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Seth McFarlane says the Family Guy movie is a matter of when, not if

Nov. 30, 2012by: Alex Maidy

With the massive box office success of TED, Seth McFarlane has a blank check for making his next film project. But, it seems like he may stick with what he knows best: animation.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, McFarlane says that the FAMILY GUY movie is definitely happening and it is just a matter of when.

“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,” he said. “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.”

I enjoy FAMILY GUY as a throwaway piece of entertainment. If it is on, I will watch it, but it is not destination viewing for me. Yes, it makes me laugh but 22 minutes of cutaway gags is fine. I don't think I could watch 90 minutes of it. THE SIMPSONS MOVIE was able to tell a large scale story within the confines dictated by the show. SOUTH PARK: BIGGER, LONGER, AND UNCUT took the unexpected route and made a musical. In both cases, I consider them good movies. Can FAMILY GUY do the same thing?

It remains to be seen if Seth McFarlane can duplicate his TED success. I think that he can, especially if he stays with unique and original ideas. I will not hold my breath for the FAMILY GUY movie, but I am interested to see what he will do.

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7:59PM on 12/03/2012
If it's uncensored like Ted it could have a chance at being one of the funniest animated movies...note ONE OF...
If it's uncensored like Ted it could have a chance at being one of the funniest animated movies...note ONE OF...
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6:41AM on 12/01/2012

American Dad!

I personally think "Family Guy" has been awful since season 3, too much political rhetoric and not enough universal comedy. Concentrate on making that show funny again. Personally, I find "American Dad" infinitely funnier, it's gotten to "Airplane!"-type level of absurd comedy. I really like every season after season 3 of "AD". I think that's a way better candidate for a movie. But, that's just my humble opinion.
I personally think "Family Guy" has been awful since season 3, too much political rhetoric and not enough universal comedy. Concentrate on making that show funny again. Personally, I find "American Dad" infinitely funnier, it's gotten to "Airplane!"-type level of absurd comedy. I really like every season after season 3 of "AD". I think that's a way better candidate for a movie. But, that's just my humble opinion.
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10:45AM on 12/01/2012
Agreed! American Dad is a far better series and a lot smarter than Family Guy which was a good, as you said, for the first few seasons. American Dad has so much potential for a movie with all the plots and social issues and Family guy has run it's self int the ground with the same things over and over. IT's the same plot devices and stupidity at least with American dad you get social and political issues but with more fun due to how the characters are written.
Agreed! American Dad is a far better series and a lot smarter than Family Guy which was a good, as you said, for the first few seasons. American Dad has so much potential for a movie with all the plots and social issues and Family guy has run it's self int the ground with the same things over and over. IT's the same plot devices and stupidity at least with American dad you get social and political issues but with more fun due to how the characters are written.
7:20PM on 11/30/2012

Family Guy Already Has Failed Movie

That 3 episode long "movie" about Stewie going into the future to confront his chicken older self? That was supposed to be THE Family Guy movie and holy crap was it terrible, if it was really meant for that purpose.
That 3 episode long "movie" about Stewie going into the future to confront his chicken older self? That was supposed to be THE Family Guy movie and holy crap was it terrible, if it was really meant for that purpose.
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7:13PM on 11/30/2012

Ehhhhhh

I don't see how a Family Guy movie could work. Its stretched pretty thin as is. 90 min of cutaway gags will get real old real fast.

FYI - The Simpsons has already played out the plot of the movie on the tv show twice. On one occasion, Mr. Burns attempted to place a glass dome over Springfield (as a throwback to the movie). On another occasion, the Simpsons got kicked out of Springfield because the town got tired of their antics. Its a revolving door at this point.
I don't see how a Family Guy movie could work. Its stretched pretty thin as is. 90 min of cutaway gags will get real old real fast.

FYI - The Simpsons has already played out the plot of the movie on the tv show twice. On one occasion, Mr. Burns attempted to place a glass dome over Springfield (as a throwback to the movie). On another occasion, the Simpsons got kicked out of Springfield because the town got tired of their antics. Its a revolving door at this point.
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