Garfield was born on the comics pages on June 19, 1978.
The mastermind of cartoonist Jim Davis, Garfield is a
humorous strip centered around the lives of a fat, lazy, cynical orange
cat who loves lasagna, coffee, and his remote control; his owner, the
long-suffering Jon Arbuckle; and Odie, a sweet but dumb dog. Garfield
was introduced to the world in just 41 newspapers but quickly became the
fastest growing and most widely syndicated comic strip ever. Today, the
strip appears in over 2570 newspapers and is read daily by 263,000,000
people around the globe.
The success of the comic strip spawned a popular animated
TV show, "Garfield & Friends," which appeared
on CBS-TV from 1988 to 1995, and is currently in worldwide syndication and available
on DVD through Fox Home Entertainment, http://www.foxhome.com/garfield/. Additionally,
Garfield enjoys a healthy product licensing program whereby nearly 400 manufacturers
crank out thousands of products depicting Garfield and the rest of the gang.
Garfield's vast empire stretches into 111 countries and includes a popular web
site, www.garfield.com and an online catalog,
Garfield Stuff, www.garfieldstuff.com. Over
Garfield books have been sold worldwide, and Garfield
shows no signs of slowing down.
In 2004, Twentieth Century Fox immortalized the fat cat with
a feature film, Garfield: The Movie. A sequel, Garfield: A Tail
of Two Kitties,is slated for a June 2006 release.
People relate to Garfield because Garfield IS them. "He's
a human in a cat suit," as creator Jim Davis likes to say. Garfield
loves TV and hates Mondays. He'd rather pig out than work out; in fact,
his passion for food and sleep is matched only by his aversion to diet
and exercise (he prefers lay-downs to sit-ups). He'd like mornings better
if they started later. Coffee "strong enough to sit up and bark"
is the only way to start the day. What could be more human?
Fat, Lazy, and Lovable...Garfield says and does the
things that people would like to say and do -- if only they could. "We're
made to feel guilty for overeating and sleeping, but Garfield defends
our right to grab a jelly donut and take a long afternoon nap," says
Davis. "Somehow, Garfield relieves our guilt and we love him
Garfield is never at a loss for words. In fact, part of his appeal is
his unique way of looking at the world. Among Garfield's more sage comments.
"Diet is 'die' with a 't'."
"I'll rise, but I won't shine."
"Never trust a smiling cat."
"The meek shall inherit squat."
"I'm not overweight, I'm undertall."
"Show me a good mouser, and I'll show you a cat with bad breath."