Rip Van Kitty is an episode from the second season of Garfield and Friends.


Garfield dreams that he sleeps for twenty years and Earth is invaded by aliens that look like him and eat everything.


Jon, Odie and Nermal are having a picnic at the park, while Garfield just wants to nap. When Odie and Nermal bother him, he deals with them in ways which irritate Jon. Jon then tells Garfield that he can snooze his life away if he wants to. Garfield, pleased that he has gotten his way, proceeds to nap and then awakens 20 years later in a retro-futuristic world.

Garfield is greeted by an elderly Jon, who takes Garfield to a space age house. Garfield is shocked at what the future holds, particularly with all food being processed into the form of pills. When Garfield turns on the TV (now wall-sized) television, he finds the Binky the Clown Show, where Binky the Clown is looking aged and past his prime. Garfield then changes the channel, where he finds a civil defense bulletin that Earth is under attack by Zizzabottawaddawaddaboinkboinkfreebians, who sleep 23 hours a day, then spend the remaining waking hour eating everything in sight.

The invaders turn out to be a race of beings who look identical to Garfield. As Jon, Garfield, and Odie lock themselves in a room to hide from the invaders, Jon calls Nermal over. When Garfield becomes aware that Nermal is still around, he gets intrigued at the thought of an aging, decrepit Nermal. However, he finds Nermal is still the same cute kitten as always. This proves too much for Garfield, who begs to be abducted, then asks future Jon to end the nightmare, only to be woken by a present-day Jon.

Garfield, relieved that it was all a dream, decides to join Jon and the others in the picnic. When Jon serves him a pill, Garfield believes his dream is becoming true. Garfield then runs away in terror. Jon wonders why Garfield is scared of a daily vitamin pill.


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Cultural References

  • The futuristic world in Garfield's dream resembles The Jetsons.
  • The title and concept of this episode is a reference to Rip van Winkle by Washington Irving.
  • When Garfield and Jon are flying through the futuristic world, a picture of the creators of Jim Davis and other Paws Inc. employees can be seen.


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