Internet Reacts To Chris Pratt Being Tapped To Voice Garfield, Yet Another Iconic Italian Character (Sort Of)

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Chris Pratt’s empire of iconic Italian animated characters is growing.

Just a few weeks after it was announced that Pratt would be voicing Mario in an upcoming animated film based on the iconic Nintendo character, reports indicate that Pratt will also be voicing Garfield in a separate animated movie (that said, I’d pay to see a Mario/Garfield crossover right now).

Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson’s Alcon Entertainment is behind the new Garfield, which has been picked up for worldwide (excluding China) release by Sony Pictures. The script, written by Oscar nominee David Reynolds (Finding Nemo), is being directed by Mark Dindal (Chicken Little), with the duo having previously worked together on Disney’s The Emperor’s New Groove. [via The Hollywood Reporter]

Something about Pratt voicing these Italian characters (okay, Garfield isn’t technically Italian, but his love of lasagna makes him an honorary member of the culture) seems to strike a chord with the internet’s funny bone, though, as reactions to the news have been almost identical to when it was announced he’d be voicing Mario.

Personally, I think Pratt’s recent commitment to animated projects is quite brilliant: they require significantly less work than being an action hero but can also be just as financially successful if the franchise succeeds. Just look at the Hotel Transylvania series that Adam Sandler has been crushing for close to a decade: the FOURTH of those movies is set to come out next year. If done right, a successful animated franchise can rack in millions of dollars a year for its stars, so shout out to Pratt — now 42-years-old — for loading up on the potentially financially beneficial, low-effort roles. Get that bag.

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