Garfield the Cat
- Created by cartoonist Jim Davis in 1977, (the strip first appeared
in print on June 18, 1978) the Garfield character is a selfish,
overweight orange and black feline with drooping eyelids who had a
mad obsession for lasagna. Davis' inspiration for Garfield probably
came from his childhood on a farm near Fairmont, Indiana where he
was surrounded by some 25 cats.
The Garfield character is named after Davis' grandfather, James
A. Garfield Davis. The highly pessimistic, Garfield (Lorenzo Music
provided the voice for his thoughts) is a tribute to the lazy
person in all of us.
Garfield is owned by a young cartoonist named
Jon Arbuckle who also
owns a happy, slobbering little dog named
Odie whom Garfield
perpetually taunts. Garfield's idea of a daily routine is sleeping,
eating and occasionally biting a mail man or two just for the fun
Garfield's animal friends include Arlene, a sarcastic pink cat,
Nermal, the "World's Cutest Kitten", and
Pooky, Garfield's loveable,
huggable teddy bear and confidant.
Syndicated in over 2000 newspapers,
Garfield the Cat has been the subject of such prime time animated TV specials as
Comes Garfield (the first special seen in 1982), Garfield in the
Rough, Garfield in Paradise, The Garfield Halloween Adventure,
Garfield Thanksgiving, as well as his own Saturday morning program
GARFIELD AND FRIENDS/CBS/1988-95 and the theatrical cartoon (with
"Cat-i-tude") Garfield: The Movie (2004) and the
sequel Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties (2006).
Jim Davis, Garfield's creator, lives and works somewhere off a
county road in Muncie, Indiana. Ironically, he no longer has any
cats because his wife is allergic to them.
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