A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Garfield Gets Real is a 2007 computer-animated feature. Despite brief instances of juvenile humor (a whoopee cushion is used, a dog is seen drinking out of a toilet bowl, a bear blows his nose and sends the tissue landing on a woman's face), this movie is best for younger children and fans of the Garfield comic strip. There also is some minor name-calling ("butt," "losers"), as well as some peril when Garfield, Odie, and their new friend Shecky hang upside down from a chandelier while the building they're in begins to burn down. Still, this is a mostly tame and fairly enjoyable movie starring the comic-strip world's most beloved cat.
What's the story?
Garfield (voiced by Frank Welker) has grown jaded with the work demands of being the most popular comic-strip character in the Comic Studio. He wants a break, or, better yet, he wants to escape the land of comics to experience what it's like to live out in the real world, where people enjoy his comic strip each and every day. He gets his wish when a tear in the fabric of a screen in the studio sucks Odie into the real world as he chases a bone. Unable to help himself, Garfield follows him, and together they find adventure, even as they don't find any food. But with Garfield gone from the comic world, his comic strip is canceled, and the newspaper is looking for a suitable replacement. It's up to Garfield (with the help of all his friends) to bring himself and Odie back to the comic world and prove to everyone that he still should be the star of the funny pages.
Is it any good?
GARFIELD GETS REAL is, although not great, enjoyable enough for younger kids and for fans of the popular comic-strip character. The story is interesting enough to keep the interest of kids, and there are plenty of Garfield bons mots regarding Mondays to keep fans of the comic-strip feline equally engaged.
For everyone else, there isn't anything that is above average or overly worthwhile about it. The plot is as formulaic as they come, and the acting, although not bad, doesn't really feature any standout performances. This is an average computer-animated feature in every sense of the word. You don't learn anything new about Garfield, Odie, or Jon. For die-hard fans only.
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