The Real Reason Why Garfield Isn't Funny...

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  • Опубликовано: 29 авг 2018
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    There are generally three things everyone knows about Garfield- it’s all about a cat that hates Mondays, loves lasagna, and that it’s not really that funny. While the latter point may seem subjective, according to Garfield creator Jim Davis, the point of Garfield was never for the comic to be hilariously funny, but rather be relatable and, with that accomplished, serve as a vehicle to sell Garfield merchandise.
    Want the text version?: www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2018/08/when-a-marketer-invents-a-comic-the-story-of-garfield/
    Sources:
    www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/its-not-just-you-garfield-is-not-meant-to-be-funny-6199556/
    web.archive.org/web/20090214062806/archives.cnn.com/2000/fyi/student.bureau/10/24/jim.davis/
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    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Davis_(cartoonist)
    mentalfloss.com/article/83344/11-things-you-might-not-know-about-cartoonist-jim-davis
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gnorm_Gnat
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    ew.com/article/2014/11/04/garfield-creator-jim-davis/
    www.wired.com/2014/11/garfield-internet-cats/
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Комментарии • 1 524

  • Kayli Rose
    Kayli Rose День назад

    err... "By virtue of being a cat, really, he's not really male or female or any particular race or nationality, young or old"..
    This sentence bothers because it contradicts itself... he's not really male or female? HE is not male?
    Someone didn't quite think that through.

  • underballbutter
    underballbutter День назад

    I used to think Garfield was ok. Now I can't stand it.

  • Lanie Lakota Morrison
    Lanie Lakota Morrison День назад

    Who is this man? He’s very attractive.

  • Perception Management
    Perception Management 2 дня назад

    Well it worked on me. I love it. Even the cartoon, I watched religiously as a kid. My cat is named Garfield.

  • Jimmy Fortef
    Jimmy Fortef 2 дня назад

    I personally found Garfield hilarious as a kid

  • Cole Halford
    Cole Halford 3 дня назад +1

    Holy Cow

  • Ram Laska
    Ram Laska 3 дня назад

    You just shattered my childhood, Simon.

  • Jordan Leigh Wheatley
    Jordan Leigh Wheatley 5 дней назад

    I didn't know Garfield was from Indiana! I'm from Indiana. That's cool

  • TheOneCleanHippy
    TheOneCleanHippy 5 дней назад

    So Garfield is the exact opposite of Calvin and Hobbes. Bill Watterson cared about his comic as an art. Jim Davis cared about his comic as an income. If anyone wonders which is superior, I'd say it's the one who actually cares about his content.

  • Lark88
    Lark88 5 дней назад

    Garfield and Calvin and Hobbes are my top two favorite comics. Loved them as a kid. I also remember watching Garfield and Friends on Saturday mornings. Those were the days...

  • Richard Thomas
    Richard Thomas 6 дней назад

    in short: Garfield is the west's answer to Hello Kitty

  • Koen Dekoning
    Koen Dekoning 6 дней назад

    "Yeah well, that's just like, your opinion, man"

  • Clell Biggs
    Clell Biggs 7 дней назад

    I don't know, the way Garfield tortures Odie and Jon is pretty funny.

  • CrotchetyOldman
    CrotchetyOldman 8 дней назад

    I always thought Garfield was just pure satire.
    No?

  • theshep
    theshep 8 дней назад

    I had a good friend try to work with Paws Inc. as an intern, and as a result of that internship being unpaid, he turned it down... rightfully so I might add.

  • AwkwardVixen
    AwkwardVixen 8 дней назад

    havent watched the video yet but fuck you

  • teemusid
    teemusid 10 дней назад

    Garfield and Friends was great. Mark Evanier, writer for "Groo the Wanderer" comic books also wrote for the show.

  • cathy2000
    cathy2000 10 дней назад +1

    I don't like mondays

  • Scott Eggleston
    Scott Eggleston 11 дней назад

    I had that lunchbox when i was a kid!! Filled with crayons. Ah memories

  • Carlos Gallon
    Carlos Gallon 11 дней назад

    "I only recognized a holiday that everyone celebrates, like Christmas" - Jim Davis

  • R Nickerson
    R Nickerson 11 дней назад

    4:50
    Being a cat does not remove the idea of gender... especially with a masculine name, and an owner who refers to him with male pronouns.

  • sjoormen1
    sjoormen1 11 дней назад

    For me, without Lorenzo Muzic, Garfield wouldnt be Garfield.

  • Cygnus Prime
    Cygnus Prime 11 дней назад

    Davis is a goddamn genius I never knew this.

