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Fox's animated TV series 'Family Guy' is currently in its eleventh season, and it does appear to be slowing down. Show creator Seth MacFarlane seems to be prepping for a film version of his oddball New England family. Recently, when asked about whether we would definitely be seeing the Griffins on the big screen, MacFarlane said...
"It’s just a matter of when. It’s hard to do that while you have the series going on at the same time; I think that’s why it took The Simpsons20 seasons to figure out how to do it."
So a note of inevitability there, but what would this 'Family Guy' movie be about? Is there an actual script in place or even a general outline? MacFarlane had an answer for that as well...sort of.
"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. 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 impossibleto do on TV."
I cannot tell you how spectacularly unexcited I am about the idea of a 'Family Guy' movie. I enjoyed the show for years, even went so far as to defend it when my friends started falling off and lambasting it for being a poorly-written chore. But then I began to realize something truly disheartening: 'Family Guy' was becoming a poorly-written chore. Not only that, it was getting lazier and lazier; actually wearing its aggravating non sequitur joke construction like a badge of honor and pushing it to the point in which one cutaway joke would last ten minutes. What is far more unfortunate about this news is that MacFarlane's first feature film 'Ted' was surprisingly good. In fact, it seemed MacFarlane had found a renewed energy and creative spark working outside 'Family Guy,' a show that seemed to have him stuck in a rut. Despite my feelings on 'Family Guy,' I was really pulling for MacFarlane to continue in film and to keep coming up with original ideas. So now he's doing a 'Family Guy' movie, the basis for which is just to be more extreme than the show? This is a monumental step backwards.
What do you guys think? Could a 'Family Guy' movie work? Would you care to see it? Do you agree the show is a creative rut for MacFarlane?