In the mail at the end of last week was The Garfield Show: Summer Adventures. Even though I am over thirty years old, I am still a Garfield fan. I grew up on the Saturday Morning Garfield & Friends cartoon and I now own them on DVD. I was disappointed with the two live/CGI movies and I had mixed feeling about the three direct-to-DVD computer animated movies. The Garfield Show is actually made in France and it airs in the United States on the Cartoon Network. At first I was a little skeptical about the new computerized animation, but after a few episodes I got use to it. Frank Welker, who voiced the fat cat in the three animated movies, returns for the new series. Unlike the movies, it follows a similar format to Garfield & Friends, minus the U.S. Acres; with normally two eleven minutes episodes.
In the newest release titled Summer Adventures, Garfield and his friends stumble upon a pot of gold in Lucky Charms; Garfield tries to save his favorite pizza place in Perfect Pizza; Garfield goes to a strange theme park in It's a Cheese World; John sends Garfield to a pet school in Extreme Housebreaking; Garfield takes on a new mailman in Mailman Blues; Garfield becomes a superhero in Super Me; and in the bonus episode Fame Fatale, Garfield switches places with a famous cat.
What disappoints me with The Garfield Show DVDs is that they only have six to seven 11 minute episodes. I wish they would just release a full season set. I understand that their main target is kids, and in this economy parents would rather buy a $10 dollar cartoon than a $40 one.
The Garfield Show: Summer Adventures is a great DVD to own for Garfield fans and a great way to introduce kids to Garfield.