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The Automated, Animated Adventure is an episode from the fourth season of Garfield and Friends.

Synopsis

When Jon wants to make a cartoon series about Garfield, an animator uses the opportunity to demonstrate new computer animation.

Plot

At the Arbuckle residence, Jon Arbuckle thinks of the idea of a cartoon show about a cat. He asks Garfield to model for him, but Garfield does various non-cat like things prompting Jon to go find a picture of a typical cat. Jon, Garfield and Odie go to Mr. Sprocket's Animation Studio to show Mr. Sprocket the idea. Mr. Sprocket expects the character to do extra ordinary things but when Jon tells him what the cat actually does, he tells Jon that children don't want to watch shows about cats. Mr. Sprocket offers to show Jon the animation studio. Jon thinks that they still draw before Mr. Sprocket reveals that they don't have artists anymore, only a computer. Jon asks if the cartoons are better but it is revealed that they're worse. Mr. Sprocket goes to the computer, where hands appear and drag Garfield into a glass case to digitize him.

He appears on a screen as a computer image. Mr. Sprocket decides to change Garfield's appearance but Jon and Odie don't like the alterations. Jon asks Mr. Sprocket to change Garfield back, much to Mr. Sprocket's annoyance. In a scenario, Garfield is shown with choppy, slow animation before Mr. Sprocket fixes it. Mr. Sprocket tells Jon that he will show him how to make Garfield more interesting. Garfield appears in space as "Space Feline", a futuristic cartoon about a cat saving the galaxy from martian marauders. He is shot at before he goes to his own giant laser which has no batteries. The laser is destroyed as Garfield starts to flee from the martians. Jon orders that Garfield be changed to another cartoon, which Mr. Sprocket heeds.

He changes Garfield to a scenario in the jungle, with Garfield as an explorer. After Jon realizes that Garfield is in a lost valley, Mr. Sprocket reveals that dinosaurs are in the scenario. Garfield flees, before Jon begs Mr. Sprocket to change it again. Mr. Sprocket suggests different cartoons before Jon tells him that he just wants a cartoon about a normal cat. The machine starts to break down as different scenarios play while Mr. Sprocket tries to stop it. The machine's arms pick up Mr. Sprocket and put him in the glass case. The machine eventually explodes with Garfield outside the computer. Jon decides to phone the police. When the police come, they can find no trace of Mr. Sprocket as Jon tries to tell him he has become a cartoon. A policeman tells Jon to go home as they will phone him if they find anything.

Jon complains that the police didn't believe him before realizing that the idea for the cartoon wasn't that great. As they walk past, two children are watching a cartoon from in front of a TV shop. They are bored at the cartoon as Mr. Sprocket is revealed to be in the cartoon as he runs from a dinosaur.

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Cultural References

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  • When Garfield is being reformatted into a new cartoon look, among the models used are the title character of Astro Boy and Bart Simpson from The Simpsons.
  • At one point, Mr. Sprocket proposes making "Baby Garfield" as part of "the newest trend in cartoon shows". This alludes to "baby/child versions" of classic characters, such as Muppet Babies (which was mentioned in a previous episode), Tom and Jerry Kids, and A Pup Named Scooby-Doo (which had been made around the time of the series).
    • Coincidentally, there is a line of merchandise featuring baby versions of Garfield.
  • Mr. Sprocket alludes to Hanna-Barbera cartoons such as Scooby-Doo and Jabberjaw
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