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"A Garfield Christmas Special" ORIGINAL 1987 VERSION ON HULU

Discussion in 'Platypus Comix' started by Bakertoons, Dec 26, 2014.

  1. Bakertoons

    Bakertoons One Sly Princess
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    "A Garfield Christmas Special" came out in 1987 on CBS. The special's production was behind schedule, with the studio having to work around the clock in order to finish it in time. The joke at the studio was that Phil Roman (producer and director) would have to film the last scene of himself flipping the drawings to the audio. The special did get finished in time, but barely.

    CBS was worried about it, because "nothing really happens" in it. It's about Garfield going to Jon's family's farm and spending the Christmas. Jim Davis responded "that's the point". He didn't want to do another special where a character has to save Christmas, or learn the true meaning of the holiday.

    In 1991, they revised the special, reanimating scenes, removing scenes and replacing with new sequence. This is what was released on VHS and DVD, and in subsequent reruns. However, something unusual happened when Hulu put it up:

    Watch A Garfield Christmas Online | Hulu

    Somehow Hulu got the original 1987 cut and put that up. Looking at the video, the special was remastered to HD from the original film masters. My guess is the 1987 version, as is, was what was edited directly onto film, while the 1991 revision was done on videotape. When they decided to go back to the film masters, they only had the 1987 cut to work with and decided to go with that.

    Whatever's the case, the original version is on Hulu in good picture quality (well, goodish. The color looks dull, but it's still sharp regardless)

    Anyway, enjoy!
     
  2. Peter Paltridge

    Peter Paltridge Knows about rock people
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    Whoa. I didn't even know there were two versions; the first time I watched this, or remember watching it, was in 1992.
     
  3. TenPoundHammer

    TenPoundHammer Wanna be on Wheel of Fortune

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    I remember that the book version had a couple lines that were different from the version I remember seeing as a child. Seems like there was one more "Whoever invented ___ should be drug out into the street and shot" line in the book that I don't ever remember seeing animated.
     
  4. Mesterius

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    "Looking at the video, the special was remastered to HD from the original film masters."

    Does anyone possibly have any screenshots/screencaps from the Hulu version that Bakertoons is talking about here? It would be interesting to compare the quality with the 1991 version.
     
  5. mimitchi33

    mimitchi33 Kyupikon!

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    This was two years ago, and it's not on there anymore. Please look at the date of threads you want to post in before deciding to bump them.
     
  6. Mesterius

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    I was completely aware of the date... but I still felt this was interesting enough to ask further about, considering the rareness of the original 1987 cut of A Garfield Christmas Special.

    And just because it's not on Hulu anymore doesn't necessarily mean no one out there has any screencaps from it. In fact, I asked about that part because I found out it was no longer up on Hulu. If I had come across a SVOD release of this special which looked like it was "remasted from the original film masters", I might very well have made a few screencaps from it myself. (Of course, it may just have been a decent-looking upscale from an NTSC video master...)
     
  7. Toon4Thought

    Toon4Thought Giving a slightly closer look.

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    I do remember the HD quality looking pretty darn good, all things considered, albeit the colors looked slightly odd.

    Personally, in terms of the scene where Grandma Arbuckle talks to Garfield about her husband, I prefer how the 1991 cut staged it (despite the animation obviously being cheaper).
     

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