December 28, 2011

Garfiled: His 9 Lives

The book was published in 1984 - it was the  illustrated short stories showing the "nine lives" of comic strip character Garfield the cat. It was adapted into an animated television special in 1988.

I was in the 5th grade when I got this book, and being at the height of my Collecting-All-Things-Garfield stage of my life, this book was mind-blowing. Various artists and writers contributing their works to create these nine short stories in this graphic novel format.

The book is divided into ten segments; the first one displays the creation of cats in general, where the latter nine reveal events in Garfield's nine lives. Each of the nine stories has a short preface of Garfield in his modern incarnation, explaining how these various lives shaped aspects of his personality, such as the origin of his fear of the veterinarian, his love of destructive behavior, his proclivity for a slothful lifestyle, and his playful side.

The one-hour long television adaptation was produced in 1988, and it featured four different "lives." Consequently leaving out four of the lives from the book: "The Vikings", "Babes and Bullets", the "Exterminators" and "Primal Self". "Babes and Bullets" was adapted into a television special of its own the following year: "Garfield's Babes and Bullets"(which won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program of 1989).















Directed &
Produced by
Phil Roman
Written by Jim Davis (writer, creator), David Kuhn (segment "In the Garden"),
Jim Clements (segment "Space Cat"), and George Herriman (uncredited)
Starring Lorenzo Music
Thom Huge, Gregg Berger, and Desirée Goyette
Music by Ed Bogas and Desirée Goyette
Studio Film Roman
Animation
Direction by
Kevin Petrilak, Bob Scott, Bill Littlejohn, Doug Frankel,
John Sparey, Bob Nesser, Ruth Kissane, and George Singer

2 comments:

Cord Nielson said...

Really cool. I love the character designs in the 4th life (the music one). Thanks for posting.

Valentina said...

ació por accidente un 19 de junio de 1978, y desde el primer momento ya se supo que iba a ser problemático: gordo, perezoso, cascarrabias, con un amor desmesurado hacia la lasaña y un odio ancestral por los lunes. Ese era Garfield, un gato anaranjado con rayas que de los cuarenta y cinco periódicos nacionales en los que vió la luz, ha pasado a ser una de las tiras más difundidas de la historia del medio, publicándose en 23 idiomas, 63 países y la friolera de ¡2.750 rotativos!; todo un record para un personaje que estuvo a punto de ser un mosquito. consulta medico pediatra medico doctor dermatologo veterinario veterinario lawyer online consulta abogado abogado abogado abogado abogado psicologo doctor psicologo abogado abogado Y es que Jim Davies, su creador, desarrolló inicialmente una tira que con nombre 'Gnorm the Gnat', narraba las desventuras de un insecto que, afortunadamente, no gustaron mucho. Viendo que ningún periódico quería darle continuidad, Davies abandonó a este su primer personaje y comenzó a gestar la idea que finalmente se transformaría en Garfield. Desde entonces, Davies ha trabajado incansablemente para que no haya habido un día en estos treinta y seis años en los que Garfield no haya aparecido, logrando que, a pesar de lo reiterativo de muchos de sus chistes, el gato cascarrabias sea una voz permanente en las vidas de infinidad de lectores.