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Seth MacFarlane Hopes To Start FAMILY GUY Movie ‘Within The Next Year’!!

I am – Hercules!!
Seth MacFarlane reveals to TV Week’s Josef Adalian that he hopes to start work on a “Family Guy” movie within the next 12 months. “It’s time. In the past six months we started talking seriously about it,” MacFarlane tells Adalian. “I have an idea what it’s gonna be. It’s definitely something you could not do on the show.” Hear it directly from the series mastermind's mouth here.

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  • July 16, 2008, 4:01 p.m. CST



    Those manatees write some pretty damn funny jokes.

  • July 16, 2008, 4:01 p.m. CST

    could be good

    by semiretard

  • July 16, 2008, 4:02 p.m. CST

    you think thats bad....

    by lamontshadow2010

    remember that time we all watched a dvd movie that we thought was a family guy film?

  • July 16, 2008, 4:02 p.m. CST

    Man, They Push the Border In The Show Already


    What's going to be in the movie? Graphic anal sex between Lois and Brian?

  • July 16, 2008, 4:05 p.m. CST

    OMG! It's a Manatee! Just like Trey Parker said!

    by jimmay

    OH, frightfully witty! Do you normally let other people do your thinking for you, Herc, or are you just a mindless drone when it comes to South Park? Seriously, if you want to rip on McFarlane, have at it, but at least have the dignity to come up with your own insults.

  • July 16, 2008, 4:05 p.m. CST

    Well, at least he's giving us a heads up that

    by Marillion

    it's something they can't do on TV...<P> Imagine my surprise while I was watching Blue Harvest on DVD with my daughter and the "F" word popped up.. OOOOPS!

  • July 16, 2008, 4:06 p.m. CST

    I hope they progress into 90s references instead of 80s

    by Flim Springfield

  • July 16, 2008, 4:07 p.m. CST

    Woopidy doo!

    by TheJake

    I am so excited! Just like that time I saw... **cue pointless non-funny non-relevant clip**

  • July 16, 2008, 4:08 p.m. CST


    by palooka_boy

    probably end up being retarded

  • July 16, 2008, 4:08 p.m. CST

    Sorry to be so bitchy,

    by jimmay

    but I can't help it. The obnoxious parroting of South Park just really, really pisses me off. I like the show, and I more or less enjoy Family Guy, well parts of it anyway, but I can't think of anything sadder than an internet troll war erupting between fans of two different-wait for it-fucking cartoon shows.

  • July 16, 2008, 4:13 p.m. CST

    Seth McFarlane is cool and I love Family Guy

    by fassbinder79

    I'll pay to see this in the theater. I got suckered into seeing the Simpsons by my little brother. Big mistake. But I have a good feeling that McFarlane will get everything right that the Simpsons film got wrong.

  • July 16, 2008, 4:13 p.m. CST

    Manatees and the Thought Ball Tank!

    by ScottinDC

    That's what this movie this will be...South Park described this show perfectly: it's more 'irrelevant' than 'irreverant' with somewhat funny pop-cultural references that don't advance the plot. Worthy of a chuckle or two; but I find it a bit overrated.

  • July 16, 2008, 4:15 p.m. CST


    by fassbinder79

    South Park blows. And the Simpsons (albeit and important and influential show) hasn't been good since the late 90's. Family Guy rules. Best sitcom on television next to Curb Your Enthusiasm.

  • July 16, 2008, 4:16 p.m. CST

    I'm with you BlackCrippler

    by fassbinder79

    You're right on the money.

  • July 16, 2008, 4:17 p.m. CST


    by Bob Loblaw Law Blog

    It's Quagmire...<p>And the line is "Giggity, Giggity"... sometimes, "Giggity, Giggity, Goo!"<p>Just in case you really wanted to know.

  • July 16, 2008, 4:17 p.m. CST


    by fassbinder79

    Quagmire is HILARIOUS. You don't know what you're talking about.

  • July 16, 2008, 4:17 p.m. CST

    To each their own

    by ScottinDC

    I'm not dogging Seth or faulting people for liking Family Guy...I'm a fan of American Dad. I just don't get all the hype personally..but I watch it. Usually somewhat funny but I don't find it as 'amazing' as others.

  • July 16, 2008, 4:17 p.m. CST

    I think the manatees......

    by Crackles

    are pretty funny. No need to get so frustrated with Herc! You have to admit South Park totally had a point with the manatee thing. Family Guy is pretty fuckin random sometimes! I'll probably see the movie though....the show can be good for some laughs as to where south park usually has a message.

