TJ TV - Heathcliff vs Garfield

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November 9, 2011 at 6:25 PM

While it's true that we've all seen Garfield's character before, the strength of the show - and the comic strip at the time - was its absurdist humor. It was a huge boost over normal neighborhood antics and allowed Garfield to retain his basic style against some pretty crazy stuff. Stuff that he also partook in within the comic, I might add. To be fair, the episode where they made all of those mistakes, or the one where Garfield gets into a comic book show and helps X-Men expys, was a bit too out there for the comic, but they were still way more funny and interesting than what Heathcliff offered, and a good balance against what we've seen before with normal Garfield.

November 9, 2011 at 7:08 PM

I agree with your choice. In the end I still like the comics more then the cartoon for Garfield and I always liked the Heathcliff cartoon more. Even though the back up cartoon always reminded me of Top Cat

November 9, 2011 at 7:17 PM

NOOOOOOOO!!!! Keep that Damn clown away from me!!!!!! Binky scared me more than the clown from the live action version of "It."

November 9, 2011 at 8:28 PM

The reason that the Heathcliff cartoon you reviewed didn't catch on with me was the other one you mentioned. I grew up with "Heathcliff & Marmaduke" (yes, they were pared together by ABC) so I already knew that cartoon and I kind of liked that version better back then. (Haven't seen it in years.) Garfield and Friends was more fun for me to watch because it felt more lively, but I did enjoy the Cadillac Cats segments.

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November 9, 2011 at 9:23 PM

I loved all the heathcliff and Garfield comics

November 10, 2011 at 12:54 AM

hey was one of those clips in the opening was from super cyber samurai squad ??

November 10, 2011 at 2:34 AM

Actually, Garfield did make several cameo appearances in the Orson's farm segments. They were however very rare.

November 10, 2011 at 3:50 AM

Nermal is male . . . My Entire childhood I thought Nermal was a girl who has a secret crush on Garfield and that's why she always came over to his house. Mind = Blown.

November 10, 2011 at 5:44 AM

I admit this was really different from your usual review, but not bad.
A couple of funny trivias you might enjoy, I'm from Italy and here the popularity situation is almost reversed. Heathcliff's stripes are published on Topolino - the magazine that publish everything related to Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck - which gave them a great visibility. Garfield on the other hand is published on Linus - a container magazine for tons of syndicate strips, including Peanuts and Doonesbury - problem is that Linus is aimed for more adult public and has very leftwinger point of view, cutting out a fair share of public to begin with.
Still Heathcliff's cartoon was aired in the 80s and never reappeared, while Garfield's got tons of reruns, especially after the live action adaptation (all with the orrible first intro, but the lyrics reworked).

PS: the problem with Nermal sex continued in translation, in the Italian version is voiced by a girl and Garfield consistently refer to Nermal as a "she"

November 10, 2011 at 8:59 AM

I barely remember either one of those cartoons, but I do remember I was having a blast with Heathcliff. The intro was catchy and I guess I dag the attitude. Well, I was 9-- I dug Sonic's attitude too.

Awesome "versus". I was happy to see the competing categories were suited to the material, instead of being stock.

November 10, 2011 at 9:38 AM

It's funny, I never saw the similarities between Heathcliff and Garfield until watching Versus. Glad Heathcliff won because I never was a fan of Garfield & Friends.

Can't wait to see what you choose for the next Verses. :)

November 10, 2011 at 12:40 PM

I also thought Raff was suppose to be HeathCliff on a bad hair day.

November 10, 2011 at 12:54 PM

3 things so far:1=I KNOW you where gonna put that scene of ultraman max in the intro
2=I put my money for garfield.
3=For the longest time as a kid i tough heathcliff was draw by bill watterson

November 10, 2011 at 1:07 PM

The Us acres camoes were rare, but they were connected. It turns out that us acres or orson's farm however you wanted to call it was originally designed much like nermal to actually be Arkbuckle farm with the animals being john's parents farm animals. The idea was carried for serval comics over years ,but much like nermal who was introduced as john's mothers kitten the idea was eventually dropped.

November 10, 2011 at 9:25 PM

You had to remind me of that dickish move Murray pulled... That was one time I called Bill Murray an asshole, and meant it from the bottom of my heart. Especially since Dave Coulier's Venkman never did it for me like Music's did.

November 11, 2011 at 1:06 AM

If I remember correctly Riff Raff was eventually revealed to be Heathcliff's cousin hence the resemblance. Remember those Garfield holiday specials? Lou Rawls did the intro song for all of them.

November 11, 2011 at 7:04 AM

You realize for your next Transformers review you'll have to do Transformers vs. Gobots now, right? ;)

November 11, 2011 at 10:37 AM

you should do power rangers vs vr troopers next time

November 12, 2011 at 9:58 AM

I really should fact check this because it's been a while, but I did read an interview Murray did(VIA Proton Charging I think) that said all he said was,"He sounds nothing like me." Meaning he had no intention of getting Larenzo fired.

November 12, 2011 at 9:07 PM

Kay no offense but this is like, what?, the sixth time you've used Carlos' death from NOES to justify bad music TJ. Just find somthing else to use, and thanx for giving the win to Heathcliff in my opinion it Donald Trumed Garfields ass!

November 15, 2011 at 8:09 AM

it could be a running gag not to have heacliff and riffraff meet, but meet in a few episodes, i dunno.

November 15, 2011 at 4:46 PM

Just for the record, the new Garfield show is awesome.

November 16, 2011 at 11:57 AM

I never liked Heathcliff much, as for Garfield, as hilarious the comic strip is, the show just didn't work. Garfield's strenght lies in short to-the-point stories, not 20-minute episodes. The movies sucked for the same reason.

November 17, 2011 at 6:04 AM

PR vs VR might be kind of weird, seeing as they were released by the exact same company. Maybe if PR was compared to SHSSS.

January 22, 2012 at 8:20 PM

I think I should bring up the one time that Garfield made a cameo in Orson's farm, the "Mystery Guest" episode. Also, I knew that John grew up on a farm, so when I was a kid in my head the US Acres cartoon took place on the farm he grew up on, and these were just the adventures of the animals when Doc Boy and the rest of John's family weren't looking.

February 12, 2012 at 12:14 AM

Garfield fan watched the other too but don't recall a single episode but I have fond memorie of Garfield! Especially the Christmas episodes!

February 1, 2013 at 3:29 PM

Where did the clip of TJ and Vegeta come from?

April 25, 2013 at 2:23 AM

youll hate to hear this but shuki levy was an executive producer of masked rider, but if yyou knew dont pay attention

May 22, 2013 at 10:21 PM

I havent see anyone say this before so, I'll d it. Shuki didnt do Power Rangrs, it was Ron Wasserman

January 17, 2019 at 12:59 PM

Two thumbs up

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