Chris Pratt has traded Mario and his plumber uniform for something completely different. This time, we will have the pleasure of hearing his interpretation for arguably the most famous cat in the world and Samuel L. Jackson as the street cat Vic.
You can watch The Garfield Movie below:
An American animated comedy, “The Garfield Movie,” inspired by Jim Davis’s comic strip, is set to premiere as a collaborative production between Columbia Pictures and Alcon Entertainment—the latter’s debut in animation. Sony Pictures Releasing will distribute the film, which features animation by DNEG Animation. With direction by Mark Dindal and a script by Paul A. Kaplan, Mark Torgove, and David Reynolds, the voice cast is headlined by Chris Pratt as Garfield, with support from Samuel L. Jackson, Hannah Waddingham, Ving Rhames, Nicholas Hoult, Cecily Strong, Harvey Guillén, Brett Goldstein, and Bowen Yang.
Initiated in May 2016, the animated rendition of Garfield started taking shape with a creative team in place. Dindal joined as director in late 2018, and production kicked off thereafter. Even after Viacom’s acquisition of Garfield in 2019, the film continued its production phase as of December 2020 under Dindal’s guidance. Sony secured the film’s distribution rights in November 2021 (excluding China), casting Pratt in the lead role and finalizing the animation with DNEG. The remaining cast was confirmed in 2022, and the film was officially titled in September 2023, setting up for a U.S. theatrical release on May 24, 2024.
The Garfield Movie Trailer
The preview hints at a story of a forsaken kitten struggling on the urban streets before spotting Jon Arbuckle, a solitary man, dining on pizza inside a restaurant. The wide-eyed young cat ultimately gets a warm invite from Jon to join him for a slice, which leads to the kitten consuming everything in the restaurant. Then the scene cuts and we see Garfield saying to the audience this:“And that’s how I adopted Jon.”
The trailer continues to depict Garfield’s trials as Jon’s pet, enduring everything from baths to blowouts, all while dealing with his voracious hunger. Garfield warns, “I apologize in advance. The eating you are about to see will not be pretty,” suggesting that it might be time for younger viewers to look away.
The clip also reveals an unexpected encounter with Vic, whom Garfield skeptically calls “my father” with a gesture of quotation marks. The subsequent scenes show Garfield, alongside fellow cat Vic and dog Odie, navigating hair-raising adventures involving a fast-moving train car, an RV, a moose, and a tree, before Garfield introduces Vic to the comforts of Jon’s urban home.
The film, which stars Hannah Waddingham, Ving Rhames, Nicholas Hoult, Cecily Strong, Harvey Guillén, Brett Goldstein, and Bowen Yang, is brought to life under Mark Dindal’s direction with a script penned by Paul A. Kaplan, Mark Torgove, and David Reynolds.