The Garfield Movie trailer reveals Chris Pratt’s voice as the iconic orange cat
Dear readers, we’ve been waiting for this day for quite some time. After voicing a lead in The Super Mario Bros. Movie, Chris Pratt’s next CGI animation extravaganza has given us our first listen to what his dulcet tones can do. Thanks to the first trailer to The Garfield Movie, we finally know what Pratt will sound like in his role as Jim Davis’ creation, just in time to start anticipating the 2024 movie schedule.
Garfield’s Origin Story Unveiled
We actually get to see Garfield’s origin story, as he meets a lonely Jon Arbuckle at a local Italian restaurant. Things go from cute to chaotic in the blink of an eye, as Jon shares some of his pizza toppings with the adorable stray, which ramps up to a full on pizzapocalypse. Billy Joel couldn’t have imagined a cuter scene in such a location, especially since The Garfield Movie cast has Chris Pratt and Harvey Guillén respectively playing Garfield and Jon.
Potential Mario-esque Criticisms
Which leads to the potential for Super Mario Bros. Movie style critiques, as this cuteness gives way to Pratt and his zany antics as Garfield. From what we’ve heard here, it’s something that’ll probably distract people from things like Samuel L. Jackson as Garfield’s father, or the sneaky Olive Garden product placement in the last frame of what we’ve seen.
Distinctive Interpretation by Chris Pratt
At first, there seems to be a big distinction between The Garfield Movie’s version of the iconic character and his predecessors. You can definitely tell, without question, that this is Chris Pratt playing Garfield; which is where most of those comments about his interpretation are going to come from. However, upon closer listening, I’d invite you to consider the moment that occurs at roughly 01:52 in the video at the head of this rundown.
A Tribute to Lorenzo Music
Pratt’s delivery of the line “I’ve never jumped” gets pretty close to the sort of Garfield delivered by the late Lorenzo Music, as well as Bill Murray. I might even go as far as to say that Chris actually lands closer to Music’s OG tabby cat than Murray did in his time in the role. So maybe the light trolling over Pratt’s voice casting in both Super Mario Bros. Movie and as Garfield carries a little more weight.
Early Impressions and Future Scrutiny
You can see where The Garfield Movie critiques can get a big particular right about now, and this is just over a trailer where Chris Pratt only speaks through the back half. It’s a little early in the lasagna pan to really question the performance, but so far I have to say it looks like Pratt’s Garfield research seems to have paid off.
Hold the Parmesan, Wait for More
At the same time, I reserve the right to start scrutinizing things a bit more closely in the next trailer. Especially because we didn’t even get an “I Hate Mondays” reference, which is a missed opportunity as that’s the day of the week The Garfield Movie launched the reel. So while I’d say we should hold the parmesan until we get a little further down the line, I’ve got a watchful eye on where things are going.
The Garfield Movie trailer has given us our first taste of Chris Pratt’s voice as the iconic orange cat. While initial impressions are positive, with Pratt’s portrayal showing hints of the classic Garfield voice, it’s still early to make a final judgment. Future trailers may reveal more about the movie’s tone and execution. Fans of Garfield will certainly be eagerly awaiting the release of the movie in 2024 to see how Pratt brings this beloved character to life.
1. When is The Garfield Movie scheduled for release?
The Garfield Movie is scheduled for release in 2024.
2. Who is voicing Garfield in The Garfield Movie?
Chris Pratt is voicing Garfield in The Garfield Movie.
3. Who is playing Jon Arbuckle in The Garfield Movie?
Harvey Guillén is playing Jon Arbuckle in The Garfield Movie.
4. Will the movie feature references to Garfield’s iconic catchphrase, “I Hate Mondays”?
The catchphrase “I Hate Mondays” was not referenced in the trailer, but it’s possible that it will be included in the movie.
5. Is there a connection between The Garfield Movie and the Super Mario Bros. Movie?
The connection between The Garfield Movie and the Super Mario Bros. Movie is that Chris Pratt voices the lead characters in both films.