  • rudolph mantooth banksy
    rudolph mantooth banksy 11 дней назад

    Simon, turn down the gesticulations about 30%.

  • Chris Cunningham
    Chris Cunningham 11 дней назад

    “No one in this world, so far as I know - and I have searched the records for years, and employed agents to help me - has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people. Nor has anyone ever lost public office thereby.”
    H.L. Mencken

  • Julio Cesar Castillo Soni
    Julio Cesar Castillo Soni 12 дней назад

    I'm confuse with the title of the video, because you can argue that it isn't a smart comic buy I think it's funny, everyone wants to make money so I didn't really get the video that well

  • DeathbyPixels
    DeathbyPixels 12 дней назад

    Being as deep a hater as commercialism as I am, Davis did do a good job making money.


    But I very much prefer Calvin and Hobbes.

  • Marc Gràcia
    Marc Gràcia 12 дней назад

    Garfield is relatively funny, but... Peanuts? Always wondered if the joke was really on the readers trying to find it funny. Never understood its success.

  • machineofadream
    machineofadream 12 дней назад

    I thought it was amusing as a very young child. Haven't been a fan since I was about 10, though.

  • Jasper DiLincoln
    Jasper DiLincoln 12 дней назад

    Growing up as a kid in the late 80s and early 90s two cartoons I hated was The Adams Family and Garfield & Friends. But Garfield was very boring to me. I sat and watched it, because if I seemed bored my mother had household chores for me to do

  • Duke Nukem
    Duke Nukem 13 дней назад

    I wonder how many starving artists were actually really good but had no business sense

  • Ryben Flynn
    Ryben Flynn 13 дней назад

    Some of the comic strips are funny! At least I think so.

  • MikeAnthonyVEVO
    MikeAnthonyVEVO 13 дней назад

    nice plug

  • Dani de Janeiro
    Dani de Janeiro 13 дней назад

    You make it hard for me to teach my students that words are spoken interconnectedly and not in isolation .....when.....you.....read.....quotes......out.....like......this.

  • DankTendencies
    DankTendencies 14 дней назад

    I never really cared for the strip growing up... I was more of a fan of Fox Trot, Calvin and Hobbes, and Far Side. That being said, the old late 80s to mid 90s show, Garfield and Friends, was one of my absolute favorites as a kid.

  • Scott Anderson
    Scott Anderson 14 дней назад

    It’s like the kind of sitcom without any jokes in it.

  • Cassie Stoddard
    Cassie Stoddard 14 дней назад

    Is Garfield even going on ?

  • Mister Guy
    Mister Guy 15 дней назад

    But...Garfield appeared to be funny at first. Before it was focused 100% on Garfield doing his standard routine.

  • AshleenWoods
    AshleenWoods 15 дней назад

    Fact: Pres. Garfield was one of four assassinated US presidents. Also, President Lincoln's son, Robert, served as Secretary of War under Garfield, and was in New York when McKinley was assassinated. Robert was in the same city as three of the four assassinated presidents. For obvious reasons, he was not in Texas during Kennedy's assassination.
    The more you know.

  • Gecko o
    Gecko o 15 дней назад

    So that is why you can read the same jokes over and over.

  • Humberto Zapico
    Humberto Zapico 16 дней назад +2

    I use to love the cartoon in the mid 90s

  • Will G
    Will G 16 дней назад

    Garfield sucks, it's stupid, boring, annoying. Being a Garfield fan is a mark of stupidity and banality.

  • Max
    Max 16 дней назад

    ur fuckin wrong lol, garfield make my pp hard

  • WhatAWorld
    WhatAWorld 16 дней назад

    Garfield not funny? Fuck off!

  • Number Six
    Number Six 16 дней назад +1

    The Saturday morning cartoon could be clever at times.

  • JWGFoto
    JWGFoto 17 дней назад +2

    Any love for ODI? 1 like = one like.

  • AngeLife
    AngeLife 17 дней назад +1

    Why does this have to be explained? It’s blatant sarcasm bec that’s how cats seem - aloof and sarcastic of their goofy human keepers. Name a cartoon enterprise that wasn’t created to sell merchandise. Disney, anyone? Don’t go getting your heart broken over entertainment commercialism.

  • baylessnow
    baylessnow 17 дней назад

    I always thought Garfield was hilarious. Especially when he was voiced by Lorenzo Zoo aka "This is Carlton your doorman" from Rhoda. But then again, being from the UK I can see the humour in irony.

    • Agon Leed
      Agon Leed 17 дней назад

      Being black from racist south in America I guess also gave me insight into its humor

  • Paul Accuardi
    Paul Accuardi 17 дней назад +1

    "MERCHANDISING: where the real money is made" -Yogurt, Spaceballs.

