Wednesday, October 20, 2010
A certain orange cat from the late '70s and '80s is bringing lazy back, this time with new stories and CG effects fit for the digital generation in the recently released DVD "The Garfield Show: Odie Oh!" from Vivendi Entertainment.
Garfield is up to his old pesky tricks, tormenting poor pooch Odie, confounding owner Jon and trying to inhale as much lasagna as possible. The 72-minute DVD (SRP $14.93) offers up five fun stories on a preschool platter that take little ones on adventures around Garfield's neighborhood.
It was funny watching "The Garfield Show" with CC, as this feline fella was a character I grew up watching myself. Like Strawberry Shortcake, this is one '80s relic that seems to actually have life after acid-washed jeans and feathered hair.
The two episodes CC found the funniest were "From the Oven" and "The Amazing Flying Dog," the first being a silly mash-up of Frankenstein, King Kong and the Food Network -- if you can imagine -- and the latter offering up Odie as a potential superhero.
In fact, that's exactly what CC said: "Look, Mommy! He's a superhero dog!"
In "From the Oven," an out-of-control cake has the gang running for their frosting-free lives after Jon and Garfield add ingredients overheard from a horror movie playing on the kitchen TV. (That's why it always pays to look as well as listen!)
"Look at that cake, Mommy! It's climbing the building!" said CC during a particularly harrowing moment.
The stories are silly and fun, and for a 3-year-old like CC, there's no baggage associating "The Garfield Show" with a decade long gone -- or with that less-than-stellar movie from 2004.
As for lasagna, she's a fan anyway.
Special features include Garfield shorts and Garfield masks and wallpaper for download.