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Family Guy: Volume 8
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06.29.2010 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Various

Actors:
Alex Borstein
Mila Kunis
Seth Green

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
The Griffin Family are back and pulling no punches in their eighth season of mischief and adventure. From trips across the multiverse to replacing the friend who moved away, the antics of all your favourite characters are back and better than ever.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Iíve been a big fan of FAMILY GUY from the day one and in all honesty I donít know many people who arenít fans. I was weaned into animated comedy by THE SIMPSONS (I can always depend on Homer to put a smile on my face) and then later explored the cynical side of cartoon comedy with the underrated Teletoon series DUCKMAN. Though I canít confirm it, I believe Seth MacFarlane was no doubt a DUCKMAN fan as this series fits the same mould. All praise aside, the seventh season felt a touch desperate to me and though I still managed to laugh every now and again, I began to lose interest in the show. Thankfully this season renewed my faith in the series and was action packed with more than enough laughs to keep the fire burning.

The storylines and jokes found within the FAMILY GUY universe encompass a very broad spectrum; from political, religious, celebrity and film humour to outright slanderous material that can and no doubt does offend a good many people. Personally I love it all. Iím always in stitches when Jesus or God pop up (I laughed my ass off at the Black Jesus bit this season), I though the Hannah Montana bit was funny and my all time favourite episode of the season was Stew-Roids where Stewie gets all jacked up on steroids. Of course, some of the funniest aspects of this show for me come from the numerous mentions of old cartoons like HE-MAN, THUNDERCATS, TRANSFORMERS and a slew of other shows I grew on. Some of these jokes are no doubt lost on younger audiences (even my girlfriend doesnít get most of them) but these outlandish cameo appearances and mentions put me in stitches almost every time.

FAMILY GUYís eighth season is one of the shortest ones yet (with only fifteen episodes) but itís also one of the funniest in awhile. Iím a Stewie fan through and through and though they went way overboard with his ďahemĒ sexual preference theme, heís still my favourite (the ďbitchĒ Stewie clone almost had me in tears). Iím still not a hundred percent sure how they entice Seth Green and Mila Kunis to stick around with so few lines but in Greenís case I suppose heís not doing much else. The one thing that bothered me about this season was the abundance of shameless winks and nudges toward THE CLEVELAND SHOW which I refuse to watch on principle. Why in hell they took the least interesting character in the show and gave him his own series (other than the money and use of race jokes) is beyond me. Iíd have been more interested in a Quagmire show, but thatís just me.
THE EXTRAS
The Road to ďRoad to the MultiverseĒ: Here we get an explanation behind the work involved with creating/using various different animation styles for this episode as Brian and Stewie travel to several parallel universes. Iím surprised they didnít catch flack for the Disney one.

Family Guy Karaoke: This feature is pretty much what youíd expect from the title: a sing along for nearly every one of the shows zany songs. I find most of these songs unbelievably annoying.

Deleted Scenes: There are quite a few to choose from here which is great and as you can no doubt imagine some of them push the envelope a little too far but the Asian in laws, the thinking seagull and the not very sexy party were hilarious.

Commentary: There are commentaries for most episodes which are funny as hell as you get to hear the thought process behind some of these off the wall jokes and antics. You also have the option of watching the original TV versions (nah) or the ones with added language (hell yes).
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Seth MacFarlane definitely has something worthwhile in FAMILY GUY, and watching this show on DVD is even more fun than TV as the episodes are unrated and sinfully raw. Itís a thin line to tread but the extra F-bombs and the like are well timed and welcome as far as Iím concerned. This seasonís a solid purchase for fans of the series.

Extra Tidbit: "And I will see the Keaton family next week."
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