Chris Pratt will play yet another well-known pop culture character, this time Garfield, the Monday-hating, lasagna-loving kitty. The Hollywood Reporter broke the story on November 1st. Pratt’s latest casting bombshell comes just weeks after he was unveiled as Mario’s voice in the upcoming animated Super Mario Bros film.
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Chris Pratt’s next major job has been announced: he’ll play Garfield in a new animated picture based on the popular comic strip cat.
Pratt will be following in the footsteps (or paws?) of Bill Murray’s portrayal of the orange feline in Garfield: The Movie and its sequel Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties. However, there is little information about the upcoming film. Though, THR confirmed that Jim Davis, the creator of Garfield, will serve as an executive producer.
Garfield was created by Jim Davis and initially appeared in the comics sections of newspapers in 1978. Jon Arbuckle’s lethargic orange tabby cat is a constant source of frustration for him. It’s no SG news that with his sardonic and sarcastic tone, this lasagna-lover cat became the most widely syndicated comic strip in the world.
Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson are the minds behind the new Garfield animated film. Mark Dindal is directing the film, which was scripted by Oscar contender David Reynolds. On The Emperor’s New Groove, Reynolds and Dindal collaborated.
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Pratt acknowledged his role on Instagram, captioning a snap of the naughty feline with, “Well this Monday doesn’t suck…” This is the actor’s second high-profile animated role in less than a year.
Pratt has been cast as Mario in a planned Super Mario Bros. film, which has sparked a slew of Twitter jokes (and may have angered some fans for real). His casting as Garfield has elicited similar derision, owing to the fact that the two parts were announced so close together.
Pratt’s current string of animated jobs has sparked speculation that his immunization status is to blame. The actor hasn’t said whether he’s been vaccinated against COVID-19, however, immunization regulations are frequently at the studio’s discretion. At least that’s how many news outlets like AsiaOne News see it.
Pratt has also been filming two huge live-action roles in recent months. Since the end of Parks and Recreation, Pratt has maintained a tight relationship with IP-inspired films. The Lego Movie, directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, unwittingly unleashed the floodgates in 2014.
The star has been in several Jurassic World films, Lego Movie spin offs, and Guardians of the Galaxy/Marvel-related franchises. It’s almost as if Pratt saw he didn’t fare well in the best Hollywood Chris argument and intended to test our resolve one nostalgic childhood role at a time.
Why Garfield makes more sense for Chris Pratt
Surprisingly, Chris Pratt is a better fit for the role of Garfield than Mario. Due to his A-list status and earlier voice acting experience as Emmet in The Lego Movie trilogy and Barley in Pixar’s Onward, he is clearly cast in these roles.
Despite the fact that both characters have distinct voices, he has a greater chance of mimicking Garfield’s grouchy tone than Mario’s mannerisms. After all, the latter’s Italian accent is an important part of his personality, and Pratt reproducing it — no matter how hard he tries, and unfortunately, no matter what the result is — feels like a miscast.
On the other hand, there’s a better chance he’ll be able to convert his usual high-energy performance into Garfield’s quirks.
Back-to-back announcements of Chris Pratt’s upcoming films have sparked debate since it does not sit well with the general public. Not only does it dismiss and overlook specialized voice actors in favor of Hollywood celebrities, but Pratt’s public image has recently deteriorated, owing to his personal and political convictions.
Only Chris Pratt’s performances as Garfield and Mario will ultimately determine whether his hiring was worth the controversy.