The comic strip spawned a TV show plus a number of video games, feature films, books, and, of course, holiday specials—not to mention one very memorable car window craze. We sat down with Garfield creator Jim Davis to nail down a solid list of 20 things you might not know about the wisecracking feline. It was about him, but he had this wise cat who, every time, came back zinging him. He always had the great payoff. At the time, I worked for T. Ryan—the cartoonist for Tumbleweeds—and I showed it to him and told him how every time I got to the punch line the cat zings him.
Also, I purposely gave him a job right off the top for the reason that The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet never explained what Ozzie did for a living.
Nobody ever knew because he was always in the house with Harriet and Ricky and David. So I thought I would give Jon a job right off the top to avoid being asked what he does for a living in interviews.
Now just imagine a fat, wisecracking, lasagna-eating cat as the President of the United States of America. Sounds like a dead-ringer for William Howard Taft! It gives me a lot more latitude for the humor for the situations. We do roughs and it all filters through me so that it has one voice. It was really interesting. But those T-shirts go away," he laughs. Garfield is syndicated in more than newspapers and journals. The cat also has more than 16 million fans on Facebook.
The fat cat has always been—and will always be—fat. If everybody were, there would probably be fewer disorders of all natures. I think that makes him probably easier to identify with than a slim, athletic character in the comics. Lindsay Workman [who voices the old man that tells Garfield and Odie about the vengeful ghost pirates] was just a great character actor. I think we took our time to build to a scary scene where the ghost pirates invaded the house to look for the buried treasure.
We tried to throw as many elements together as possible to create a situation where, at least for a few minutes, it could create a scary situation for the young viewers. We exposed the film twice to overexpose the ghosts, and that gave it that eerie glow.
We were totally in control of the process and the results turned out very well. The musical was supposed to start touring the United States in September , but was delayed until January , when it premiered in Muncie. It was the fact that he embodies the attitude that Garfield has always displayed in the strip. There will be that emotional tag going with his voice. Murray, of course, played Venkman in the Ghostbusters films and would, in , provide the voice of Garfield in Garfield: So we just confirmed that the Garfield balloon, in fact, was the largest one by volume of gas.
Amazon In the s, it wasn't unusual to see a number of cars with little Garfield plushes stuck to the windows with suction cups. But that wasn't the original design—or the intended use. It never occurred to me that people would put them on cars. Garfield at Large was number one for two solid years. They both contacted Davis personally for the strips; the cartoonist happily obliged.
They only know their characters. So I just hide behind Garfield. Davis's father and namesake, who passed away in , liked Garfield but preferred another comic strip: This article originally appeared in