Garfield: Holiday Celebrations (Garfield's Halloween Adventure / Garfield's Thanksgiving / A Garfield Christmas)
(267 customer reviews)
Adventures of Garfield the cat, Odie the dog, and Jon their hapless owner.
Genre: Feature Film-Comedy
Release Date: 26-OCT-2004
Media Type: DVD
- Amazon Sales Rank: #11226 in DVD
- Brand: Garfield
- Published on: 2004-10-26
- Released on: 2004-10-26
- Rating: Unrated (Not Rated)
- Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Formats: Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
- Original language: English
- Subtitled in: English, Spanish
- Dubbed in: English, Spanish
- Number of discs: 1
- Dimensions: .75" h x 5.50" w x 7.50" l, .16 pounds
- Running time: 71 minutes
No one loves the cold months better than acerbic fat cat Garfield, who thrives on a bounty of junk food and traditional meals in the delightful collection of musical-comedy TV specials Garfield Holiday Celebrations. "Garfield's Halloween Adventure" finds the portly hero and airhead-sidekick Odie the dog scrounging through owner Jon's attic to find perfect costumes, then encountering ghosts and ghoulies that seem a tad authentic. "Garfield's Thanksgiving" is a screwball special in which Jon harasses veterinarian Liz into being his Turkey Day guest. Trouble is, Jon is clueless about how to cook a big bird; fortunately, starving Garfield has the good sense to call in Jon's spirited grandmother for a culinary rescue. Grandma shows up, too, in "A Garfield Christmas," about a family get-together that covers all the nice holiday stuff and, of course, lots of bickering, pouting, and jealousy. As long as Garfield gets his Yuletide lasagna, however, all is right with the world. --Tom Keogh
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
Timeless holiday cartoon classics
By Davey B.
I'm not sure what I love more about the Garfield Holiday Celebrations collection - that my kids are making great new memories, or that I'm reminded of great old ones. I'd say it's probably an even finish.
Unlike so many cartoons from my 80's childhood that I watch now and think, "Wow ... how did my parents ever stand me watching these senseless things?", Garfield continues to inspire just as much laughter and smiling decades later as he did back then. Maybe even more - when I was a kid, I never realized how much subtle humor Jim Davis used to keep the adults laughing along with the rest of the family, too.
It's hard to pick a favorite out of the three movies in this collection, but we probably watch Garfield's Halloween more than any of the others. It does seem a little scarier than I remember as a kid, with ghost pirates and a scary-looking old man in a haunted house, so it might be wise to screen the movie yourself first if you have a child who frightens easily. But it also has some of my favorite songs from all of the holiday specials, and it has .... "Candy candy candy candy candy!" Such simple but fun lines, that Jim Davis.
Along with the Peanuts holiday specials, these Garfield movies are a must-watch for us every year, and our kids always seem to want to watch them again come late spring, too. They just make everyone feel good. There is also the Garfield's Jolly Holiday 3-pack paperback book comic strip collection based on these movies, as well.
The only bummer is that unlike the Peanuts Holiday collection, which is available in both DVD and Blu-ray, the Garfield Holiday Celebrations collection is still only available on DVD. So know that if you're buying this DVD version, you're getting the best quality that's currently available (as of the date of this review).
But hey, if you grew up watching this when it was originally broadcasted, it was probably over an old tube TV anyway, so the DVD is still a step up! Plus, I kinda like reminding the kids that not everything was pixel-perfect sharp back in the day. It may be a little grainy, but it takes me back to my own childhood just that much more.
Love this collection!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
By Nathaniel Wayne
If you are like me and you grew up on the Garfield specials (before the "Garfield & Friends" TV show) then this is a must have. It includes the Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas specials. The Thanksgiving is a little weak compared to the other two, but all are worth watching around their respective holidays or just for fun. Especially great music in the Halloween special.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
By History Man
I agree that these are three of the best holiday specials that TV has offered and it is great to have them all on one disc.
But don't throw those old VHS copies away just yet - at least not the Christmas special. Although the Halloween and Thanksgiving shows are fine on DVD, the color is very uneven on the Christmas special and in some scenes looks like pre-final sketch work that has not been fully colored in at all. This is obvious when you compare it to the old VHS edition. That's really a shame and, unfortunately, not that uncommon (see some of the reviews of the DVD edition of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," which suffers from even worse color distortion).