» » A Garfield Christmas Special (1987)

Short summary

Garfield, Jon, and Odie go to Jon's grandmother's house for Christmas, where Garfield finds a present for Grandma.

The voice of "Doc Boy" was voiced by David L Lander, who also played Squiggy in the sitcom Laverne and Shirley.

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    • Author: melody of you
    I recently saw this film after many years, and it reminded me of what Christmas should really mean. The holiday should not be about receiving or giving gifts, but the love that one person, or creature can give to another. This is one holiday special that needs to be shown on television more over the Christmas holiday season. Seeing Garfield and Odie, and Jon at Christmas with his parents was just what any person needs over the fast holiday season. With the rush of Christmas, and all the new "specials" coming on TV and video, this is one that is really a special, that everyone should watch. This is one special that deserves the 10 out of 10 vote of excellent.
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    • Author: Via

    Now Someone keeps reporting my reviews. I guess they are jealous because I do tell the truth. I want to point out that I never make snide remarks about actors weight or real life sexual orientation. If there acting is terrible or limited "I talk about that". If a story is bad "I will mention that" So why am I being "picked on"? IMDB? When one of my reviews gets deleted IMDB will not even tell me what someone found offensive. Well on to this review

    This "Christmas Special" is very funny. It was a little easy to see how the animated special most likely inspired "The Simpsons" In a dream, Garfield is awakened by his owner Jon dressed as an elf, who feeds him a large amount of lasagna before giving him his gift, a robotic Santa Claus which reads minds and produces whatever Garfield wants. When Jon actually wakes up Garfield, he tells him that it is "Christmas Eve morning" and they and Odie are going to the countryside to celebrate Christmas with Jon's family on their farm. Garfield is annoyed that they always go to the farm and the family never comes to Jon's house. During his drive to his family's farm, Jon talks about Christmases he had when he was a boy, with his parents, brother Doc Boy, and Grandma, while Garfield listens with great cynicism

    This is a very funny special. You can watch it again and again and laugh just as hard on repeated viewings.

    Hard to find but worth the search!
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    • Author: Clever
    Hey Everyone, Just like all of you, I love Garfield's Christmas! I watch it almost every year, and make the attempt to watch it every Christmas. I never get tired of it. I give it a 10/10! But I have a question, that maybe someone can help me out with.

    When Garfield is in Grandma's lap, eventually there is a song that is sung. The woman that sings this has a beautiful voice. From doing some searching, I think her name might be Desirée Goyette....not sure.

    Can confirm for me that this is the singer of that song? More importantly, what is the title of that song. I have tried so hard to get the lyrics, and have failed. I want the full lyrics so bad! The song goes something like this: "Christmas is here, sleigh bells and laughter. Lights on the tree, everybody is home. And all through the house candles glow.... Keep Christmas your heart!" I love that song, and I have too get the full lyrics.

    Can anyone help? Thanks!
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    • Author: Saithinin
    Is it just me or do the Garfield TV specials seem to have a real emotional touch to them that gives the whole series higher integrity than the average children's animation. If only the movie were this good.

    It's Xmas time once again and Jon takes Garfield and Odie back home to the farm for a good, old-fashioned country Xmas. Originally against the idea, Garfield quickly becomes accustomed when he remembers how much he likes Grandma. John and brother Doc-Boy behave like kids again and can barely contain their excitement at the forthcoming prezzies (who can?) and what on earth is Odie up to in the barn?

    The Garfield Christmas Special is a warm, sentimental and meaningful cartoon with great songs (once again) and the kind of everlasting charm most would kill for. Highly recommended!
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    • Author: Dakora
    This is definitely a yearly ritual. It has got to be one of my favorite Christmas specials of all time. I think the best part is that Garfield shows his soft side here. This is shown when Garfield sits in Grandma's lap and she tells him about how she misses her husband. Also, when Garfield gives Odie a hug at the end. There's nothing like a good old fashioned Christmas on the farm.
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    • Author: Nikohn
    Jon Arbuckle takes Odie and Garfield to his family's farm home for Christmas. Jon's excited, but Garfield wasn't as he prefers to have his Christmas back home.

