By David Ciccarelli
February 8, 2007
Garfield returns to the small screen!
Garfield, the lovable, lazy feline with a penchant for lasagna created by Jim Davis, is due to make a triumphant return to television sets everywhere in a 26 episode season.
You may recall that Garfield started in comic strips, made his way into the cartoon world on TV, and was featured in a couple of movies.
Let's take a look back at the voices that made the magic as reported by TVSeasonFinale.com.
Comedy writer and veteran voice artist Lorenzo Music voiced the role of Garfield. The rest of the cast included Gregg Berger, Desiree Goyette, Thom Huge, Victoria Jackson, Howard Morris, Julie Payne and Frank Welker.
The guest cast, which was equally impressive, included Hollywood talent like Pat Buttram, June Foray, Stan Freberg, Chick Hearn, James Earl Jones, Don Knotts, Robin Leach, John Moschitta, Rod Roddy and Paul Winchell.
Part of the reason for the series' incredible voice talent was due to series writer/co-producer Mark Evanier's appreciation for unique but too-often underutilized screen and voice actors.
Garfield & Friends debuted on CBS on Saturday, September 17, 1988 and ran for seven seasons, one of the longest runs of its kind. The 120+ half hours remain very popular today and are all available on DVD. Part of the reason for the series' endurance is because of the often tongue-in-cheek storylines and the excellent voice work.
At one point, it was reported that 40% of the series audience was made up of adults.
Evanier has revealed that a new Garfield series is currently being planned.
The new series, which he'll be writing and voice directing, will be produced and distributed by Davis' company Paws, Inc. in partnership with Dargaud Marina S.A. of Paris. Interestingly enough, the tubby tabby series will be produced in both French and English. The show will be CGI and computer-animated but Garfield will look like his classic animated self rather than the recent film version.
Unfortunately, Lorenzo Music passed away in 2001. The name of the new voice talent has not yet been released, although sources confirm that it is not Bill Murray.
The first season will consist of 26 episodes and it sounds like a very good possibility that more will follow. It's unknown right now how the series will be distributed or when it will actually debut but rest assured, when Garfield returns, no lasagna will be safe.
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