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Well...Not as bad as I feared it was going to be.
I was a bit scared to see my favorite feline in this new movie. Mostly because I didn't see ONE trailer for the movie - that's usually a bad sign in the movie business. I didn't even know that Garfield was the only CGI character in the movie until just a few weeks ago when my son bought a Garfield book based on the movie. That really shocked me. I grew up with Odie, Nermal and Arlenne looking the way they did in the comic strips and in the cartoons. At least Pooky looked the same!
There was a recycled animated short from 'Ice Age' called 'Gone Nutty' before the movie - the same one that is on disc two of 'Ice Age'. Using an older short from a two year old DVD release that, if you have kids younger than ten, has been seen countless times already was, to me, another bad sign.
However, as far as the storyline went, it had the flavor of the Garfield I know and love, but needed some extra seasoning. I heard a lot of laughs throughout the movie, but I just felt that it could have been better. Bill Murray was really good as Garfield. A great choice for the role the late Lorenzo Music had perfected throughout the course of the animated Garfield specials and TV series.
If the movie studio would have made the decision to spend more money so that all of Garfield's buddies were CGI too, that would have helped out a lot. Definitely a lesson here for a movie company that wants to make a movie about an cultural icon, but doesn't want to spend the cash to make it look good. Details are important to the loyal fans. 6/10