Date: 2nd November 2021

Chris Pratt to Voice Garfield in New Animated Feature.

Chris Pratt will provide the voice of the famous orange cat in an all-new animated movie which is set for a worldwide release by Sony Pictures.

David Reynolds, who received an Oscar nomination for his work on Finding Nemo, will pen the script, with Mark Dindal (Chicken Little) directing. Alcon Entertainment is producing the new animated feature, having acquired the rights from Garfield creator Jim Davis. Sony Pictures will distribute the film in territories across the world, except China.

Created by Jim Davis, Garfield began as a comic strip in the 1970s and has become the world's most widely syndicated comic strip. It follows the life of socially awkward cartoonist Jon Arbuckle, his lasagna-loving cat Garfield, and dimwitted dog Odie. The titular feline ventured into animation with a series of television specials and the hit cartoon series Garfield and Friends in the 1980s. There have been other animated adaptations and it's been announced that Nickelodeon is also developing another animated Garfield series.

Garfield did not fare quite as well when he tried his hand at live-action movies. In 2004, Bill Murray infamously voiced the cat in Garfield: The Movie, which followed a CG-animated version of Garfield in a live-action setting. While the critics weren't kind to the movie at all, it performed well enough at the box office to bring about a sequel with Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties releasing in 2006.

Source: Press Release