Garfield's Judgment Day (cancelled animated special; late 1980s-early 1990s)

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Garfield's Judgment Day picture book.

Status: Lost

Garfield's Judgment Day was a cancelled animated Garfield movie-length special that would have aired in the late 80's or early 90's.[1] Jim Davis wanted this special to be one of the best Garfield specials, involving much more serious themes than previous Garfield specials, namely involving a tornado destroying his hometown. Interestingly, Disney was the studio working on it.

The special went through scripting and was fully story-boarded. All of the voice acting, several songs, and an estimated 15 minutes worth of animation were completed before Disney cancelled the special, feeling the subject matter was far too dark and depressing for a Garfield cartoon. Davis tried to script the special two more times, but the studio showed no interest both times. The story was eventually incorporated into a Garfield picture book of the same name in July 1990.

A documentary titled Happy Birthday Garfield that aired on CBS in 1988 featured a "sneak preview" of the special. Aside from this, no other footage of the film has been seen.


A recording of a song that would have been featured in the movie (at 1:54).