You have to give credit to the animation wizards who sweated for months to insert Murray’s feline counterpart so seamlessly into the film. They have improved on the already impressive original, rendering a character who has the credibility of a real cat and the appeal of a cartoon character. They are also far more ambitious in their staging, putting Garfield and his doppelganger into some very elaborate scenes, and all without ever showing any cracks or seams.
Another impressive aspect is the ambitious animal work in the film. Prince’s estate is home to a whole menagerie of real animals from a bulldog (voiced by Bob Hoskins) to a bull, and even a ferret. These diverse creatures are made to do some quite amazing things, including helping Garfield “make” a dish of lasagne. As far as their facial movements go, the filmmakers did cheat by using digital manipulation, but you can’t fake the big stuff. We’ve seen better of course, Babe springs to mind, but credit should be given where it is due.
Make no mistake, Garfield 2 is still a dumb-as-a-post kiddies movie. The storyline is predictable, the characters are one-dimensional and the humans are out-acted by animals and cartoon characters. But, if you can leave your scorn at the door, it’s a surprisingly amusing outing, and not something you’d have trouble sitting through with the kids. It may be junk, but it’s the gold standard of junk - well made, breezy, and just quirky enough to keep you watching. So go on, take your 7-year-old, they’ll love it.
- Alistair Fairweather
Garfield 2 is a surprisingly witty romp about our rotund feline friend's adventures in Blighty. Who says sequels have to suck?
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