Thanksgiving is a time for food, family, and gratitude… that you can escape it all by gluing yourself to the TV.
If football isn’t quite your thing, and you’d much rather geek out to some moving pictures accompanied by stellar voice acting, we’re with you. This is a site for escapists and animation nerds, after all. There won’t be much football on the TV here, either.
We’ve picked some of the best Thanksgiving cartoons, specials, and TV episodes. If you happen to see something airing during Turkey Day, go for it! You could even set up a mini-marathon out of these. It makes a great, family-friendly background to what might be a very awkward holiday.
The classic 1989 Thanksgiving cartoon stars Lorenzo Music as the big orange fuzzball himself, and chronicles his grumpy adventures as Jon tries to cook a Thanksgiving meal for Liz. Along the way, Garfield is briefly put on a diet. The horror!
It’s the kind of “comfort food” show that goes down great on Thanksgiving. Garfield hates Mondays and loves lasagna. No matter what else is going on, you can count on that. Garfield is your rock. Your moderately amusing rock.
By the way, that is indeed Lorenzo Music as Garfield. Despite popular belief, Bill Murray wasn’t the voice actor behind the cartoon cat until the very recent CGI movies.