“Summer Adventures” offers lots more laughs from The Garfield Show

Everybody’s favorite orange flabby feline is back.  That’s right.  Garfield is back again.  And he’s brought Jon, Odie and all the others along in the brand new dvd,  “Summer Adventures.”  This brand new dvd presents six more episodes from the most recent Garfield television incarnation, The Garfield Show.  This time out, Garfield helps pizzeria owner Vito save his business as it competes with a mega pizza chain.  He also helps his mouse friend, Squeak, in an original episode.  And in another throwback to the original Garfield and Friends series, Garfield gets some not so good luck when he returns a pot of gold to a leprechaun.  There’s even a bonus episode that will also take viewers back to the original Garfield & Friends series in “Fame Fatale.”

“Perfect Pizza” is the first of the six episodes contained on this single disc compilation.  Much like many of the episodes in The Garfield Show, this episode is a near direct throwback to Garfield & Friends.  It starts off with Jon ordering a pizza for Garfield.  Thinking the pizza is from his favorite pizza place, Vito’s, Garfield is surprised at how terrible the pizza is.  He discovers that the pizza is in fact not from Vito’s.  Rather, it’s from a new competitor, Mama Meaney’s Pizza Palace.  The new business has set up shop right next door to Vitos, and is taking customers away from Vito’s thanks to huge deals and coupons.  After finding out how Mama Meaney’s Pizza Palace mass produces its pizzas, Jon declares that he’s going back to Vito’s.  Mama Meaney (who happens to be a man) tries to lure Jon back with lots of coupons.  But it doesn’t work.  They go back to Vito’s. 

When they go back to Vito’s Eddie Gourmand calls and orders one of Vito’s pizzas.  He tells Vito that if he likes the pizza, he’ll tell all his viewers about it and tell them to buy his pizzas.  So Vito gets Jon to take the pizza to Gourmand.  Jon has to avoid Mama Meaney the whole way to Gourmand’s place.  In a chance mishap, Jon accidentally carries one of Mama Meaney’s pizzas to Gourmand who tastes it and declares how horrible it is.  But then Garfield gives Gourmand Vito’s pizza.  Gourman tells Vito how great it is, thus saving his business, and putting Mama Meaney’s Pizza Palace out of business.  As a reward, Vito tells Jon that they can have free pizza any time they want.  Garfield immediately takes full advantage of that, and digs in.  When Vito asks if Garfield will ever stop, Jon tells Vito, “Sure.  He’ll hit anchovies some time.” 

Long time fans will recognize certain similarities to two classic Garfield & Friends episodes in this one episode.  It combines elements of two episodes from the show’s fourth season in “Supermarket Mania” and “Mamma Manicotti.”  Garfield and Jon have to save a small independent business from a mega-conglomerate in both episodes.  The coupon element comes from the prior of the two classic episodes, while the competing Italian restaurant element comes from the latter of the pair.  Both are equally impressive episodes.  And combined, they make for a fun new episode for The Garfield Show.

“Perfect Pizza” is an enjoyable episode from The Garfield Show.  But it’s not all that makes this compilation of shorts so fun.  In a more original episode, Garfield and his friend Squeak go to Eddie Gourmand’s World of Cheese in the original episode, “It’s a Cheese World.”  This time out, Squeak and his friends see an ad for Eddie Gourmand’s Cheese World theme park.  They beg Garfield to take them.  At first, Garfield declines.  But when Jon finds one of Squeak’s friends eating a piece of cheese that he was going to eat, that becomes an excuse for Garfield to get the mice out of the house.  But to get them into the park, he first has to get them past his friend, Harry.  He tries to hide them under an overcoat, in a pizza box, and even uses an old Looney Tunes style bit that ends up working.  The irony of the mice trying to get in is that Gourmand’s park is failing because it’s made entirely of cheese.  And all the cheese is going bad real fast.  Thinking he’s lost everything, Gourmand isn’t sure what to do until a land developer offers to buy the park.  Gourman agrees, but doesn’t know how to get rid of the buildings until Squeak and his friends offer to take care of it for him.  That leads to a happy ending for all involved.

In one more of this new compilation’s collection of fun episodes, The Garfield Show throws back once again to Garfield & Friends with “Lucky Charm.”  “Lucky Charm” sees Odie discover a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.  Odie brings the pot back to Garfield.  But, he’s not alone.  The leprechaun that owns the gold is close behind.  When Garfield gives the gold back, the leprechaun grants him any wish that he wants.  Garfield wishes for good luck.  At first Garfield’s luck doesn’t seem so good.  But then he wins the lottery and becomes rich.  It could be argued that this is a throwback to the Garfield & Friends episode, “Fat & Furry.”  And the concept of whether Garfield’s luck was good could be argued to have been taken from the episode, “Curse of the Klopman.”  Getting back to this episode, though.  At first, being rich seems great.  But when he has to endure a pair of cats claiming to be long lost relatives, salesmen, and even an IRS agent, Garfield has to find the leprechaun who put the “Good Luck” spell on him so he can get it undone.  The leprechaun does.  But then he himself is hounded by the same IRS agent.  It’s a hint at “The Curse of the Klopman.”

The episodes listed here are just a small sampling of the laughs that fans will get from this brand new compilation.  However, all six episodes contained here make for more than enough laughs for both kids and kids at heart.  It’s a great introduction to the world of Garfield for younger viewers.  And it will take parents back to the days of Garfield & Friends.  While the compilation is titled, “Summer Adventures”, it’s a great addition to any family’s home library for the whole family all year long.

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