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|Garfield Fantasies |
Garfield's Babes and Bullets / Garfield's Feline Fantasies / Garfield : His Nine Lives
Actors: Lorenzo Music, Thom Huge, Gregg Berger, Desirée Goyette, Nino Tempo
Directors: Bill Littlejohn, Bob Nesler, Bob Scott, Doug Frankel, George Singer
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Kids & Family, Music Video & Concerts, Television, Mystery & Suspense, Animation
The Garfield Fantasies DVD is a group of thematically consistent television specials that were developed and aired on CBS. They are all focused around Garfield?s vivid imagination and ability to day dream. Babes and Bull... more »
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GOOD TOONS BUT NOT GOOD VALUE
Tim Janson | Michigan | 05/27/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Ok...I am a big Garfield fan and I loved the Garfield Holiday celebrations DVD that came out last year because those were some of my all-time faves..but...while the toons on this DVD are very good I'd like to see it more in the $10 price range, especially considering you get some 9 hours of material on the Garfield and Friends boxed sets for just over $30 while this DVD is just two hours. Oh well...you get two 30 minute Garfield toons and one hour long toon along with a Strawberry Shortcake trailer.
"Garfield's Nine Lives" is an hour-long Garfield special originally show in 1988. Garfield looks back on his various nine lives such as his prehistoric life, Garfield's life as a member of Royalty, Garfield in Silent movies, Garfield in the future and more.
"Garfield's Babes & Bullets" is a spoof of crime noir films as Garfield plays detective Sam "Spayed" working a case involving a mysterious dame. This one won an Emmy award.
"Garfield's Feline Fantasies" has Garfield fantasizing about commanding a sub and being an Indiana Jones-style adventurer.
To be sure, these are all great, especially Garfield's nine lives. I suppose $15 isn't so bad, especially for great material."
Garfield, his 9 lives
S. Tillotson | Long Island, NY | 05/21/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I don't really remember much about the other two specials on this disk, I personally have been waiting a long time for Garfield, his nine live to come out.
His lives rang from being a prehistoric cave-cat, the beloved pet of an Egyptian pharaoh, the third he belongs to a girl named Chloe and they live in a "wonderland" like garden, the forth he belongs to a court musician, the next he's a stunt cat, then is my favorite life (he also says 6 must be his lucky number leading me to believe this is his favorite life too.) In which he is given to a little girl named Sara for her eight birthday along with piano lessons, he grows up with her as she grows into adulthood and become a piano player. The end of this story has always made me cry from the first time I saw it to this day. (and I'm 21 now) In life seven Garfield is a lab test subject that escapes and actually gets away in a most interesting manner. Number 8 is the life we all know and love in witch Garfield lives with John and Oddie. In this one we get to see Garfield in his first moments in the Italian restaurant he was born it before he is adopted by John. The ninth life Garfield give us a "sneak preview" of, Garfield and Oddie are astronauts going into space and has a great ending."
This DVD is not weird, just misunderstood
Anthony D. Fort | Conroe, TX | 12/25/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I recently recieved this DVD as a gift and was pleased with it in general. I rated it only as 4 stars simply due to the quality of animation- which was of the norm in the late eighties on up to today.
For those who feel this DVD is too "weird" or "dark" for children please take into account two things, first being that the "9 Lives" was actually revised for television and differs from the book which had much harsher language and some content that is actually bloody, where as "Babes and Bullets" first appeared in "9 Lives" the book as one of the lives and then as it's own more light-hearted and comedic book of the same title-the latter of which is the backbone for this animated special.
As for taking these away from younger viewers who may not "get" all the jokes, you're missing the point. You shouldn't be keeping the young one from watching but rather watching it with them. This is why some of the gags are more adult in nature and why these cartoons originally aired in prime-time, to appeal to a broader audience. These are classics which should be enjoyed by both children and the Child in those of us seeing them again!"
Sandor Swartz | Chatham, IL US | 12/01/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Never mind the other stuff. Garfield's 9 Lives is a must-watch, regardless of whether you are a Garfield fan or not. I don't, for the most part, even like Garfield (certainly doesn't hold a candle to Calvin and Hobbes), yet I can say without hesitation that this is the second best thing I've ever watched (and I have a good memory for what I've watched). Not seeing Garfield's 9 Lives should be a crime. It's the sort of stuff that could make you into a better human being. It is nothing like the rest of Garfield, be it the comic strip or the animated cartoon, but rather a series of 9 animated short stories, most of which weren't even written by Davis. Most of the rest of Garfield is a repetition of 'oh, he's so fat', 'oh, he hates Mondays', 'oh, he hates Spiders', 'oh, he hates Nermal because he's too cute', or one of a few other formulas that stopped being funny long ago. But the 9 Lives are unique and undeniably genius. Especially the third life, a heavily symbolic retelling of the story of the Garden of Eden which I'd rank as the single most brilliant 5 minutes of television ever produced by the human race (and it ends with them being innocent of the so-called original sin!), and the sixth life which through its horrendous sadness captures the essence of what it means for a human to love a cat (platonically of course). All in all, Garfield goes through the full spectrum of what a cat is, was, and could be. And the very end to it all meets the standards set by the rest and will not disappoint.
Interestingly enough, this also contains 'Babes and Bullets', which was originally one of Garfield's 9 Lives - in the book, that is. So all in all, you kind of get 10 lives with this DVD."