Fans are ecstatic to learn that Chris Pratt will be portraying Garfield, the famously sluggish cat, in a new animated film! Chris Pratt has had a busy year, working on movies like Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 3 and, most recently, the forthcoming Super Mario Brothers film.
When Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto and Nintendo unveiled the unnamed Mario project earlier this year, it shattered the internet. However, it wasn’t the film’s idea that got people talking; it was the star-studded ensemble!
The Mario film has some of Hollywood’s best stars, including Anya Taylor-Joy, Keegan Michael-Key, and Seth Rogan, among others. Most notably, when it was announced that Chris Pratt would be voicing the title character, Mario, many were perplexed.
Many people were puzzled by Chris’ casting, with many questioning how he planned to fit into this humorous cast as the renowned Italian character. And Chris may have just sparked yet another uproar by revealing that he would be voicing Garfield in a new animated film! On Monday morning, The Hollywood Reporter broke the news and revealed a few information about the project.
Chris expressed his delight by posting a photo of Garfield to Instagram with the remark, “Well this Monday doesn’t suck…” Mark Dindal is scheduled to helm the film, which is still unnamed, and will chronicle the crazy exploits of the famed lasagna-loving, Monday-hating cat. It’s not the first time a big-budget Garfield movie has been made.
In the 2004 film Garfield and its 2006 sequel, Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties, Bill Murray provided the voice of the title character. While the original Garfield comic strips are universally adored, the film adaptations are…a bit more contentious. A Tail of Two Kitties, the 2006 sequel, now has an embarrassingly low Rotten Tomatoes rating of 12%.
So when it was revealed that Chris had been hired in the part, fans went crazy, questioning why the A-lister had agreed to push his career in this path. People on social media reacted to Chris’ new position with some humorous replies. “Oh Garfield, we have a guest!” (Jon) “Don’t tell me it’s Nermal,” Garfield says. “It’s Nermal!” exclaims Jon. So, let’s just say some people weren’t thrilled with Chris’ casting. “We’ve got to put a stop to Chris Pratt,” one Twitter user commented.
“Is Chris Pratt planning on destroying ALL of our childhood memories or…?” someone else wondered. “Hollywood Does realise there are other actors beyond Chris Pratt, right?” one user said, referring to Chris’ continuous voice acting work. Many fans, however, defended Chris, noting his past voice acting skills and comedic background as reasons for his casting.
“It’s OK to be an action star, but as all my Parks & Rec fans know, this man genuinely thrives in comedy.” Look at this cat, Miss Molly, and tell me you don’t see Chris Pratt. Oh my god, that rhymed.” “You do remember Chris Pratt started his career as a VA right?” this fan said after several people blasted Chris for embracing parts normally performed by voice actors.
Chris has a lot of experience with voice acting. Before moving on to big films like 2014’s The Lego Movie and Disney/Onward, Pixar’s he worked on animated programmes like Ben 10 and The Batman. “Chris Pratt truly doesn’t deserve all this vitriol because he is voicing an animated character, when people have yet to hear how he would sound as Mario and Garfield,” this individual concluded.
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