|Garfield Goes Hollywood|
|Created by||Jim Davis|
|Written by||Jim Davis|
|Directed by||Phil Roman|
|Theme music composer||Ed Bogas and Desirée Goyette (music and lyrics)|
Desirée Goyette, Lou Rawls, Lorenzo Music and Thom Huge (vocals)
|Country of origin||United States of America|
Mark R. Crookston
Timothy J. Borquez
|Running time||24 minutes|
|Production companies||Film Roman|
United Media Productions
|Original release||May 8, 1987|
|Preceded by||Garfield in Paradise|
|Followed by||A Garfield Christmas|
Garfield Goes Hollywood is a 1987 American animated television special based on the Garfield comic strip. It once again featured Lorenzo Music as the voice of Garfield. The special was first broadcast May 8, 1987 on CBS and was nominated for Outstanding Animated Program at the 39th Primetime Emmy Awards. It has been released on both VHS and DVD home video.
Garfield and Odie believe their dance routines (as performed atop a fence at night) cannot be beaten and so does Jon. They happen to be watching "Pet Search" (a pets' version of Star Search) when they come up with a great idea to go on the show after seeing a past winner. Jon is hoping to win the $1,000 prize, which Garfield is unimpressed with. They perform as an Elvis style trio called "Johnny Bop and the Two-Steps" (rather reluctantly, because they did not want Jon involved in their act, as they think he's awful at music). Garfield believes it is embarrassing because they all have to wear kitschy 1950's-era costumes.
Despite the silly act, they win the regional competition (after a dog that plays five instruments simultaneously is disqualified after Odie exposes him as just a man in a dog costume) and are able to compete at the national competition in Hollywood. They hit the road to Hollywood and arrive at their fancy Beverly Hills hotel. Garfield and Odie agree that their act is too mediocre to win first prize, so they destroy Jon's guitar when he is not looking, but he gets shocked upon seeing the mess. This allows Garfield and Odie to come up with a better act for the show.
Meanwhile the "Pet Search" finals are underway with a different host named Burt and an announcer named Bob. Bob tells Burt about the prizes the top winner will receive including $1,000,000 and the second place winner will receive a boat. While Jon, Garfield. and Odie watch the other competitors, Jon tells them that even though they were happy they won the first "Pet Search" contest, $1,000, made it to Hollywood, and would like to take the prizes for first place, he thinks that Garfield and Odie should lose the finals and return to their old lives as a prize of their own, but Garfield disagrees. Garfield and Odie compete in the finals as a tango dancing duo called "The Dancing Armandos," only to receive the boat for second place and lose the top prize package to an opera-singing cat. Angry over losing, Garfield destroys the set, but Jon assures him that they won the boat as a prize. The special ends back home where Garfield finally admits to Jon that it was all for the best that they are home again, as they are on their boat fantasizing about sailing to exotic locations worldwide, despite the fact that they live in a landlocked area and have to settle for sitting on it in the backyard.
- Lorenzo Music - Garfield
- Thom Huge - Jon Arbuckle
- Gregg Berger - Odie / TV Host / Bob / Grandma Fogerty
- Nino Tempo - Herbie
- Frank Welker - M.C.
- Desirée Goyette - Desirée the Classical Cat
- "They Love Us" performed by Lou Rawls
- "The Wizard of Love" performed by Thom Huge, Lorenzo Music and Desirée Goyette
- "Hollywood Feels So Good" performed by Lou Rawls
- "Desiree's Meow Solo" performed by Desirée Goyette
- Woolery, George W. (1989). Animated TV Specials: The Complete Directory to the First Twenty-Five Years, 1962-1987. Scarecrow Press. pp. 166–167. ISBN 0-8108-2198-2. Retrieved 27 March 2020.
- Terrace, Vincent (2013). Television Specials: 5,336 Entertainment Programs, 1936-2012 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. p. 162. ISBN 9780786474448.