Garfield and Friends
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Garfield and Friends is a 1988-1994 American television animated series based on the comic strip works by Jim Davis, which features short subjects such as Garfield and US Acres/Orson’s Farm. It aired on CBS.
Why It Rocks
- Faithful to both the Garfield and US Acres comic strips.
- The Quickies are entertaining, cute and funny, and some of them are adaptations of the comic strips.
- The characters are funny, likable and have such good spirits, the titular Garfield for example.
- The voice acting is decent.
- Entertaining humor and slapstick. The fourth wall breaking humor is also pretty enjoyable.
- There some moments that are heartwarming, emotional and funny, especially in some of the US Acres episodes.
- Splendid animation that captures the styles of both Garfield and US acres perfectly.
- The opening theme songs like "Friends are There" and "We're Ready to Party" are very enjoyable and fun to listen to.
- "Mistakes will Happen" makes a jab at animation errors in cartoons at the time.
- Many great episodes such as:
- "Peace & Quiet"
- "Wanted: Wade"
- "Garfield Goes Hawaiian"
- "Box O' Fun"
- "Don't Move"
- "Unidentified Flying Orson"
- "Ode to Odie"
- "Dessert in the Desert"
- The rap song used in Season 7, while enjoyable, is kind of bland.
- The early US Acres episodes can be a little too preachy.
- The backgrounds when zooming out can look unfinished at times.
- The recent Boomerang remasters of the episodes (Which is supposedly the remaster PAWS promised back in June) is a straight downgrade with a horribly reanimated intro, unnecessary cropping, and use of screen borders on each episode, with the episodes zoomed in, making this so-called remastered version worthless. The credits are also replaced with a cheap static background with the original audio intact.
- However, the only good thing about this so-called "remastered" version is the color correction used for all the episodes, and that is it. Everything else about this remaster is utter garbage. The worst part is, Speed Racer, an anime from 22 years earlier before this show, had a much better remaster, whilst this remaster is inexcusable and pathetic.
- Its follow up "The Garfield Show", is a major disappointment and fails to live up to the standards of this show, or even understand what Garfield is in general.
- Garfield and Friends was not only popular in the United States of America, it was also popular in Europe (especially in Italy), too.