PBS Distribution will release the third season of Garfield & Friends to DVD next month.
The 18-episode collection is scheduled for release Oct. 27. It will retail for MSRP of $14.99. Season Three features a variety of great shorts both from Garfield and from his U.S. Acres pals. “For Cats Only” is one of the many great shorts featuring Garfield. This episode finds Garfield hosting a special program that tells the history of cats on Earth. According to the story, cats came from another planet, and that they control humans, not the other way around.
In what is yet another of the season’s most memorable moments, the series shows once how far ahead of its time it was in “How The West Was Lost.” This episode features returning character Cactus Jake, who was voiced throughout the series by Pat Buttram (Robin Hood, The Aristocats, The Fox and the Hound), out of a job after his ranch is automated. Jake tries a variety of fields, but to no success. Thanks to Garfield, Jake ends up getting his job back after Garfield sabotages some of the ranch’s robots to prove mechanization is not the answer to the workplace.
In yet another great moment, the series pokes fun at how mainstream commercial radio works in “D.J. Jon” after Jon becomes a disc jockey at his local radio station. His new (and short-lived) stardom leads Jon to inadvertently neglect Odie and Garfield, so Garfield takes it on himself to get out of the industry’s grip, to hilarious results.
The U.S. Acres shorts featured in Season Three offer their own enjoyment. One of the most notable of this season’s shorts comes in what is clearly a tribute of sorts to The Andy Griffith Show in “The Legal Eagle.” This short finds Roy Rooster taking it on himself to enforce the farm’s laws. There’s just one problem: The laws that Roy is enforcing are out of date, but Roy doesn’t know, so everyone ends up getting locked up, including Roy himself. There was an episode of The Andy Griffith Show in which Don Knotts’ character Barney Fife got into some trouble for doing much the same, locking up lots of Mayberry’s residents for the tiniest infraction.
Another memorable U.S. Acres short from Season Three comes in the form of “Quack to the Future.” The short’s title is a take-off of the Back to the Future franchise title. The short’s story finds Orson hurting Wade’s feelings after he shouted at Wade following an accident. It is not until after the fact that Orson realizes he overreacted to what happened. He wishes he could go back in time and undo what he did, leading to another important lesson from the series; that of friendship and being aware of the power of words.
In another of U.S. Acres’ lighter moments, audiences get an adaptation of the classic story Alice in Wonderland when Orson dreams he has gone to Wonderland. Lanolin plays the part of the Queen of Hearts and is just as loudmouthed as ever. The dream sequence happened when Orson took a nap after searching for a missing croquet ball.
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