Sunday, June 18, 2006

 

Garfield's Fun Pop References

On this Father's Day, I took my son and daughter to see the Garfield sequel A Tail of Two Kitties. I enjoyed the first film, with Bill Murray (who returns here) as the "too-cool-for-you" voice of Garfield. The sequel -- written by Joel Cohen (who also wrote the original, as well as the brilliant Toy Story) and not to be mistaken for Joel Coen of Coen brothers fame -- has some fun pop references. The title alone, is a play on the classic Charles Dickens novel A Tale of Two Cities. The plot -- in which Garfield is mistaken for a wealthy lookalike in London named "Prince" -- is a clear nod to the plot of the Mark Twain novel The Prince and the Pauper. And along the way, the filmmakers are even able to fit in a tribute to the classic Harpo Marx "mirror scene" from the classic Marx Brothers movie, Duck Soup. Now, any film (in this day and age) that even remembers Charles Dickens, Mark Twain the and the Marx Brothers even existed is ok in my book!

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