October 28, 2009

Garfield Finds a Home on Cartoon Network
“The Garfield Show” Debuts
Monday, November 2nd

 All-New TV show in CGI and HD brings the sarcastic cat
to one of the top
 youth  networks

(Wednesday, October 28, 2009— Albany,  IN)  -- “The Garfield Show,” an all-new animated TV show in CGI and high definition will debut Monday,  November 2nd   at 10:30 a.m. on the Cartoon Network.  The show will then air daily, Monday-Friday, at 10:30 a.m.  and 3:00 p.m. Designed to entertain kids of all ages, the show revolves around a typical day-in-the-life of the surly cat and the characters that inhabit his world.

While brand new to the  United States audience, “The Garfield Show” has been delighting audiences worldwide since its debut on  France 3 network in November 2008.  It also currently airs in  Australia,  New Zealand,  Spain,  Italy,  Taiwan,  Philippines, Latin America, the  United Kingdom, and is slated to debut in  South Africa, the Middle East, and Eastern and  Western Europe on Saturday, November 7th.    

“Cartoon Network is the place for fun and innovative programming, and “The Garfield Show” will be a perfect addition to their line-up.  The show has been a delight to work on – the animation sparkles, and the stories are fun,” according to  Garfield cartoonist Jim Davis.    

Since its debut in  France, the show attracted a record audience for the network.  In the  U.K., the debut show became the top rated show on the network. Since then, it has consistently been in the top three shows for the network. 

A production of Paws, Inc. and Dargaud Media, a Paris-based animation and publishing company, the show features the corpulent kitty and the world he lives in, including his owner, the dull but decent Jon Arbuckle, the happy-go-lucky pup Odie, the cloying “cutest kitten in the world,” Nermal, and Garfield’s permanent houseguest, Squeak the mouse.  New characters include Vito, owner of the “world’s best pizza” parlor, Eddy Gourmand, an eccentric food critic, Harry, the ne’er-do-well alley cat, as well as assorted colorful characters from Garfield’s  neighborhood and the occasional visitor from the world beyond. Through situations both fantastic and familiar,  Garfield entertains with his unique point-of-view and his sarcastic wit.

The fully-animated half-hour television series features 26 episodes, each with two complete stories.  The show is animated in CGI with 3D tools, and appears in High Definition.  It is available in both English and Spanish languages.  The show is produced in  France under the direction of Robert Réa, Director General, and Philippe Vidal, creative director. 

Jim Davis, creator of Garfield, and Mark Evanier, a writer for the highly successful “Garfield and Friends” TV show (CBS-TV), helped pen dozens of episodes of “The Garfield Show,” along with French nationalist writers including Julien Magnat, Philippe Vidal, and Peter Berts.

Instavision of Venice, California is managing all U.S. digital distribution of the series through multiple online and mobile platforms, including iTunes, YouTube (youtube.com/garfieldshow), and at www.thegarfieldshow.com. A new website devoted to the show will feature games, mobile downloads, video, and "The Catbox" featuring social networking aspects, including blogs by Dr. Liz ( Garfield’s veterinarian) and Squeak the mouse, an authority on the world’s cheeses, and much more. The show’s characters can be found on Facebook (www.facebook.com/garfield) and Twitter ( http://twitter.com/therealgarfield)

Garfield ’s first foray into television began with the primetime special, “Here Comes Garfield” in 1981.  Since then, thirteen primetime specials have garnered four Emmy-awards.  “Garfield & Friends,” a Saturday morning cartoon for CBS, aired from 1988-1995, and was often the top-rated Saturday morning show for kids across all networks.