This sequel to the 2004 hit GARFIELD: THE MOVIE maintains that film's clever intermingling of live action supporting cast with a CGI-animated Garfield, that self-centered, lasagna-quaffing feline, famed of newspaper comic strips by Jim Davis. Though the title is a riff from Dickens, the story here is actually copped from Mark Twain's THE PRINCE & THE PAUPER. While tagging along to England with his lovely vet girlfriend (Jennifer Love Hewitt), Garfield's owner John Arbuckle (Breckin Meyer) inadvertently brings Garfield (voiced by Bill Murray) along, where he winds up being mistaken for Prince (voiced by Tim Curry), the royal cat of a lordly estate. There's a plot afoot to steal Prince's lands and title, orchestrated by the nefarious Dargis (Billy Connolly) and it's up to Garfield to save the day, that is if he can get his face out of the lasagna long enough. Connolly brings a contagious sense of malicious fun to his role as the bad guy, and Bill Murray fans will be licking their whiskers over his droll take on Garfield's lazy anti-heroics. A roster of top British actors lends their voices to some animals on the estate, including: Bob Hoskins, Richard E. Grant, and Jane Horrocks. Fluffy and friendly overall, this is fine family fare, rated PG for some cheeky bathroom humor.
Bill Murray - American actor, LOST IN TRANSLATION, MEATBALLS
Breckin Meyer - American Actor, CLUELESS
Rhys Ifans - British actor, NOTTING HILL
Lucy Davis - British actress, SHAUN OF THE DEAD
John Davis - Producer
Tim Hill - EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Alec Sokolow - Screenwriter
Ian Abercrombie - Actor/"Puppetmaster 3"
Jane Horrocks - British Actress
Bob Hoskins - British Actor
Roscoe Lee Browne - American Actor
Tim Curry - British Actor/Singer, THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975)
Billy Connolly - Comedian/Actor
Joel Cohen - Screenwriter/"Toy Story"
Niel Machlis - Executive Producer, THE FIRST $20 MILLION IS ALWAYS THE HAR
Jennifer Love Hewitt - Actress, GHOST WHISPERER, PARTY OF FIVE
Jennifer "Love" Hewitt - Actress, GHOST WHISPERER, PARTY OF FIVE
Vinnie Jones - Actor
Peter Lyons Collister - American Director Of Photography
Peter Collister - American Director Of Photography
Theatrical Release: June 16, 2006
3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he focus throughout remains on Garfield, whose voicing by Bill Murray is top-notch..." - 08/01/2006 Box Office, p.42
"[With] technically flawless animation." - 09/01/2006 Sight and Sound, 53