Chris Pratt to Voice Garfield in New Animated Movie

Add another major character to Chris Pratt‘s voice-work line-up. Not only is Pratt voicing Mario in an animated Super Mario Bros movie, it has now been announced that he will be the new voice of Garfield in an animated film to be released by Sony.

The new Garfield will be directed by Mark Dindal, whose previous animated credits as helmer include Chicken Little, The Emperor’s New Groove, and Cats Don’t Dance. The screenplay comes from David Reynolds, who earned an Oscar nomination for co-writing 2003 Pixar hit Finding Nemo and worked with Dindal on The Emperor’s New Groove.

The film will be animated and produced by DNEG Animation (also behind recently released animated film Ron’s Gone Wrong), with DNEG CEO Namit Malhotra and president Tom Jacomb attached to produce.

As first reported by THR, the animated film is coming from Alcon Entertainment, who acquired the rights from Garfield creator Jim Davis. Davis is on board as an executive producer alongside Bridget McMeel from AMUSE and Craig Sost, with Alcon’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson producing alongside John Cohen and Steven P. Wegner.

Garfield first appeared in a comic strip published from 1976 to early 1978 as Jon (Jon Arbuckle, Garfield’s human owner), which also ran in the Times. In 1978, the strip went into nationwide syndication as Garfield, following the titular lasagna-loving, Monday-hating cat, his owner, and the dog, Odie. Garfield remains the most widely syndicated comic strip in the world.

20th Century Fox took the iconic cat to the screen in 2004 CG/live-action hybrid Garfield, which spawned a 2006 sequel, Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties. Bill Murray voiced Garfield in both ill-received films – a job he initially took on because he mistakenly thought the first film’s co-writer was Joel Coen, one half of the Coen Brothers. Once he found out it was actually Joel Cohen, it was too late; he was in for a miserable time.

Pratt’s previous voice credits include The Lego Movie and its sequel, as well as 2020 Disney•Pixar film Onward. On the live-action side of things, Pratt’s pipeline upcoming projects include Jurassic World: Dominion, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Thor: Love and Thunder, and Amazon series The Terminal List.

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