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…
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.