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The Family Guy (V3)
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Jan 2, 2006 By: The Shootin Surgeon
The Family Guy (V3) order
Director:
Various

Actors:
Seth McFarlane
Seth Green
Mila Kunis

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
The Griffins are back following the cancellation of the show by Fox and its brisk reinstatement following the avalanche of sales generated by the release of the first two seasons on DVD…. So yeah, the Griffins are back with some new episodes and more politically incorrect wackiness.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I couldn’t wait to slap this into my trusty DVD player when I made it home with my copy. I remembered my disappointment when the show was initially canceled and my joy when I watched the first DVD set… When it made it back on the air though, I never really caught up with it not because I didn’t want to but rather because it was on at the same time as football… so when I sat down to watch this, I was understandably trembling with excitement and I felt a tingle I hadn’t felt since the early days of puberty. I watched my episodes, I smiled, I chuckled but sadly, I never laughed… The magic had gone… The characters were still funny mind you, and some of the slapstick-type jokes worked quite well but the show’s trademark political incorrectness and edgy humor now seemed forced and artificial… It was like that kid in school who would tell jokes and once everyone was laughing, he’d keep pushing and pushing until in the end, there was no room for him to maneuver and the laughter would dry up… Back then, that kid was known as Indiana Sev but now, Peter Griffin was his name and in a matter of a few years, he endured the same decline that took Homer Simpson over a decade.

Like I wrote above, the characters themselves are still pretty funny. Stewie just keeps getting funnier and funnier every time I see him and Peter is a moron. I still want to nail Lois and Joe, Cleveland and Quagmire crack me up. They’re wasted in these episodes however since even cartoons need a coherent plot in order to tell a story. This is more like a 20-minute sketch to showcase Peter’s idiocy, much like the Simpsons had become a couple of years ago before picking it up again. If you like watching it for that than you’ll have a blast. If you actually think back well though and remember how shocked you were back when you would watch the show and think “Is nothing sacred?”, then you’ll notice that you spend more time thinking “all right, we get it: nothing is sacred!” this time around… It’s sad but unfortunately, much like STAR TREK, some shows may only be made to last for a very short while in order to endure the test of time…
THE EXTRAS
“World Domination: The Family Guy Phenomenon” Featurette (25 mins): A documentary featuring creator Seth MacFarlane along with the voice talent (including the delicious Mila Kunis) and the behind-the-scenes contributors discussing the show, its humor and its return to the screen following its cancellation. Pretty cool for many reasons but chief among them is seeing many of the lesser known faces of the voice actors.

Deleted Scene Animatics (2 mins): One scene is featured in which Brian leads a gang of miscreant students in song and dance. It’s decent but not spectacular.

“Score!”- The Music of The Family Guy (8 mins): I usually get pretty amazed when I see this type of feature on a movie like LORD OF THE RINGS and realize there’s a massive orchestra churning out all the little musical bits… it’s even more surprising when a cartoon has that same type of arrangement but there’s actually a lot of very good music in this series if you think about it, especially with all the musical parodies they chug out. Nice to see these folks getting recognition.

Multi-Angle Table Reads (15 mins): For three separate scenes, you’ll be able to see the show as it alternates from cartoon to rehearsal around a table with the voice actors reading out their parts with all the writers around them. These are funny people and if you’ve ever imagined how many guts must bust working on a project like this, well there’s your answer.

Storyboard/Animatics Comparison (15 mins): I can’t stand this type of feature when it’s used for live action films. It’s just the kind of thing that gets pretty boring after a few seconds but it’s even worse when you see it for a cartoon! Basically, you get two images of cartoons… one rough, one finished… what’s the point, really?

Some of the episodes are also available with Cast and Crew Commentary Tracks, which are quick and easy to listen to and provide a lot of information about hoe the show gets off the ground every week.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
This show is hilarious and it’s not as bad as I made it sound up there but to be sure, the plots are not as funny as they were in seasons 1 and 2. You’ll still get a HUGE laugh out of the characters and their interaction )particularly Stewie and Brian) so it’s definitely worth a look but as far as this jerk’s concerned, it didn’t pack the memorable K.O. punch it had the last time around.
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