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Garfield’s A Tale of Two Kitties
Thank heavens for Bill Murray
Garfield’s A Tale of Two Kitties
A Scene from "Garfield 2".
OPENING WEEKEND: $26,000,000
DOMESTIC TOTAL: $81,000,000
OTHER PREVIEWS: Man About Town (5/10)
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February 24th, 2006: The charming, but mischievous Garfield (voice by Bill Murray) is in trouble as usual after he follows his owner, Jon (Breckin Meyer), to London. He is instantly mistaken for a royal look-alike feline, who has just inherited a castle. Surrounded by servants ready to fulfill his every desire, the lazy, lasagna-loving cat is in ecstasy, but the good fortune carries some terrible consequences. The despicable Lord Dargis (Billy Connolly) has plans to transform the property into a resort and must eliminate Garfield in order to get that chance.

What to Expect: The original Garfield: The Movie was a somewhat dull big-screen, live action adaptation of the witty and humorous cartoon and comic strip. The mediocre writing and relatively bland characters, however, were an excellent set up for the focal point of the movie, Garfield. It’s the one element the filmmakers got right. By keeping Garfield animated, it took away any possible limitations and injected some necessary life into the film. It would have also been impossible to imagine as successful a character without the stellar voice work from Bill Murray. The Oscar nominated actor took center stage and inhibited Garfield better than any other actor could have. He single-handedly rescued the comedy from complete failure.

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Tim Hill, the director of the relatively poorly received Max Keeble’s Big Movie and Muppets from Space, is in charge for Garfield’s A Tale of Two Kitties. History shows that he has little positive influence as a director so it’s highly unlikely that he has anything original in store for the sequel. Joel Cohen and Alec Sokolow, who have written screenplays for generic genre pieces like Money Talks, Goodbye Lover, Cheaper by the Dozen, and Garfield, probably have more control over how this sequel will turn out. Since the two helped on the Toy Story screenplay, it is possible that they may actually contribute some decent dialogue. After all, Garfield did have its moments, courtesy of the main character (and thanks to Bill Murray). As long as the screenplay concentrates on giving Garfield and Bill Murray all the clever lines, this film may not be doomed just yet.

All of the major cast members return for Garfield’s A Tale of Two Kitties. Breckin Meyer (Clueless, Road Trip, Kate & Leopold) and Jennifer Love Hewitt (I Know What You Did Last Summer films, Heartbreakers, The Tuxedo) will reprise their roles as Garfield’s owner Jon and his girlfriend Liz, respectively. The two made a totally uninteresting couple in the original and I’m sure they will be even more boring the second time around. It’s probably for the best anyway since most of the attention should go to Garfield, who is, after all, the star of the film. It was recently announced that Bill Murray would return as the voice of the famous cat and that’s going to be the film’s saving grace. I’m not sure why Murray, who has lately been making such remarkable films as Lost in Translation and Broken Flowers, would return for the sequel, but a hefty paycheck must have had something to do with it. I can’t imagine any other living actor who could capture this Garfield any better. Lorenzo Music, who voiced him for years on television, gave Garfield a unique blend of mellow attitude and hip sarcasm. Even his first class portrayal would not fit in with the updated, more animated, version of Garfield. Two more cast members, Tim Curry (Congo, Charlie’s Angels, Scary Movie 2) and Billy Connolly (Beverly Hills Ninja, Timeline, The Last Samurai), could potentially add some spice to the movie. Curry has a knack for creating stylishly creepy personalities and should deliver another trademark performance, complete with that almost too perfect British accent. Connolly, who has an uncanny resemblance to the legendary John Cleese, both physically and vocally, should be terrific as the evil Lord Dargis. I think there’s some decent potential there for clever verbal sparring between him and Garfield.

In Conclusion: Family films tend to distinguish themselves from kids’ movies with their thoroughly sophisticated screenplays that offer insight and clever dialogue for all members to enjoy, regardless of age. In all likelihood, Garfield’s A Tale of Two Kitties will resemble a kids’ movie rather than a poignant family film. Compared to features like Shrek or Finding Nemo, it may feel relatively simplistic. However, that does not necessarily mean that it will be bad, just not as appropriate for adults. I think this will be a fairly bland sequel, but should still benefit from Bill Murray’s inclusion in the cast. Garfield, as voiced by Murray, will probably carry the picture and should provide a steady source of decent laughs. Tim Curry and Billy Connolly will drive the humor from the antagonist side. There are many superior family films out there, but if you’re looking for something quick and uncomplicated, Garfield’s A Tale of Two Kitties might do. I don’t think it will be better than the original, but it certainly should not be much worse either.

Similar Titles: Garfield, Scooby-Doo, Space Jam
June 16th, 2006 (wide)
October 10th, 2006 (DVD)

20th Century Fox

Tim Hill

Bill Murray, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Breckin Meyer, Billy Connolly, Lucy Davis, Ian Abercrombie, Tim Curry, Bob Hoskins

Total: 25 vote(s).

Animation, Comedy, Kids & Family


Rated PG for some off-color elements.

80 min






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