    Jon is welcomed by his whole family, his parents, his farm hand brother: "Doc Boy", and his Rowdy Grandmother.

    Tis the Season, and Garfield thinks the whole holiday is all about the gifts. But after this holiday Garfield will learn that there's more to Christmas than the gifts themselves.

    This one is very simple, but very well written. It may take place in one location, but it does have the usual jokes to keep things going. And it's a holiday treat for the die-hard Garfield fans. Or those who like holiday toons.
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    • Author: Samardenob
    Garfield's Christmas is one of my family's favorite holiday traditions. We just love watching Garfield, Odie, and Jon team up with Jon's Family, especially Grandma, for some good old family Christmas time together.

    Odie shows us that its not the gift we get, its the thought and effort put into it. As Garfield tells us, its not the getting, its not the getting, its the loving. And Grandma's memories scene is probably one of the most touching and heart-warming scenes I've seen in any presentation, animated or live-action.

    Be sure to share this with your family and enjoy all that it has to offer.
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    • Author: Aver
    If anybody even likes Garfield remotely then they will love this movie, it's funny, heartwarming, and original in one. To begin with I must say that the two best cartoons in my opinion are Charles Schulz' Peanuts and Jim Davis' Garfield. Plot summary: Garfield, Jon, and Odie go to the farm to visit their relatives (e.g. Mom, Dad, Grandma, Doc Boy). Garfield is, like always, pessimistic and hilarious, Jon is as usual optimistic and still in his bunny slippers, and Odie is his sweet old self. The basic things that happen in the movie is that the family puts up the tree, has their little Christmas traditions, and Garfield finds the true meaning of Christmas. Along the way is "Garfield-packed fun" with a funny and sweet way of interperating life.

    This is your basic Garfield, wisecracks about everything and everyone that seem to reach the truth in life like, if I may quote from the movie "Why do we always put the stupid star on last? Why don't we put the star on first and then put the tree up?", and this is replied with "Well it just wouldn't be Christmas if we put the star on the tree first, honey." To me that's what we all have to laugh at. To sum it up this is a good movie for anyone (unless you don't like Garfield) and it will make you want to watch it again and again. The is the first time I've given a rating in my report, but for a cartoon movie this is ******** out of 10.
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    • Author: Binar
    This is why Garfield is a awesome show.

    I remember watching A Garfield Christmas with my brothers and mom and dad all the time.

    I always love Christmas movies and shows and this one is one of my all-time favorites.

    I love Christmas!!!

    My favorite parts were When Garfield try to put the star on top of The Christmas and come crashing down, When Garfield And Odie gave each other a hug and the family started to sing, when Jon's Grandma was telling Garfield stories about Christmas, and when Jon's Dad read the Brinky: The Clown who save Christmas and was told to say "HEY KIDS"

    A wonderful Christmas for the whole family Check It Out!

    Merry Christmas!!
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    • Author: The_NiGGa
    This is a Christmas family classic. I remember looking forward to Garfield every year around Christmas when I was a little kid. The show made our family come together with warm laughter and good spirits.

    Seriously, who doesn't like Garfield? Mr. Davis, thank you for all those great years of the Garfield specials. The Christmas special in- particular. I loved this episode so much.

