Garfield: His 9 Lives

Garfield: His 9 Lives (ISBN 978-0345320612) is a 1984 book of illustrated short stories showcasing the "nine lives" of comic strip character Garfield. It was adapted into an animated television special in 1988 as well as a screensaver for download on the Garfield website. From 2014 to 2015, BOOM Studios released a comic book version.

The book is divided into ten segments; the first one displays the creation of cats in general, where the latter nine reveal events in Garfield's nine lives. Each of the nine stories has a short preface of Garfield in his modern incarnation, explaining how these various lives shaped aspects of Garfield's personality, such as the origin of his fear of the veterinarian, his love of destructive behavior, his proclivity for a slothful lifestyle, and his extremely playful side.

The book

Garfield: His 9 Lives
Author Jim Davis et al
Country United States
Language English
Series Garfield
Genre Humor
Publisher Ballantine Books
Publication date
October 12, 1984
Pages 128
ISBN 978-0345320612
OCLC 11361460

The television special

Garfield: His 9 Lives

Title Card
Written by Jim Davis (writer, creator)
David Kuhn (segment "In the Garden")
Jim Clements (segment "Space Cat")
George Herriman (uncredited)
Directed by Phil Roman
Doug Frankel
Ruth Kissane
Bill Littlejohn
Bob Nesler
Bob Scott
George Singer
John Sparey
Starring Lorenzo Music
Thom Huge
Gregg Berger
Desirée Goyette
Narrated by Lorenzo Music
Music by Ed Bogas and Desirée Goyette (music and lyrics)
Lou Rawls (vocals)
Country of origin United States United States
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Phil Roman
Running time 60 min.
Production company(s) Film Roman
United Media
Paws, Inc.
Original network CBS
Original release 22 November 1988 (USA)
Preceded by Happy Birthday, Garfield
Followed by Garfield's Babes and Bullets

The one-hour-long television adaptation produced in 1988 featured ten separate segments, just like the book. Six of these were adapted from the book, and an additional four were newly written for the show. "Babes and Bullets" was adapted into a television special of its own, Garfield's Babes and Bullets, the following year, and won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program of 1989. "The Vikings", "The Exterminators," and "Primal Self" have never been adapted for television. The special is included on the DVD Garfield's Fantasies.

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Additional Voices

The comic

From 2014 to 2015, BOOM Studios adapted His 9 Lives across four comics, with each story drawn by a different artist. It can be seen as a hybrid of the book and the special. Like the special, it features several lives created exclusively for it. Garfield's eighth life, the current one, is also left out altogether.[1]


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