  • July 16, 2008, 4:20 p.m. CST


    by The Funketeer

    First he's got to finish watching all this summer's movies so he can insert them into, "remember when we...." and then give his animators time to draw a Batman and Iron Man costume on the family.

  • July 16, 2008, 4:21 p.m. CST

    has to get it started before all manatees go extinct

    by bacci40

    christ, 2 hours of non sequitors?? wont play

  • July 16, 2008, 4:21 p.m. CST

    What can't MacFarlane do on the show?

    by MCVamp

    The only thing he hasn't done is air unbleeped curse words and show frontal nudity without black bars. Oooh, I can't wait? Seriously, they've touched upon: Incest, necrophilia, beastiality, pedophilia, cancer, the physically handicapped, the mentally handicapped, bulimics, AIDS, homosexuality, transexuality, underage sex, terrorism, politics, S&M, every single religion, murder, dismemberment, and about fifty different instances where Quagmire gets a boner just offscreen. Granted, a lot of that is funny, but what taboos is MacFarlane shooting for that he can't touch on TV? Shit, what's left? Peter eats a turd and vomits it in Lois's mouth while anally raping Brian? Because I think that was in season 4, wasn't it?

  • July 16, 2008, 4:22 p.m. CST

    Family Guy = Ridiculously Overrated

    by RobotDevil007

    I'm so happy you put the manatee picture up. The South Park guys totally had Family Guy's number.

  • July 16, 2008, 4:24 p.m. CST

    God, this manatee jokes are lamer than the worst gags on FG

    by ev1ldead

    I don't give a flying shit if the stories are pointless. Each episode has at least 2-3 laugh out loud moments. That's more than 15 seasons of Two and a half Men, 10 episodes of a new Simpsons episodes and all spoof movies since Scary Movie combined.

  • July 16, 2008, 4:24 p.m. CST

    The efficiency of Family Guy

    by Giario

    Minimum effort in terms of writing, animation, etcetera against maximum result in terms of shitloads of idiots still buying the DVDs. This show hasn't been good since it came back. The early shows were top notch. Now it's just smug and lazy in every department. When it comes to animated sit-coms Family Guy is easily the worst of the bunch. King Of The Hill, American Dad and South Park all shit on Family Guy from a great height. I should also point out that I'm a little disappointed that Jon Benjamin had a stint on this show. He really deserves better.

  • July 16, 2008, 4:25 p.m. CST

    It'll suck

    by Charlie Murphy

    like the show. but they'll make it "hardcore" and drop a few f-bombs for the kiddies, who will of course lap that shit up.

  • July 16, 2008, 4:25 p.m. CST

    and now our blackutainment segment

    by ArcadianDS

    " hows that family guy movie coming along?"<p> "IT FULLA POP CULT GAGS!!!!"<p> "thanks, Ollie."

  • July 16, 2008, 4:25 p.m. CST

    will bomb just like athf did

    by postalpez

    if it gets an R

  • July 16, 2008, 4:26 p.m. CST

    Family Guy Better Than Curb?!?!

    by scarybunny726

    Never. How much crack are ScottinDC and fassbinder79 smoking? Curb Your Enthusiasm and Family Guy arent even in the same comedy universe. Family Guy back in the early days was funny I think, but since its comeback has been terrible save for a few gags. Thats why I cant stand it when people note how the Simpsons isnt as good as it used to be - Family Guy hit rock bottom a hell of a lot faster than it ever did.

  • July 16, 2008, 4:27 p.m. CST

    Giggity Giggity

    by ChrisTuckersOnlyFan

    I hope it's Live Action and Chris Tucker plays Cleveland and/or Loretta.

  • July 16, 2008, 4:27 p.m. CST

    Aqua Teen bombed because it was horrible

    by jimmay

    Seriously, the worst movie I saw last year; two, and only two, funny parts: the beginning and the end. The rest was a wasteland.

  • July 16, 2008, 4:28 p.m. CST

    simpsons season

    by ev1ldead

    no preview, no edit button? *grml* It's like the time Fred Flintstone buyed his first pc.

  • July 16, 2008, 4:28 p.m. CST


    by scarybunny726

    Just for the record Simpsons still has enough laughs sometimes to have not hit rock bottom just yet I dont think...

