No doubt the upcoming “Simpsons” movie has got Seth MacFarlane thinking about parlaying his own animated family the Griffins onto feature length movie fame. There was actually a direct-to-DVD movie a few years back (“Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story”), but it was never sold as a big-screen movie, at least I don’t think it was. Says MacFarlane about a possible “Family Guy” movie: “I don’t want to do ‘The Griffins must save the world.” Why not? I’d like to see obese Peter, his hot wife, talking dog Brian, world-dominating-wannabe baby Stewie, and perverted son Chris save the world. And Meg, of course. Don’t forget totally useless Meg.
But he emphasized that he has no plot ideas yet, and that Fox studio executives would have to sign off on a film project as well. “Nothing is official,” he said, adding that if all things come together, a movie could be ready in a couple of years.
MacFarlane also said he would like to find a small story about the Griffin family, the central characters of “Family Guy,” that can be explored in a feature-length film.
I’m a fan of the TV series, but as is the case with the Simpsons movie, I’m not entirely sure I want to actually pay money to see something I can get on TV every single day, sometimes more than once a day.
More about “Family Guy” for those of you not “in the know”:
Family Guy is an American animated television series about a nuclear family in the fictional town of Quahog (IPA [‘koÊŠhÉ”g] or [‘koÊŠhÉ’g]), Rhode Island. It was created by Seth MacFarlane for FOX in 1999.
The show uses frequent “cutaway gags” “” jokes in the form of tangential vignettes that do not advance the story.
Family Guy was cancelled once in 2000 and again in 2002, but strong DVD sales and the large viewership of reruns on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim convinced FOX to resume the show in 2005. It is the first cancelled show to be resurrected based on DVD sales.
Creator Seth MacFarlane voices many of the characters (Peter, Brian, Stewie, Glenn Quagmire, Tom Tucker, and others), and works as a gag writer. Other voice actors include Mila Kunis (Meg Griffin), Seth Green (Chris Griffin), Alex Borstein (Lois, Tricia Takanawa, Loretta Brown), Mike Henry (Cleveland, Cleveland Jr, Performance Artist, Herbert, and Greased-up Deaf Guy) and Patrick Warburton (Joe Swanson). Lacey Chabert voiced Meg Griffin for the first production season (14 episodes); however, because of a contractual agreement, she was never credited.
Basically, it’s 30 minutes (with commercials) of random gags. And fighting chickens.