There are a few things even casual fans know about Garfield. He’s a cat. He adores lasagna. He’s frequently perturbed by his dog colleague, Odie. And he DESPISES Monday. These are absolute truths that we’ve come to accept about the cartoon feline. But has anyone bothered to ask why?
Huffington Post film critic Nell Minow actually did during an interview with Garfield’s creator, Jim Davis, in honor of the DVD release of Garfield’s Holiday Collection, which will include a Thanksgiving special featuring the colorful cat and his cast of supporting characters. When approached about the cat’s feelings about Monday (a sentiment most of us share, after all), Davis told the site:
Jim Davis milked it for every gag he could think of:
In time, it became a successful meme:
Jim Davis went on to explain that the earliest promotional items for Garfield had anti-Monday slogans, and that he noticed that his fan base "would let Garfield say [these things] for them. It is the attitude that people gravitate to because he is such a great escape for that."
As for the kitty cats love of all things lasagna, Jim Davis has an easier explanation, telling HuffPo:
Garfield had a mild resurgence when his likeness was brought to the big screen for two feature films. The cat even earned the celebrity voice of Bill Murray, who kind of confessed that he didn’t expect the movies to turn out as badly as they did.
Were they released on a Monday? Because that would make sense.
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Sean O’Connell is a journalist and CinemaBlend’s Managing Editor. Having been with the site since 2011, Sean interviewed myriad directors, actors and producers, and created ReelBlend, which he proudly cohosts with Jake Hamilton and Kevin McCarthy. And he's the author of RELEASE THE SNYDER CUT, the Spider-Man history book WITH GREAT POWER, and an upcoming book about Bruce Willis.