  • July 16, 2008, 4:28 p.m. CST


    by MCVamp

    Technically, Aqua Teen turned a profit considering it had a budget of like 18 dollars, even in its ultra-limited release. And about a tenth as many fans as Family Guy.

  • July 16, 2008, 4:29 p.m. CST

    Herc, where's your Gong Show post?

    by TrumpyEatsPotatoes

    The link on the feed takes me to the AICN Vortex of Terror©.

  • July 16, 2008, 4:30 p.m. CST

    Family Guy is NOT terrible....

    by superzero

    it's just UN-inspired, lackluster, LAZY writing where the jokes DON'T drive the plot forward by any means...and I thought that BEFORE the South Park episode...and the SP movie was pretty much the REASON they added a best animated feature catagory to the oscars. Stephen Sounheim said that the South Park movie was one of the BEST musicals he's ever seen...I probably will go see a Family Guy movie cause I do like the show and I laugh at it...I just know it's not going to make me think...which South Park and The Simpsons allow a person to do. You know, cause it has a plot and stuff.

  • July 16, 2008, 4:30 p.m. CST the fucking posts you douche

    by ScottinDC need to read the called me out for liking family guy more than curb? Uh dickhead..I am the one who said FG was OVERRATED and I never even MENTIONED the posts before saying anything - your post made you look like one steaming pile of fucking moronic shit.

  • July 16, 2008, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Toilet humor hits the big screen

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Gee, we haven't seen that before. FG has stolen from the Simpsons which is witty and clever without being vulgar. Seth needs to take a lesson from them, but he won't. The lowest common denominator is his cash cow.

  • July 16, 2008, 4:33 p.m. CST


    by quadrupletree

    I actually like Family Guy and I even think this is a bad idea. They already did a direct to video movie and it was mediocre... I don't think anyone wants to see a Family Guy movie. Not to mention they're the last to the party, Southpark and Simpsons already did it.

  • July 16, 2008, 4:34 p.m. CST

    You mean...

    by jimmy rabbitte

    ...they aren't going to wait until after the 17th season of the show?

  • July 16, 2008, 4:37 p.m. CST


    by Hercules

    I accidentally posted it a few hours early. It'll return after midnight.

  • July 16, 2008, 4:38 p.m. CST

    Hellboy 2 SUCKED!

    by StrokerX

    and i hear Ron Pearlman is hard to work with...i hear this lady asked him for an autograph and he took a dump on her chest....what an ass.

  • July 16, 2008, 4:38 p.m. CST


    by scarybunny726

    Jesus dude chill the fuck out! so I got some names mixed up, sorry. Oh and Im a girl so please address me properly as a cunt from now on and not a dickhead. thank you.

  • July 16, 2008, 4:39 p.m. CST

    Animate 90 min. of random YouTube clips, you got the movie.

    by Flim Springfield

  • July 16, 2008, 4:40 p.m. CST

    It will be the first ever movie with virtually no plot.

    by The Guy Who Slept Through Everything.

    it will consit of nothing but lame STAR WARS jokes and "Like that time when..." Yes OVERRATED doesn't begin to describe this show.

  • July 16, 2008, 4:40 p.m. CST

    Thanks, Herc...

    by TrumpyEatsPotatoes

    Can't wait for Smigel's puppetry antics.

  • July 16, 2008, 4:41 p.m. CST

    "This is a bad that time..."

    by MCVamp

    "...I left the shields down on the Enterprise." -Cut to Peter in the Genesis cave- "KHAANNN!!"

  • July 16, 2008, 4:42 p.m. CST

    "This is a bad that time..."

    by MCVamp

    "...I let that robber get by Spider-Man." -Cut to Peter patting Spider-Man on the shoulder.- "Hey, don't worry. It's not our responsibility."

  • July 16, 2008, 4:44 p.m. CST

    "This is a bad that time..."

    by MCVamp

    "...I quit that lab assistant job." -Cut to Hans Zarkov holding a gun at Peter.- Zarkov: "Don't you want to be a hero?" Peter: "No!" (runs away)

  • July 16, 2008, 4:45 p.m. CST

    The only way a Family Guy movie would work...

    by TrumpyEatsPotatoes

    is if there was a cutaway gag 10 seconds into the first scene, then a cutaway gag from the cutaway gag, and so on until eyes start bleeding.