    As one of millions of viewers, we all know Garfield is fun for the whole family, and can bring classic humor to our hearts. I mean it really. Who doesn't like Garfield? There is only one question that many others have wondered as well. Why do they call John's brother Doc-Boy in the Christmas special?
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    • Author: FEISKO
    Garfield, that loveable fat lazy cat. One of my favourite characters from childhood. I used to get Garfield vids from my local rental store and watch them over and over. All of them seemed amazing at the time but the Christmas special was always my favourite. Now, almost twenty years later the cartoon still receives regular plays in my home. The plot is simple Garfield, Odie and Jon spend a family Christmas in the farm home that Jon grew up in. The songs are great, it's funny, sweet and ultimately moving. It manages to avoid the sentimentality that usually crops up in Christmas specials just by having Garfield constantly undercutting the feel-good nature with cynicism. Show this to the children in your life. It really is magical in a way that all the Disney animations could never be - because it has heart.
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    • Author: Bundis
    This movie is great. We taped a long time ago when I was just a kid and my family and I have watched it every year consistently. It has never gotten old to us-it still makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, but still laughing at the same time. A must watch!!! :)
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    • Author: Kirinaya
    America's favorite fat cat return to television in this Christmas special. Garfield, Jon and Odie return to Jon's family farm for the holdiays. Garfield fins a friend in Jon's recently widowed grandmother. The rest of the family acts just like Jon.

    The thing that seperates this from most of the Garfield specials is the touching scene (SEMI-SPOILER) There is a scene where Garfield is sitting on Grandma's lap, while Grandma is choking back tears due to all the happy memories that she shared with her late husband. Hard to choke back tears yourself!
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    • Author: Melipra
    Have always had a big soft spot for Garfield as both a child and young adult, who is in a way a child at heart but with a significantly broader knowledge of film and television. He is such a funny and lovable character and his specials and 'Garfield and Friends' are every bit as good, and perhaps even better, now. Am not as much a fan of the 2000s show, and while to me the live action films are not that bad (the second especially, actually being a huge improvement) they are still nowhere near close to being as good and will never go down as classics.

    When it comes to the Garfield specials, 'A Garfield Christmas Special' is my personal favourite and always has been. Also among the best Christmas specials ever made from personal opinion, mainly in animation but also otherwise. High praise indeed coming from such a big fan of animation and Christmas for practically my whole life, and there are so many classic examples of Christmas portrayed in animation too numerous to list. It is so lovely to see so many others who are also as fond of Garfield and 'A Garfield Christmas Special' as me.

    The animation is still as colourful as remembered with the smooth drawing, far from sparse backgrounds and attention to detail holding up really well. The music is playful and never placed questionably. The songs are upbeat, have emotional impact and above all they're memorable. "Can't Wait Till Christmas" is my favourite. Not a dud in the lot and that has not been said a lot, there are other personal favourites featuring songs (either musicals or song heavy) that still have a song that doesn't quite do it for me.

    Entertainment value is constant, with extremely funny wry and witty humour peppered throughout. Very few animation characters make or have made asides as hilarious and as endearing as Garfield does. Yet there is also an emotional impact that is genuinely moving and not schmaltzy, underneath all the fun there is also a big warm heart. Also constant is the charm. The story is slight but not simplistic and it doesn't try to do too much and it becomes cluttered and muddled (two things that 'A Garfield Christmas Special' never becomes), and the sprightly pace keeps things continually compelling.

    Garfield never stops being funny and lovable and who can't help love adorable Odie? The voice acting is on point, Lorenzo Music owned Garfield and no voice actor since him voiced him better or as well, that is including the multi-talented Frank Welker.

    In conclusion, wonderful. Christmas is not the same without this. 10/10 Bethany Cox
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    • Author: Jan
    After Jon wakes Garfield up from an amazing dream, Jon takes Garfield & Odie to his grandmothers's to spend Christmas Eve & Christmas day together. Garfield becomes very close with Jon's Mom, and learns about the true meaning of Christmas

