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Tremendous deal for Garfield toon

The trend for reviving vintage toons continues with US producer-distributor Tremendous Entertainment's deal for international rights to the Garfield & Friends series, with plans for a 25th anniversary special.

Under the deal with cartoonist Jim Davis' company Paws Inc and Lee Mendelson Film Productions, co-owners of the animated property, Tremendous will relaunch the 121 half-hours of the toon, plus 12 stand-alone specials.

The deal also includes the production of Garfield's 25th Anniversary Special, due to kick off production in January 2003 and due for delivery in June 2003.

Garfield began life back in 1978 as a syndicated cartoon strip – the lazy moggie currently appears in some 2500 newspapers around the world. The TV series, produced by United Media Productions, aired on CBS in the US between 1988-1995.

The news comes soon after a deal to bring back another vintage cartoon strip feline: Heathcliff. Canadian animator Second Sun Entertainment and LA-based Pterodactyl/Kew Productions has teamed up to acquire the rights to adapt the pen-and-ink strip, which was created in 1973 by cartoonist George Gately.

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