  • Thanos Car
    Thanos Car 17 дней назад

    As you get older, Garfield gets less funny, and dilbert gets more funny.

  • george eskiadis
    george eskiadis 18 дней назад

    Garfield is like Mickey Mouse. Both are famous as merchendises. Not for their stories.

  • Westley Francis
    Westley Francis 18 дней назад

    I watched the Garfield cartoon as a kid in the 90s......I'll never forget the 1 episode . John, Garfield and odie went to the snowy mountains for a weekend get-away. when they got there John got out of the car and told them to get out and smell the air....He coughed heavily and asked the renting agent "what's wrong with the air" and the agent said "It's fresh sir"....still makes me smile thinking of it

  • Jarrad Scarborough
    Jarrad Scarborough 19 дней назад

    My dad still calls carrot cake "loophole cake"

  • Anthony Parker
    Anthony Parker 20 дней назад

    Okay, I'll agree that over time, the strips became less and less funny, but to just say as a blanket statement that he's not funny is not true. As a kid I had a pretty mature sense of what was funny and what wasn't and I thought a lot of Garfield strips were very funny. To emphasize my point, simply go out and read a bunch of early Garfield strips (from the first 3 books) and compare them to strips like Heathcliff, Marmaduke, Our gang, etc, and you will find that Garfield is funnier than the lot of them. Is it anywhere near as hilarious as the Far side or Calvin and Hobbes? No, but it's funnier than a lot of other strips. In fact, by the mid 80's new Garfield strips were a lot funnier than new Peanuts strips. So it's relative.

  • Steven Kent
    Steven Kent 20 дней назад

    how is Garfield not funny?

  • Brand X Productions
    Brand X Productions 21 день назад +1

    garfield was a punk bitch.... heathcliff was a real badass, he would beat up dogs and feral cats in the alley ways and always win the fish bones from the garbage can. they should bring back heathcliff.

  • Derick Chafton
    Derick Chafton 21 день назад

    All this machinery could be used to help feed cloth and house everyone. But instead they are used to make junk mostly. FK Garden merchandise

  • Cydonia2020
    Cydonia2020 23 дня назад

    It’s hilarious as hell. I laughed a solid ten minutes at one of the Sunday issues. Not all are winners, but some are pretty cute-certainly lightyears funnier than Marmaduke or Heathcliff.

  • Jeffery Jones
    Jeffery Jones 26 дней назад

    Check out Quinton Reviews video on Garfield.

  • Johnathan Clayborn
    Johnathan Clayborn 26 дней назад

    Davis is the most successful comic creator in history? I would argue that such a statement depends on how you define "comic". If you mean "cartoons" run in a newspaper strip, then sure. But more broadly, I think that title might belong to the late Stan Lee.

  • Matias Villagra
    Matias Villagra 26 дней назад

    I like Garfield, I grew up with reruns of the animated series, and without Garfield we wouldn't have Lasagna Cat.

  • Emilio Chavez
    Emilio Chavez 27 дней назад

    Garfield is funny as hell dude Jim Davis is a fucking legend.

  • DoomRater
    DoomRater 27 дней назад

    Duh huh huh, hah hah hah.
    "Why are you laughing Pablo?"
    It's not funny.

  • Danny D
    Danny D 28 дней назад

    Hang yourself.

  • Ibraheem Productions
    Ibraheem Productions 28 дней назад

    I didn't know it had a comic.

  • BessieRiggs
    BessieRiggs 28 дней назад

    Garfield became less funny as the comic got older. The original Garfield was a riot.

  • Joshua Hunt
    Joshua Hunt 29 дней назад

    Sometimes I mix up this channel with Vsauce when looking at the small thumbnails but I'm happy either way.

  • Nathaniel Jordon
    Nathaniel Jordon 29 дней назад

    0:31 if you wanna skip that Audible crap

  • Owen Polley
    Owen Polley 29 дней назад

    This is kinda sad. Just sitting there going "yeah, I know it sucks,. I wasn't even trying. Sold though didn't it?"

  • ivanoffw
    ivanoffw 29 дней назад

    I guess that Roiland was right with his "Gazorpazorpfield" episode.

  • David Zachmeyer
    David Zachmeyer 29 дней назад

    Garfield maybe milquetoast, but I've gotten a few chuckles from the strip over the years. Whereas in 40 some years I have yet to read a Family Circus that has elicited so much as a smile. I've gotten more laughs reading the obituaries.

