]
  • Jon and Garfield are just about to leave the farm.
Jon: Thanks, Mom. We really ha-
Mom: (interrupting) How about taking some food with you?
Jon: Well... maybe just a...
Mom: (interrupting again) Dad!
Cut to Mom tying something big to the roof of the car, while Garfield looks on, clearly pleased.
Dad: Hey, Doc Boy! I think that side of beef will fit in the trunk!
(11 Nov 1989) [105]
  • Jon: (brandishing a letter) This came in the mail for you.
He takes the letter out of the envelope and reads it.
Jon: Maybe now you'll consider dieting. You've been classified as a small planet!
Garfield: Cool!
(15 Apr 2004) [106]
  • Jon: Do you think glasses would make me look smarter?
Garfield: Let's find out. (leaves, then returns, wearing glasses)
Garfield: No, you still look stupid.
(5 Sep 1997) [107]
  • Jon: I'm starting your diet, Garfield. How would you like this head of cabbage prepared?
Garfield: Deep-fry that sucker.
Jon: Boiled it is.
Garfield: What we have here is a failure to communicate.
(4 July 1979) [108]
  • (Garfield chases Odie up a tree.)
Jon: Odie! Dogs can't climb trees!
Garfield: It's amazing what one can do when one doesn't know what one can't do.
  • Jon: Hey, Garfield, how are you going to get out of that tree?
Garfield: (bounces off of Jon and Odie's heads) Why, by using my head... and Jon's, and Odie's.
  • Mouse: (running) Help! I am frightened of that big, strong cat!
Jon looks confused by what the mouse said, then he turns and glares at Garfield, who's holding up a cue card that reads "Help! I am frightened of that big, strong cat!"
Garfield: What?
(15 Jan 2004) [109]
  • Jon: (while walking out the front door, carrying a surfboard and a beach ball, and wearing flippers) Got my beach ball, got my fins, got my surfboard...
Woman: (offscreen) EEK!! (Jon looks down in shock)
Garfield: I'll get your trunks...
(10 July 1997) [110]
  • Jon: (groggy, and holding a tube of toothpaste) Where's my toothbrush? (Garfield hands him a toilet brush) Thank you. (proceeds to brush his teeth with the toilet brush)
Garfield: (smiling with delight) These are the memories that last a lifetime.
(6 Oct 1989) [111]
  • Jon: Garfield's in for a big surprise. I put an alarm on the refrigerator. (In the background, Garfield is seen running into the kitchen.) That's the first rule for successfully living with a cat. (Garfield looks at Jon from around the corner.) You must be smarter than the cat. (Garfield is seen in the background, carrying the refrigerator, which is now unplugged, on his back.)
(31 Aug 1983) [112]
  • (Garfield is asleep in bed.)
Odie: BARK! (wakes Garfield up)
Garfield: Oh, yeah, it's Christmas morning. This morning, I have to get up early, be nice to people, skip breakfast...
Odie: Urf!
Jon: (holding Garfield) I love you, Garfield!
Garfield: I wish it would never end.
(25 Dec 1988) [113]
  • Jon: Meow. Meow. Okay, what did I just say to you, Garfield?
Garfield: You said "Meow," you idiot.
(14 Jan 1998) [114]
  • (Jon is on the phone. He looks behind him, then resumes talking.)
Jon: Hi, I'd like to order a pizza...
(He looks behind him again.)
Jon: ...with everything on it...
(...and again.)
Jon: ...and do you have anything bigger than a large, you dork?
Garfield: (holding a cue card that reads "Bigger than a large, you dork") Oops...
(18 Sep 2005) [115]
  • Garfield: (running to Jon) I had nothing to do with it!
(beat, then something falls offscreen, creating a thud.)
Garfield: (facepalm) Timing, Garfield, timing!
(17 Oct 1997) [116]
  • Jon: (showing Dad his bathroom) Here it is, Dad; a modern bathroom with all the conveniences.
Dad: I know that! What kind of rube do you think I am?
(Jon walks out of the bathroom... and immediately hears a loud crack.)
Dad: (offscreen) MODERN CONVENIENCES, HA! CHEAP, YOU MEAN!
(Jon looks back into the bathroom... and sees a huge fountain of water coming out of the sink.)
Dad: (holding the faucet in his hand) Pumped the handle twice and it snapped like a twig!
(28 Jan 1988) [117]
  • (Jon is sitting on the couch, reading a newspaper. He hears the doorbell ring, then walks to the front door and opens it. To his surprise, it's Garfield.)
Jon: Garfield, cats don't ring doorbells when they want in.
Garfield: Fine... (re-exits the house)
(Heavy scratching is heard at the door, then Garfield walks back inside. Much to Jon's chagrin, the front door is covered in claw marks.)
Garfield: Happy now?
(27 Mar 1994) [118]
  • Garfield: (standing in a field on a sunny day) Ah, nature!
(A thunderstorm suddenly begins. Later, Garfield is seen inside, soaking wet, and glaring at Jon.)
Garfield: Did you forget to pay the nature bill?
(7 Nov 2002) [119]
  • (It is the middle of the night. Garfield walks to the refrigerator and opens it, but no light is seen.)
Garfield: Hmmm... the little light in the refrigerator has burned out. (walks to the drawer, carrying the tiny bulb.) This dinky thing was never bright enough anyway... (holding a regular-sized lightbulb) Better.
(Later that night, Jon is seen walking to the fridge.)
Jon: A snack should help me sleep...
(Cut to an exterior view of the house, shown from across the street. Jon opens the refrigerator door, and the house is immediately illuminated with a very, very bright light.)
Jon: GARFIELD!!
(10 July 1994) [120]
  • (Garfield is walking with Odie, who has a bone in his mouth. They eventually arrive at the edge of a cliff.)
Garfield: Here's a good spot to bury your bone, Odie!
(Odie is seen digging into the cliff, as a content Garfield walks away.)
Garfield: I love my job.
(24 June 2009) [121]

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Garfield

  1. An English surname, thought to be habitational
  2. (Can we verify(+) this sense?) James Garfield the 20th President of the United States (1831-1881)
  3. a comic strip character

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There is also U.S. President James A. Garfield.

Garfield is a famous comic strip created by Jim Davis. It has the cat Garfield, the dog Odie, and their owner Jon Arbuckle. The cat is named after Davis's grandfather, James Garfield Davis (who was probably named after former U.S. President James Garfield). It first debuted in 1978 in 41 US newspapers. "Garfield at Large" was Garfield's first book that debuted in 1980 and was listed in New York Times bestseller lists at #1. By 1983 Garfield featured in 1400 newspapers, and was translated into seven different languages.

Garfield finally got his own website in 1996. In 2002, Garfield was declared "Most widely syndicated comic strip in the world" by Guinness Book of World Records. Garfield's 1st cookbook featured in 2003. In 2004 "Garfield the Movie" was his first full-length feature film to hit the cinemas. Garfield is a fun loving cat who loves lasagna and is enjoyed by many people around the world.









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