A Garfield Christmas is the warmest/fuzziest of the three specials. I do not mean that to sound facetious, it does have its touching moments both with Garfield comforting Grandma and Garfield and Odie actually getting along for a change.
It does start off on a misfire with Jon’s song as they are driving towards his mother’s house. It is a prime example of original music in a Christmas special falling on its face, which is why sometimes Carols work better. What’s worse is that the music insists on staying in this special. However, to its credit the music is not the downfall of this story.
It is a fun little jaunt, I can’t say it’s the best of the Garfield holiday specials, but it is definitely a worthy addition to the trilogy.
This story opens in a dream that’s is quite funny and the transformation Garfield has from greedy glutton to understanding the true meaning of the holiday is gradual and rather invisible which is refreshing.