Today is a big day in the world of pop culture. That’s because one of the country’s favorite pop icons celebrates his birthday today. The icon in question is everybody’s favorite flabby feline, Garfield. The creation of cartoonist Jim Davis, Garfield celebrates his thirty-fifth birthday today. As a belated birthday present to Garfield’s fans, Paws, Inc., Vivendi Entertainment, and Dargaud Media will release the latest collection of episodes from The Garfield Show next Tuesday, June 25th.
The Garfield Show: Pizza Dreams sees six more episodes loaded with laughs come to viewers. It also includes a handful of bonus Garfield shorts much in the vein of the “Quickies” shorts from Garfield & Friends. The set opens with Jon trying once again to put Garfield on a diet on the orders of his veterinarian girlfriend, Liz. Long-time fans of the Garfield franchises will love the subtle reference to Garfield & Friends when Garfield makes the comment, “Somebody get me an attorney named Murray!” This same line was used in one episode of Garfield & Friends. Fans might also notice quite the similarity to another classic Garfield & Friends episode in which Garfield pretends to mail himself off to Abu Dhabi as a prank on Jon and Odie. This isn’t the first time that The Garfield Show has ever thrown back to Garfield & Friends. And it likely won’t be the last time, either. But that the writers behind this show have managed once again to make a relatively new story while paying homage to the show’s predecessor makes this an enjoyable addition to this compilation of episodes.
The Garfield Show pays homage to its predecessor throughout a number of episodes. That’s shown yet again with this latest collection of episodes. Though, it does have its share of original episodes, too. One of the best of this compilation’s best original episodes sees Garfield seeking out a world famous chef that makes “the best lasagna in the world.” Garfield proves in “Master Chef”, that he will go to any length—including dressing up as a baby—in order to get his paws on the highly desired pasta dish. In the end, he learns a valuable lesson and secret about the lasagna that will have viewers of all ages laughing out loud.
For all of the laughs that Garfield offers throughout this new compilation, it also offers some very valuable shorts that parents will appreciate. The shorts included in this set are like those in at least one previous set of episodes. They are short fifteen to thirty second vignettes that promote important topics for young viewers in a way that will inform and entertain. This time, the included shorts promote healthy eating, exercise, proper pet care, and other topics. As short as they shorts are, they make discussing the topics in question easier for parents. Even more worthy of praise is the fact that here audiences have the laziest of creatures promoting healthy eating and exercise to young viewers. In its own way, this is hilarious. But it also shows that those behind the show understand and appreciate the importance of preventing childhood obesity. It makes this topic and the others broached that much easier for parents to jump into with far less anxiety. It is for this reason and for the included enjoyable episodes that Garfield fans of any age will want to pick up this new single disc collection. It will be available in stores and online next Tuesday, June 25th and can be ordered online direct from the official Garfield website at http://www.cafepress.com/garfield.853607724. Fans can also go to the official Garfield website at http://www.garfield.com to get the latest news on Garfield, to play games, and much more. Fans can also keep up with all of the latest Garfield news on the official Garfield Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/Garfield.
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