Garfield Gets Real

This article is about the CGI film. For the video game, see Garfield Gets Real (video game).
Garfield Gets Real

DVD and packaging
Directed by Mark A.Z. Dippé
Produced by Jim Davis
John Davis
Written by Jim Davis
Starring Frank Welker
Gregg Berger
Audrey Wasilewski
Greg Eagles
Wally Wingert
Jason Marsden
Jennifer Darling
Pat Fraley
Neil Ross
Stephen Stanton
Fred Tatasciore
Music by Kenneth Burgomaster
Distributed by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Lionsgate Home Entertainment (UK)
Release dates
  • August 9, 2007 (2007-08-09)
Running time
80 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $10 million

Garfield Gets Real (also known as Garfield 3D in some regions) is a 2007 American CGI movie starring Garfield. It was produced by Paws, Inc. in cooperation with Davis Entertainment, and The Animation Picture Company and distributed by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. It was written by Garfield's creator Jim Davis, who started working on the script in the fall of 1996. This was the first fully animated Garfield film since the last Garfield and Friends TV episode aired in 1995, and the first to be written by Davis since the 1991 television special Garfield Gets a Life. The movie was released in theaters August 9, 2007, and the DVD was shipped to stores on November 20, 2007. Gregg Berger, an actor from the original series, reprises his role of Odie, but Garfield is now voiced by veteran voice actor Frank Welker, since the original actor Lorenzo Music died in 2001 and Jon is voiced by Wally Wingert, Thom Huge retired that same year. The film's success led to two sequels: Garfield's Fun Fest (2008) and Garfield's Pet Force (2009).


Garfield (Frank Welker) lives with canine Odie (Gregg Berger) and Jon (Wally Wingert) in a what appears to be a suburban town inhabited by cartoon characters (known as Comic Strip World). Garfield and the gang work at Comic studios with other comic characters. The comic strip is made in Comic Strip world, and sent to "The Real World" where it is made in the newspaper.

Garfield is tired of the same old jokes his friends crack and is bored with life in Comic Strip World and longs to go to The Real World. The Comic Strip requires a bone for Odie, but Odie does not want to give back the bone, and looks for a place to hide it. But he accidentally makes the bone go through the screen in the studio and it is sucked into the Real World.

Eli explains to the comic characters that the screen separates Comic Strip World and The Real World, with no way back. Garfield sees his chance and goes through the screen without anyone noticing. Later on, the comic characters realize Garfield is in the real world, and Eli blocks the patch in the screen that separates the real world by taping special tape on it, so no one can gain access to the real world (Odie jumps onto the screen trying to get his bone which is on the screen but actually is in the real world, and gets sucked into the real world.).

Garfield tries to throw Odie back to Comic Strip World, but fails. Odie gets his bone back and he and Garfield go find some dinner. Garfield meets a dog named Shecky, and as they chat, Odie is chased by a gang of Chihuahuas who want his bone. To save Odie, Garfield grabs the bone and runs through a hole in a tree which is too small for the Chihuahua's fat owner (who was walking the gang of Chihuahuas) to get through.

Shecky gets dinner by annoying the people who live in a building and the people start throwing food at Shecky. After dinner, Shecky brings Garfield and Odie to their new home, an abandoned hotel called Hotel Muncie. The next day, Garfield realizes that his comic will be cancelled unless Garfield returns to the comic. Garfield finds an article in the newspaper asking people to try out and replace Garfield. Garfield and Odie head for the place where they are doing try-outs and try to impress the judges, but fail, and the judges are more impressed in Hale and Hardy, two other dogs. The judges give Garfield one more chance: If Garfield does not make it back to the paper in 24 hours, Hale and Hardy will replace them. Garfield has an idea of building a big tunnel that can go through the screen and shares the idea with his friends back in comic strip world. Later that night, Hale and Hardy tie Garfield, Odie and Shecky up and set the hotel on fire. Billy Bear, Wally and Jon go save the three friends, but the entire hotel is on fire and all the exits are blocked. Luckily, Shecky finds a fire proof trash cart, and Jon, Wally, Odie, Garfield and Shecky jump in and Billy Bear is about to push the cart when Odie realizes his bone is missing and finds the bone lying on a chandelier and Odie jumps onto the chandelier. Garfield grabs Odie's paw on the second floor, and tries to pull him onto the cart, but Odie pulls Garfield onto the chandelier instead. Just then, the chandelier is almost going to collapse. Garfield grabs Jon's hand and the entire cart is flung into the air, and the chandelier collapses, causing the cart to fall to the ground with chandelier on it. The cart crashes out of the hotel, and the six are flung into the big tunnel (Wally built it, he calls it the "Bonitanator" because the nose of the contraption reminds him of his wife, Bonita's unusually large and point nose) and the door of the tunnel closes and the tunnel disappears and is transported back to Comic Strip World. The comic characters celebrate the return of Garfield at the end of the film.


Cast Role
Frank Welker Garfield, Hardy, Keith, Prop Boy, Two Headed Guy, Goth Boy[1]
Wally Wingert Jon Arbuckle, Mike[1]
Gregg Berger Odie, Shecky, Hale
Jennifer Darling Bonita, Bobby, Rusty, Mother[1]
Pat Fraley[2]Sid, Deliverly Gnome[1]
Jason Marsden Nermal
Neil Ross Wally, Charles[1]
Audrey Wasilewski Arlene, Zelda, Betty, Ashley
Stephen Stanton Randy Rabbit, Father
Greg Eagles Eli
Fred Tatasciore Billy Bear, Waldo, Eric
Rajia Baroudi Sheila, Concertina Girl
Harold Perrineau Husband
David Mitchie Tape Holder


Similar to the 1988 film Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Garfield Gets Real has cameo appearances by other comic strip characters:

Snoopy of the Peanuts fame is mentioned.


It has been announced that there will be a series of fully-CG Garfield theatrical films following the success of Garfield Gets Real, and its sequels Garfield's Fun Fest and Garfield's Pet Force.[3]


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