Everybody’s favorite flabby tabby is back yet again. And it’s just in time for the holidays. Gaiam-Vivendi will release a brand new single-disc compilation of holiday themed episodes tomorrow. “The Garfield Show: Holiday Extravaganza” contains six holiday themed episodes, one of which is a two-part Christmas episode. Another of the episodes is a bonus episode that’s great for Halloween. In this new compilation, Garfield, Odie, and Jon head to a haunted house so that Jon can work on a new comic book. Also in the collection’s sole Thanksgiving episode, the guys have to deal with a certain animal in the style of another classic Garfield & Friends episode. And, in what is the best of the compilation’s episodes, Odie comes up with a plan to get a group of stray animals adopted for Christmas.
In the first episode in this brand new compilation, Jon is having troubles writing a new comic book for his boss, Mr. Parker. He keeps getting distracted because of the phone. So when he tells Mr. Parker, Mr. Parker tells Jon to go to a house that he just bought. What Jon doesn’t know is that the house is haunted. It could be argued that in a roundabout way, this episode kind of pays tribute to Stephen King’s The Shining, what with Jon trying to write in a haunted house. Anyone who has seen the horror classic might catch the reference. Except in this case, the story is much more family friendly. The house does indeed turn out to be haunted. There’s just one problem. While the house is haunted, only Garfield and Odie can see the ghost because the ghost in question is a ghost cat. He explains to Garfield that humans can’t see ghost cats. But he has to make Jon believe in him so that he can finally be released from haunting the house, and cross over. Through a series of funny tricks, Garfield finally gets Jon to believe, thus releasing the ghost cat. Ironically, his new belief also becomes the subject of his new comic book, solving Jon’s writer’s block.
This new compilation of episodes also contains a Thanksgiving episode that’s fun for the whole family. In “Turkey Trouble”, Jon invites Liz over for Thanksgiving. He’s ordered a turkey. There’s just one problem. Jon discovers that when the turkey is delivered, it’s alive. This is a throwback to a certain episode from the classic Garfield & Friends animated series. It just has some minor tweaks. Jon can’t bring himself to do what needs to be done, so he decides to make his signature spinach lasagna instead. Meanwhile, Garfield has to figure out how to handle the turkey, eventually managing to take it back to the butcher shop. But when the guys discover what would happen to the turkey, Garfield sneaks back in later to rescue the turkey. Of course, the turkey ends up rescuing itself. Viewers will laugh at how it does, too. In the end, the guys bring the turkey to dinner, enjoying Jon’s spinach lasagna. It’s revealed that the turkey will be sent to a petting zoo instead.
“The Garfield Show: Holiday Extravaganza” has loads of family fun throughout each of its episodes. As fun as each episode is here, there is one that stands out more than any of the others. It’s one of the set’s group of Christmas-themed episodes. The two part episode, “Home For The Holidays” is the best of the best in this compilation. In this special episode, Garfield learns the true meaning of Christmas after running into Arlene one evening when he and Jon go grocery shopping. Garfield thinks about what Arlene said to him. So he and Odie come and surprise Arlene and the stray animals that she is helping with food and bedding. While they are there, Odie comes up with an idea to get the pets all adopted for Christmas. While Arlene isn’t sure the idea will work, Garfield compliments him, telling him he thinks Odie’s idea is brilliant. The group takes on the task. It means taking the Christmas tree and dinner from their house and taking it to the junkyard where the strays are staying. They also take a truck and use it to light up a pile of junk at the yard. The pile has a star on top that attracts people from all over the city. It’s arguable that there’s a biblical reference with the light shining at the top of the pile, as it looks a little bit like the Star of Bethlehem. And being that it drew everyone from all around adds to that similarity. When the people come, they all adopt the animals at the junkyard, including Jon’s mother and even Liz’s parents. It all makes for one of the show’s most heartwarming episodes so far, and what will be one of the favorite episodes for families in this compilation.
The episodes mentioned here are only a portion of what’s offered in “The Garfield Show: Holiday Extravaganza.” This brand new compilation also includes a second Christmas episode that indirectly pays tribute to another classic Garfield & Friends episode, as well as another pair of Halloween episodes. Whether it be those episodes or the ones listed here, “The Garfield Show: Holiday Extravaganza” has lots of laughs and lots of heart for the whole family to enjoy this holiday season. It will be available in stores tomorrow.
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