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The Wild Life DVD
1.) Description (Editorial Reviews)
From the over-exuberant parrot Mak to the snack-obsessed tapir Rosie, from the persnickety echidna Epi to the acrobatic pangolin Pango, from the ditzy goat Scrubby to the commonsensical kingfisher Kiki and the always-cool chameleon Carmello, things are larger-than-life on a tropical isle that is pure wild animal paradise. Then Robinson Crusoe, a marooned human, arrives in the midst of a furious storm, and their lives are forever changed by this bewildering new “creature.” No matter their differences, castaway human and quirky animals embark on an hilarious new adventure, building the island’s first tree-house and surviving together. But when two conniving members of the animal kingdom — the savage cats Mal & May – pounce into a battle for control of the island, Crusoe and his animal posse must uncover the true power of friendship against all odds (even savage cats).
Released by Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment.
2.) Special Features
1.)I watched a few episodes of The Garfield Show. The CGI was neat, but Garfield was out of character and most of the gags fell flat! The live action Garfield movies suffered from similar problems. Although, Bill Murray was a good choice for the voice of Garfield. I've been a Garfield fan ever since I was a 2 year old sucking on a bottle. I once had a Garfield birthday cake. In the 1980's, plush Garfield toys that stick to your car window were trendy. Garfield was created by cartoonist Jim Davis in the late 1970's. Garfield TV specials were adapted for network TV in the 1980's. Actor Lorenzo Music was Garfield! When we think of Garfield's "voice", we think of his voice. In the comics, Odie joined the cast when Jon's friend Lyman left him at his house. The humor in the Garfield comics is dry and sardonic. They poke fun of Mondays, fad diets, popular movies, con artists, etc. The look of Garfield, Jon and Odie has been refined over the years. Garfield and Friends was a great Saturday morning cartoon on CBS. It lasted from 1988-1993. It delivered in quality and quantity. The show was filled with US Acres cartoons. In England, US Acres is known as "Orson's Farm". The music on Garfield and Friends is good considering the limited budget.
I like the episode where Garfield and Odie dance to polka music on the sidewalk. It makes little sense, but it's funny!
In another episode, Jon, Odie, and Garfield have no place to hide from a B grade creature feature. The bad creature feature is also being shown on a Spanish language channel! The US Acres cartoons are almost as fun as Garfield. They spoofed everything from Star Trek to James Bond. It took me years to find out that Nermal was a male kitten voice by a female. In some dubbed versions, Nermal is refered to as "She"! Garfield and Friends(1988-1993) presented Garfield in his purest, true form.
2.) Garfield & Friends shines as the so-called "Silver Age" of Garfield...never understood how this was the Silver Age, as the Golden Age was the older, saggy Garfield and included a number of forgettable characters. Volume Two of the series has a number of memorable cartoons. As with all the G&F volumes, the US Acres segments are hit-or-miss; usually episodes with songs in them are "miss", while the others are pretty good stuff. The Garfield episodes, however, contain voicing from Pat Buttram (voice of the Sheriff of Nottingham in Disney's "Robin Hood" & Napoleon in "The Aristocats") and a number of other classic cartoon voice actors. These episodes have started coming out in digital format, but they're inexplicably slow to release (legalese and reproduction arguments with PAWS, Inc. are the usual suspects), so I highly recommend getting these DVDs before they're impossible to find.
3.) Ah, this is the same great cartoon I remember from childhood. Please note that this is not an HD version, so it initially seemed a little "off" compared to the crisp picture we are accustomed to seeing on big-screen HD televisions these days. After a few minutes, however, one recalls that the picture is exactly like it was when the episodes originally aired, adding to the feeling of nostalgia. I am so glad this video collection is available so I can share the "original" Garfield with my children.
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