GARFIELD: A TALE OF TWO KITTIES
In the first Garfield movie, Jim Daviss notion of a cat delivering sarcastic asides on human life had been extruded out to become a standard warm cuddly talking animals adventure with a big CGI cat delivering smartass one-liners at the centre of it. By the point of Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties, the smartass one-liners have become boosted to the point they are majorly irritating. A Tale of Two Kitties is a Garfield film that is now pitched down at an inane childrens movie level. The film has an extremely simplistic plot one that comes as a well-worn variant on Mark Twains The Prince and the Pauper (1882), albeit using cats. Whereas Garfield seem to at least approximate the original comic-strip in centring itself around the cat and his sarcastic one-liners, A Tale of Two Kitties plays everything down at a slapstick level. Billy Connolly is written in as a one-dimensional villain who is there for no other purpose than to be the butt of much ongoing slapstick sadism having his pants torn off by a vicious dog, statues collapsing on top of him and an extended climax where he runs around the house after Garfield and is repeatedly dumped upon.
Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties also shows the undeniable influence of Babe (1995) there is a supporting cast of barnyard animals and they (and Billy Connollys villain) often get far more time than the comic-strips characters like Jon and Liz. Tim Hill panders to this talking animal element, setting up extended scenes with the animals running around and particularly a kitchen sequence with them making lasagne. It is this that reduces the comic-strip to a level of inanity.
There have been no further live-action Garfield films but the films were followed by a subsequent series of animated dvd releases with Garfield Gets Real (2007), Garfields Fun Fest (2008) and Garfields Pet Force (2009).