  • Chris Kirby
    Chris Kirby Месяц назад

    I wonder if Garfield was in papers in Abu Dhabi; if so, did he mail Nermal to America?

  • Mister Turk Turkle
    Mister Turk Turkle Месяц назад +1

    *ARE YOU DRUNK? GARFIELD IS HILLARIOUS*

  • Spanoza
    Spanoza Месяц назад

    I don't get it! I loved garlfield when I was a child, the comics were cool and angsty. I mean, calvin and hobbes wasn't hilarious, but it was wholesome and relatable

  • polymerizedrecords
    polymerizedrecords Месяц назад

    Props to him for having such massive success, but this video explains why I never found Garfield to be funny. I always found the strip a bit... Souless.

  • Tobi Uchiha
    Tobi Uchiha Месяц назад

    I would love to see Bill Watterson and Jim Davis stuck in the same room together. They are such polar opposites I doubt they would be able to tolerate the other's presence for no longer than a minute XD.

  • Jacob Komnath
    Jacob Komnath Месяц назад

    i love mondays because its my friday

  • Comrade Jason
    Comrade Jason Месяц назад

    Simon Whistler becomes more sexy as he ages.

  • Euoi Saboi
    Euoi Saboi Месяц назад

    Today i found out this channel to be boring and not funny.

  • cookieDaXapper
    cookieDaXapper Месяц назад

    ......i always preferred Heathcliff.

  • sirkreuab
    sirkreuab Месяц назад

    Calvin and Hobbes will never be forgotten it may be the best newspaper comic ever
    Few writers can touch upon the wonder and infinite splendor of the universe the joy of a simple moment and the basic pain and suffering that pervades human existence al in 3 panels

  • lowell houser
    lowell houser Месяц назад

    Garfield was hilarious. In the 80's. It hasn't been the 80's in a while.

  • BadgerBadger Badger
    BadgerBadger Badger Месяц назад

    I rarely thumb down a vid, especially one as well made as this one but at 12:13 I was done with the sad, very sad appeal for money for the sponsor. Any sponsor worth having will not try to take up that much of your video. And no, putting at the end doesn't make it better.

  • Max KopfraumPoops
    Max KopfraumPoops Месяц назад

    I am not sure. Is this Michael from VSauce or not?

  • Loki the Cat
    Loki the Cat Месяц назад

    15 minutes and no mention of garfieldminusgarfield.net/ ?

  • Ferdinand Zebua
    Ferdinand Zebua Месяц назад

    This isn't the reasons Garfield isn't funny, these are the reasons Garfield is so marketable.
    And I find Garfield funny.

  • etherraichu
    etherraichu Месяц назад

    And then there was That One Story. You know the one. The one that was so completely out of place. The one which was pretty damn dark too. It came out of nowhere, happened, an was never mentioned again. For some reason I think that actually helped a lot.

  • Bob Bobbington
    Bob Bobbington Месяц назад

    I'm glad Jon finally gets to date his crush.

  • Chaotic Rabbi
    Chaotic Rabbi Месяц назад

    i would say that my favorite comic is dilbert... wally def connected to me on a spiritual level

  • Jc Dock
    Jc Dock Месяц назад

    I would love mondays too if my product was grossing $1b/yr

  • StoneTitan
    StoneTitan Месяц назад

    Hmm... 4:48 not male or female?
    I'd be surprised if there's no place it's stated if he/she is m or f.
    However he wouldn't be a man nor a woman thats for sure. Youung or old could also be shown.

  • Roland Lee
    Roland Lee Месяц назад

    Gazorpazorpfield is better.

  • Cult of Ape
    Cult of Ape Месяц назад

    it´s funny b-e-c-a-u-s-e it´s relatable...

  • Aaron Williams
    Aaron Williams Месяц назад

    But it iiiisss funny!!!! My personal favorite and up yers if ya think its not😂🤣🤣🤣

  • AMPStorm
    AMPStorm Месяц назад

    Sounds like how dumbed down Call of Duty is.

  • The Sero
    The Sero Месяц назад

    Honestly, the whole "created to be generic and marketable" thing was making me a bit hrmph towards davis, but then the garfield minus garfield reaction takes a lot of that back.

  • Karkarov
    Karkarov Месяц назад

    You realize not being made with humor as the top priority doesn't mean humor wasn't still considered important? Also yes, "Garfield isn't funny" is absolutely an opinion and highly subjective. So why is Garfield not funny? I don't know, I always thought he was.

  • Mr. Spock
    Mr. Spock Месяц назад

    GARFIELD =HOFer....
    You sir....are a moron

  • Devin Crawford
    Devin Crawford Месяц назад

    Is this a loss meme?