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Garfield’s life is great. He eats and sleeps, and that’s all. Now, his owner, Jon Arbuckle, just got a lovable pooch named Odie. Garfield is disgusted. His life spirals out of control now that Odie is in the same household as he is. The cat has to compete with the dog for the affection and attention of their human master. One night, Odie is kidnapped by a mean dog trainer, and Garfield feels responsible for what happened. He decides to gets into action to rescue his fellow pet. To help Garfield in his search a city mouse.

Original Title GARFIELD
Category Out of competition
Section Premiere
Tipology Feature Film
Duration 80'
Production Year 2004
Nationality USA
Directed by Pete Hewitt
Screenplay Joel Cohen, Alec Sokolow
Script Jim Davis (strips)
Director of photography Dean Cundey
Editor Peter Berger, Michael A. Stevenson
Production Design Alexander Hammond
Costume Design Marie France
Sound Ted Caplan
Music Christophe Beck
Main cast Breckin Meyer (Jon)
Jennifer Love Hewitt (Liz)
Stephen Tobolowsky (Happy Chapman)
Bill Murray (Garfield: voce originale/original voice)
Evan Arnold (Wendell)
Mark Christopher Lawrence (Christopher Mello)
Produced by John Davis

garfield regPete Hewitt

Born 1962, Brighton (England). He graduated from the prestigious National Film School in 1990. That same year he wrote and directed THE CANDY SHOW, which won the BAFTA Award for Best Short Film. He has directed 6 films and is specialized in children and family films. Among his films: BILL AND TED’S BOGUS JOURNEY, TOM AND HUCK, THE BORROWERS (in competition at the GFF in 1998) and THUNDERPAINTS (in competition at the GFF 2002), which he wrote with Phil Hughes. Hewitt and Hughes have written over a dozen screenplays together. Hewitt’s TV credits include the miniseries WILD PALMS, produced by Oliver Stone, and PRINCESS OF THIEVES for THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF DISNEY.


Director’s statement

“At the heart of the film is this sardonic, sarcastic cat. And he takes the saccharine away by throwing out these great one-liners.
“Jim Davis (Garfield’s creator) has been a good godfather to us. Although he didn’t ask for it, we made sure we got his blessing on everything we were doing. He’s very much been a part of the team.
“Garfield has to walk on all fours for the first time, interact with his human and animal co-stars, and exhibit all the humour and mannerisms we associate with the comic strips, and still make us believe he’s a real cat”.

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