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Chris Pratt’s GARFIELD Movie Snags a Release Date

Right after the bombshell news that Pratt would voice Mario in the upcoming Super Mario Bros. animated film, The Hollywood Reporter shared that Chris Pratt would also voice Garfield in an upcoming animated movie starring the famous cat. And now, the Garfield movie has taken another step toward reality. We know when we’ll finally get Chris Pratt’s Garfield because the movie has a release date.

Chris Pratt to voice Garfield, split image of Garfield in bed and Chris Pratt making a funny face
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While it makes a little more sense for Pratt to voice Garfield than it does Mario—after all, Garfield does not happen to be Italian. It still seems odd. Pratt honestly seems more like he’d make for a good Jonathan Q. Arbuckle to us.

But casting is as casting does. And as mentioned, Sony has now shared the Garfield movie’s release date. The film will grace our screens on February 16, 2024. We saw the news via Variety. It makes for a perfect post-Valentine’s Day adventure, we guess.

But Chris Pratt isn’t the only famous name in the movie. It has now been revealed that Samuel L. Jackson will join the voice cast of the Garfield movie. According to Deadline, he will play “a brand-new character, Garfield’s father Vic.”

Fury with Goose the Flerken
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Very interesting. Could there be daddy issues ahead for Garfield? Even more than he already has with Jonathan, we mean. We’re not sure what Garfield’s father may be like, but we feel interested to find out. And we definitely will have our cat ears up for who else gets cast in this film.

Sony Pictures will release this film from Alcon Entertainment worldwide (excluding China). Mark Dindal will direct the movie. And David Reynolds penned the script. Reynolds worked on Finding Nemo, and together, the duo worked on The Emperor’s New Groove. That’s a promising pair. But we still feel a bit confused by the Pratt situation.

Only time will tell if Pratt can fully embody the original grumpy cat. And given Garfield has been around since 1978, that’s one big sleeping box to fill. One thing we can say for sure. Garfield has produced great memes and internet content for years, and Chris Pratt has too. So the internet is about to have a field day with this one. We look forward to seeing exactly how things unroll.

Originally published on November 1, 2021.

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