    I have seen this many times over the years. The last time I watched this was back in 2002. It's been a long time since I have seen this. I was a Garfield fanatic as a kid. For some reason this has slipped my mind on Christmas for quite a few years. Well, two days after Christmas, I decided to revisit this. It's safe to say this still has the same effect on me as it did all those years ago. The opening sequence of Garfield's elaborate dream is fantastic. It's everyone's dream to get the gift that keeps on giving, but that's not what Christmas is about. I feel this does a terrific job of explaining the true meaning of Christmas in the most genuine way possible. Christmas is about spending time with the ones you love. As far as I know, this is the only time we see Jon's real family. Correct me if i'm wrong on this, though. They are all cool characters, but Grandma is by far the coolest. She is succinct and straight forward, just the way I like it. She made me laugh with her antics, and I loved her relationship with Garfield. They were like two peas in a pod. We also get an epic Garfield & Jon duet, with Garfield improvising like only he can. it gets extremely sentimental towards the end, and I loved it. It's Odie that steals the show with his surprise gift for Garfield. If you don't like it, you may need psychological help. If you wanna see Garfield act caring and amorous, this will be right down your alley. The final 10 minutes will blow you away with how well it's done. Even if you're not a fan of Garfield, you'll most likely love this. I don't see how anyone could dislike this. I rarely use the word perfect, but this is about as close to 30 minutes of perfection that you'll see. I will now go back to my tradition, and make this one of my annual Christmas line-up. It makes me realize that Christmas really is a special holiday

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    • Author: Jerinovir
    To me what makes Christmas the most enjoyable is to spend it with your family, the people that are closest to you and love; to me that sums up what it's true meaning (or one of them) for me is about togetherness. This is another film based on the Christmas holiday that I enjoy, one of my personal favorites for Christmas and another relic from my childhood that to this day as an adult I still enjoy.

    Not a whole lot I can say, this animation is great at least by the standards of the comic strip it's based on but I wouldn't have it any other way. The music is good and fun, it's not quite as memorable in my book not a lot of songs stick out to me, except for the song "Christmas is here" which I thought was touching.

    But as usual with Garfield what drives it are the characters and their all great in their own way. Garfield, Odie, and Jon are still well them. Jons family whom were new characters never in the strip except till after this special didn't disappoint they all were fun characters in their own way and have a good line or two. However the one supporting character that really stands out and steels the show is Grandma, she is just hilarious and awesome. Her character has so much energy, crackling sarcasm, feistyness, but also some genuine emotion.

    The humor is great as usual there are a lot of great moments. I like both the verbal and visual humor with Garfield and even Grandma. Two of my favorite moments with Garfield was that dream sequence with the Santa machine which I think is really cool and I wanted one because whatever you want all you have to do is think it up and it will give it to you without pay; if I want an "X-Box One" it will give it to me by just mere thought. Yeah I know this machine would not be possible (except may'be in the Star Trek franchise with it's replicator technology)but it's still a fun thought.

    And of course there was the infamous death defying climb to put the star on top of the tree. I know it was a small moment, but it's funny because we kinda can emphasize with this. Even though the star is the best part of the tree, putting it up can be a real pain(that is if you don't have a step ladder) letting alone trying to get the darn thing to balance on that top.

    And there were two moment with Grandma that stuck out, one where she showed irritation toward Doc Boy and hits him with a punch spoon, it's a small moment it's just I really liked that look because that's the kind of look I have when I lose my patience and on a side note I hate being patient.

    To me the best moment with her and the film, was a really touching and sad scene when she tells the story of Grandpa to Garfield. I'll admit that scene always put tears in my eyes and kinda now hits a little to close to home since my grandparents passed on.

    The film though has a good message which Garfield basically sums up, "It's not the getting, it's not the giving, it's the loving." Those words ring true to this day.

