21 January 2019 | TheLittleSongbird
Have always had a big soft spot for Garfield as both a child and as a young adult, who is in a way a child at heart but with a significantly broader knowledge of film and television. He is such a funny and endearing character and his specials and 'Garfield and Friends' are every bit as good, and perhaps even better, now. 'The Garfield Show' and especially the 2004 live action film, not so much.
When it comes to the Garfield specials, 'A Garfield Christmas Special' and 'Garfield in Disguise' are my personal favourites when the character was more settled. For the special that introduces everybody's favourite orange cat, 'Here Comes Garfield' is a great start. While not as hilarious or as imaginative as 'Garfield in Disguise' or as poignant or charming as 'A Garfield Christmas Special', 'Here Comes Garfield' is definitely a must watch and important for Garfield's development. It doesn't really have an awful lot wrong, just that the specials that followed had a little more to them.
The animation is still as colourful as remembered with the smooth drawing, far from sparse backgrounds and attention to detail holding up really well. The music is playful and never placed questionably. The songs are upbeat, have emotional impact and above all they're memorable. Not a dud in the lot and that has not been said a lot, there are other personal favourites featuring songs (either musicals or song heavy) that still have a song that doesn't quite do it for me.
Entertainment value is constant, with extremely funny wry and witty humour peppered throughout. Very few animation characters make or have made asides as hilarious and as endearing as Garfield does. Yet there is also an emotional impact that doesn't get schmaltzy, underneath all the fun there is also a big warm heart. Also constant is the charm and the cuteness doesn't get excessive. The story is slight but not simplistic and it doesn't try to do too much and it becomes cluttered and muddled, and the sprightly pace keeps things continually compelling.
Garfield never stops being funny and lovable and who can't help love adorable Odie? The voice acting is on point, Lorenzo Music owned Garfield and no voice actor since him voiced him better or as well, that is including the multi-talented Frank Welker.
Concluding, great. 9/10 Bethany Cox