The Name Game is an episode from the fifth season of Garfield and Friends.


Orson tells the story of Rumpelstiltskin to the chicks.


Orson is getting ready to go to sleep, only to be disturbed by Booker and Sheldon. He agrees and the one book he has yet to read to them is that of Rumpelstiltskin. They want him to include things like monsters and ninjas in it, and Orson gives in and tries to fit them in somewhere.

In the story, the miller and his daughter are turned into ninjas, and instead of making flour, they duel each other. The royal herald, now turned into a ninja, declares a proclamation in ninja talk. Orson changes him back to normal, and the herald declares that the king would like to see them if they have any good skills. Wade comes by and nitpicks about the changes. The chicks want them to be monsters now, much to Wade's dismay, compelling Orson to turn everything back to normal (although he turns the miller's daughter into a son at Wade's request).

The miller tells the king that his son can spin straw into the gold, and so the king orders his guards to bring the son to the castle and spin all the straw in the castle into gold. Roy comes in and sees the story. The miller's son laments over how he cannot spin straw into gold until he is met by a funny little man turned superhero. The superhero agrees to turn straw into gold if the son gives him his VCR, to which he agrees.

Booker and Sheldon get bored with the story and leave. The superhero agrees to let the son keep his VCR if he can guess his name. After many failed guesses, he only has one guess left, and a pizza delivery man has a pizza for a man named Rumpelstiltskin, who happens to be the superhero.

Roy takes over the story and causes a hurricane to appear before the son can guess. Wade inserts a rocket to save the son and his VCR. Roy gives Rumpelstiltskin a pack of trainer dinosaurs to attack the son. The two continue adding elements to the story, dueling over how it should go. Booker and Sheldon, in bed, listen to the argument and lament how the story turned out. Orson tries to ignore it as he goes to sleep.


Main characters

Minor characters

  • Herald
  • Gort/King
  • Wart/Knight
  • Mort/Knight
  • Bo/Pizza delivery guy
  • Dinosaurs


Cultural References

  • The slippers worn by Wade are based on Grimm the dog from Mother Goose and Grimm; the ears are excluded.

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