Family Guy—it’s the funniest, most original cartoon on television, after South Park, The Simpsons, Aqua Something You Know Whatever (formerly Aqua Teen Hunger Force), all other Adult Swim original programming, Bob’s Burgers, King of the Hill reruns, and Looney Tunes reruns. And, yes, it will inevitably get its own feature film, which is something Seth MacFarlane would like you to know, as well as how it will be different from The Simpsons film. He also details what he felt was the major mistake in the long-awaited Simpsons movie.
During a filming of mtvU’s Stand In at UCLA in Los Angeles, MacFarlane brought up the idea of a Family Guy film and what the challenges would be, especially with timing:
“It’s just a matter of when…It’s hard to do that while you have the series going on at the same time; I think that’s why it took The Simpsons 20 seasons to figure out how to do it.”
He also spoke out on one of the more underwhelming elements of The Simpsons film—namely that it was just an overstuffed episode of the TV series simply projected on the big screen:
“We do know what the Family Guy movie will be. The Simpsons movie, I thought, was hilarious, but the one criticism I would have is that it’s a story they probably could’ve done on TV. There could’ve been an episode that had that plotline…That’s the challenge with animation. You pretty much can do any story you want, so what is the reason for the movie? We finally hit on the answer to that question, and it will be something that would be impossible to do on TV.”
So now you know what to expect with a Family Guy movie—something that’s impossible to do on TV. So, essentially, there will be nudity, sex, and uncensored expletives in between all the disconnected and random pop culture references that have nothing to do with the overall plot itself, all while vaguely resembling an episode of The Simpsons. Glad we got that one cleared up.
What do you think of the Family Guy film—what could MacFarlane do to separate it from an episode of the TV series?