Garfield, the wise-tailed cat who prances across the comic pages of more than 2,300 newspapers, is making his home video debut. Three of his hit television specials, "Here Comes Garfield," "Garfield on the Town" and "Garfield Goes Hollywood," are due on video store shelves Sept. 13.
Released by CBS/Fox Video, each cassette runs about 24 minutes and is priced at $12.98. All three were written by the fat cat's creator, Jim Davis. Phil Roman is producer/director in association with United Media/Mendelson Productions. Desiree Goyette and Ed Boggs provide the original music along with Lou Rawls.
"Here Comes Garfield" was nominated for an Emmy and the title song, performed by Lou Rawls, was nominated for a Grammy. "Garfield on the Town," in which Garfield runs from a gang of cats and winds up where he was born, won an Emmy as outstanding animated program. Johnny Bop and the Two-Steps, Jon, Garfield and Odie score a big hit in a "Pet Search" audition, highlight of "Garfield Goes Hollywood."
The popularity of Garfield, born June 19, 1978, in the kitchen of Mama Leone's restaurant, is astounding. More than 37 million Garfield books have been sold as well as 4.5 million stick-on-your-car ornaments. The cat has a number of endorsements and his own line of Hallmark greeting cards. With a merchandising record like that, it seems amazing that getting into the home video marketplace took this long.
Garfield's profile notes that he weighed 5 pounds 6 ounces at birth with 14 toes, 6 whiskers and a pink nose. His favorite sport is a brisk nap; his best friend is his mirror. His nicknames include Amoeba Man, The Caped Avenger, Orange Beard and Pirate, and his confidante is Pooky, his teddy bear. He lists lasagna ("I never met a lasagna I didn't like") as his favorite food, hunger as his driving force, and eating and sleeping as his pet hobbies. His favorite dog? "A hot dog."
Also new: HBO Video has recently re-packaged, re-priced and released 19 children's titles. Nine of them are from "Jim Henson's Fraggle Rock" collection, five are from "Danger Mouse" adventures, and one is an old favorite, "The Christmas That Almost Wasn't." Each is $9.99. Four others, from Kenneth Grahame's "Wind in the Willows" series, are $14.99 each.