    Rating: 4 stars
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    • Author: Lonesome Orange Kid
    As a fan of Garfield and a fan of Christmas specials I think that this is a great one that everyone should watch and enjoy sometime. Garfield points out that greatest part of Christmas (and it isn't the giving or the getting) and I think that anyone would enjoy it. The style is very simplistic and parts of it are quirky, but that adds to the overall charm of the special. I don't see why anyone wouldn't enjoy this as it has great aspects not typically seen of television Christmas specials anymore. I wish that one of the major networks would buy the rights to it so we could see it over and over again every time this year. But until then, I hope that you find some way of enjoy this special which should be a bigger hit and more memorable classic.
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    • Author: August
    Before the advent of atrocious CGI, there were 2D animated Garfield cartoons. And they were awesome. Garfield's pessimistic and tired tone is somehow perfect for the Christmas season. It was great that they tried something that captures your average family Christmas, rather than trying to force characters into another adaptation of A Christmas Carol (as much as I do love that). Jon returns to his family farm for some simply sweet offerings of tradition. The mom cooks, and in one particularly humorous scene the dad is forced to read a children's Christmas story to his now grown sons. We also see Odie trying his hardest to make a gift for Garfield, and grandmother reminiscing about her deceased husband, in a heartfelt scene which never becomes schmaltzy. It does a lot in its 23 minutes, and is everything Christmas should be.
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    • Author: Foginn
    Sweet, enjoyable seasonal special in which the cranky orange tabby finds himself rudely awakened from a much too pleasurable dream, by owner Jon who informs him that it's time to go to the family homestead for the holidays. Garfield, of course, is having none of this at first, remaining true to his usual personality, but soon comes around to seeing things in a different light.

    An excellent voice cast is great fun, with Lorenzo Music in fine form as Garfield. Pat Harrington Jr. is priceless as Dad, as is David L. Lander as Doc Boy. But the true standout is Pat Carroll as Grandma. Grandma ends up stealing the whole show, in some of the comedic moments and most of the dramatic ones. When she mourns the loss of her husband, and when Garfield comes across the perfect present to give to her, it's touching. Grandma's funny moments have her whacking Doc Boy with a spoon when he goes overboard saying Grace at the dinner table, pounding away at the piano like she's Jerry Lee Lewis, and surreptitiously adding chili powder to Mom's sausage gravy. When ever lovable Odie presents Garfield with a useful present, the cat is visibly moved, and he agrees that Christmas should never focus so much on the gift getting / receiving process but the loving.

    Other hilarious aspects include seeing Dad with the ridiculous over sized hat on his head, or when he's roped into yet another reading of "Binky, the Clown Who Saved Christmas" and Jon and Doc Boy insist he recite a line the way Binky would say it, or when the two of them wake him at 1:30 in the morning, insisting that any time after midnight is technically Christmas morning. Catchy songs, as usual, help a good deal.

    As an almost life long fan of the strip and the specials, this viewer can tell you that it's always a treat to see these characters brought to life and visit them any time, not just during the various holidays.

    Eight out of 10.
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    • Author: Cezel
    Good natured holiday fun with Garfield and Odie going along with owner John to his family Christmas dinner at the farmhouse of the parents and grandma, with his only brother attending as well. I used to grow up with this cartoon on Saturdays as a child when it came on CBS and have fond memories. I hadn't even thought of this Christmas special until reading a fellow user comment by an Internet friend from Canada which inspired me to seek it out. I'm glad I did. It opens with Garfield dreaming of John bestowing upon him several trays of lasagna along with a magical chair which reads what you so desire and gives it to you. Obviously grouchy because it was a dream, Garfield isn't too keen on having to wake up and visit John's folks but soon finds that there's more to Christmas than mere material things. Among the festivities, Grandma breaks loose on the piano, secretly pours chili sauce in her daughter-in-law's sausage stew, and feeds her portion of the dinner to an appreciative(and full)Garfield and Odie under the table. Meanwhile, as if they were little kids again, John and his brother demand papa let them open presents at 1:30 in the morning and read to them a story. Most endearing are memories Grandma shares with Garfield about her late husband..Garfield finds some old letters Grandma and her late husband shared and delivers them to her which couldn't be a more wonderful present. Sure the show is sentimental and old fashioned, but it doesn't go overboard. It sure was a nice way to spend 23 minutes; and this family seems pretty genteel and genuine, rather blue collar and wonderfully rural. A good trip back in time for me to when I was a kid. As always wonderful voice work from Lorenzo Music as Garfield.
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    • Author: Clandratha
    Garfield is one of the best cartoon characters of all time. So quite naturally his Christmas special is one of the best Christmas cartoons of all time.

