Garfields Judgment day

Garfield's Judgment Day picture book.

Garfield 10th Anniversary Special part 4

Garfield 10th Anniversary Special part 4

The video features a recording of a song that would have featured in the movie (at 1:54).

Garfield's Judgment Day was a cancelled animated Garfield movie-length special that would have aired in the late 80s to early 90s. Jim Davis wanted this special to be one of the best Garfield specials he had ever done (his "magnum opus" so to speak). It was much more serious in nature than the other Garfield works, involving a tornado destroying their hometown. This production was unique in the fact that Disney was the studio working on it.

The special went through scripting and was full-out storyboarded. An estimated 15-minutes-worth of animation was finished as well as several songs finished and all the voice acting completed. Disney cancelled the special, feeling the subject matter was far too dark and depressing for Garfield. Davis tried to script the special twice more, 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 aired on CBS in 1988 that featured a "sneak preview"- a recording of a song by Desiree Goyette and Lou Rawls. Aside from this, nothing else has been seen or heard from the special.


The animation cel in the cancelled Garfield special.