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).
|Written by||Jim Davis (writer, creator), David Kuhn (segment "In the Garden"),
Jim Clements (segment "Space Cat"), and George Herriman (uncredited)
Thom Huge, Gregg Berger, and Desirée Goyette
|Music by||Ed Bogas and Desirée Goyette|
|Kevin Petrilak, Bob Scott, Bill Littlejohn, Doug Frankel,|
John Sparey, Bob Nesser, Ruth Kissane, and George Singer