    Jon, Odie, and Garfield all go to the farm to spend time with Jon's family. Once there they all get to enjoy the magic of Christmas with each other, decorating the tree, reading Christmas stories, and just being with each other.

    As funny as this cartoon is, what made it stand out to me was the sentimental elements. Garfield spends a lot of time with Grandma when she is sad as Christmas is the time where she misses her husband the most. That goes to show that Garfield does in fact have feelings for others although most of the time he seems kind of as only caring for himself.

    It is a great cartoon. Funny, sentimental, and entertaining. Highly recommended.
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    • Author: Morad
    In my opinion, this is an excellent holiday special which is very entertaining and appetizing. However, I couldn't bear seeing Grandma (voice of Pat Carroll) sitting by herself on Christmas Eve. In addition, the thing that really makes this special worth watching is the music, especially "Christmas Is Here" and "An Old-Fashioned Christmas." When those songs are performed, I always get warm and tingly. I would have to say that's my favorite song of this special. If you ask me, Jim Davis is a really good artist. In conclusion, I highly recommend this excellent holiday special which is very entertaining and appetizing to everyone, especially all you fans of the comic strip who have not seen it. When you see it, prepare to smile, have a good time, and bon appetit.
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    • Author: Zulurr
    The 'Garfield Christmas Special' is another one of those films from my childhood that were much enjoyed and much appreciated. As usual, 'Garfield' brings in some humor followed by some lessons on how to be a good boy. In this film, Garfield goes with Jon to the country to spend Christmas with Grandma. One of the events is Garfield getting a gift for Grandma and learning the true spirit of Christmas.

    As always, 'Garfield' is enjoyable and educational for children. There is plenty of humor so the film does not 'talk down' the meaning of Christmas. Rather, it makes it enjoyable and makes it understood through emotion. I miss these old Christmas specials. I wish they would show them again.
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    • Author: Xcorn
    [I can't be certain, but parts of this review might be considered a spoiler (Brief descriptions of a scene, nothing detailed). Just letting you know ahead of time.]

    What else can be said? This is a wonderful Christmas classic (I consider it a "classic" even though it was made in the late 80s), one of what I consider the four "must-see" Christmas classics (The other three being "Frosty", "Rudolph" and "Charlie Brown Christmas") worth watching every year. You'll laugh, you'll cry (Or almost cry), you'll feel warm in your heart after viewing this wonderful Garfield Christmas episode.

    My one and only complaint...sometime during the mid 90s, for no reason whatsoever, portions of the best part of the entire show, the part with Garfield in Grandma's lap, was re-animated. The dialog and audio track is the same, but some of the scene was redrawn with different angles, different character views, and there is even a closeup shot on family pictures is shown. Yes, these may seem to better emphasize the mood of that scene, but in my opinion the scene was fine the way it was, and I hope to someday see the original, unedited version.

    But, these are just small details, one minor annoyance that doesn't, and shouldn't, affect the overall enjoyment of this heartwarming Christmas classic. Whether it's the original unedited version, the version missing the "piano scene" (Which I actually have never seen, just heard about), or the version with the edited Grandma/Garfield scene, it is almost certain that you will love this show.
  • Complete credited cast:
    Lorenzo Music Lorenzo Music - Garfield (voice)
    Thom Huge Thom Huge - Jon Arbuckle (voice)
    Gregg Berger Gregg Berger - Odie (voice)
    Pat Carroll Pat Carroll - Grandma (voice)
    Pat Harrington Jr. Pat Harrington Jr. - Dad (voice) (as Pat Harrington)
    David L. Lander David L. Lander - Doc Boy (voice) (as David Lander)
    Julie Payne Julie Payne - Mom (voice)
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