  • July 16, 2008, 4:49 p.m. CST

    "This is a bad that time..."

    by MCVamp

    "...I tried to organize a birthday song for Grandpa." -cut to the Griffin family lip-synching Ray Charles' "Night Time is the Right Time" on staircase to Peter's dad, complete with Stewie as Rudy...Peter falls down the stairs and maims everyone.

  • July 16, 2008, 4:50 p.m. CST

    It's a miracle that Family Guy went from

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    cancelled, to not only renewed, and still going, but McFarlane even got to do another show which is still on. I won't stoop to his level and put in a 9/11 plane joke. That would be disrespectful. However it does make you wonder what if.

  • July 16, 2008, 4:51 p.m. CST

    "This is a bad that time..."

    by MCVamp

    "...I tried to hack into NORAD." -Cut to Peter sitting next to Ally Sheedy in front of a computer. JOSHUA: "Shall we play a game?" Peter: "Global Thermonuke-u-lar War." -Soldiers bust in the door. Peter points to Ally Sheedy: "It was her!" Soldiers beat Ally Sheedy with rifle butts.

  • July 16, 2008, 4:56 p.m. CST

    "This is a bad that time..."

    by MCVamp

    "...I told Fredo Corleone he should get his own family." -Cut to the Fredo whacking from Godfather 2. After we cut back to Al Neri sitting in the boat alone, pan left to see Peter and Quagmire in a similar rowboat staring in shock. Peter: "So, um, are they biting today?"

  • July 16, 2008, 4:57 p.m. CST

    Sorry, it's been a long day at work.

    by MCVamp

  • July 16, 2008, 4:58 p.m. CST

    Oh boy

    by Series7

    PEOPLE DON'T LIKE FAMILY GUY! I can't see how you can hate this show? I can see how you don't like it, but to hate it?

  • July 16, 2008, 5:01 p.m. CST

    This is a bad that time...

    by theguyfromfresno

    I stopped for drinks at the Mos Eisley cantina... Cut to Luke telling Peter "I'll be careful." Peter "You'll be dead!" Kenobi cuts off Peter's arm. Then 3 minutes of Peter holding his stump and saying "Ah.... Sssssss. Ow...... Sssssss. Ow.... Ah...... Sssssss. Ah......"

  • July 16, 2008, 5:07 p.m. CST

    Maybe lay off the red bulls, bruno

    by theguyfromfresno

    Your fantasies are invading our talkback reality.

  • July 16, 2008, 5:13 p.m. CST

    The South Park Movie

    by tomdolan04

    C'mon, regardless of whether your tastes in humour the SP being released as a technically adept musical was quite an achievement on it's release. <p> I found the movie a riot and South Park consistently entertaining throughout it's entire run, with it's hit rate solid. Not to start with the Family Guy rivalary but I've watched a few and just don't get the appeal at all. <p> Long before the SP/Family Guy riffs the whole 'This reminds me of the Time' is fecking ridiculous. Within 12 months to start a movie on that level of writing? <p> GUARANTEED it will have the line "This reminds me of the time South Park released a movie" in the flick and the Family Guy apologists will be claiming it's astute sly clever witty observational humour.

  • July 16, 2008, 5:15 p.m. CST

    will not watch

    by wash


  • July 16, 2008, 5:15 p.m. CST

    Just One Gun

    by DigitalDong

    Use it plz Seth.

  • July 16, 2008, 5:17 p.m. CST

    Family Guy Movie = nipple nuke fridge flames

    by Heckles

    Actually, it will probably be funny as hell.

  • July 16, 2008, 5:19 p.m. CST


    by fiester

    It'll be funnier than that dreadful, forgettable and not very funny Simpsons movie, that's for sure. <p> Why the manatee cheap shot every time you get Family Guy news?<p> Also, I saw a big article on the new Cleavland show coming this fall. Not mention of it on here though.

  • July 16, 2008, 5:20 p.m. CST

    I Like Simpsons, Family Guy, and Southpark


    Haters are losers.

  • July 16, 2008, 5:20 p.m. CST

    how can anyone hate this show

    by Kazzer

    of course it's difficult to hate the show- it's one of those pieces of shit that protects itself from fanboy hate by being the kind of trash every fanboy attempts to write, and therefore, by default, has to try to protect. it's a fat white guy hiding behind a shield made of reinforced cynicism and star wars jokes that haters only hate because they are 'taking it seriously'. it purports to 'push the limit' and 'smash political correctness', but how can you do either when you have nothing to say, other than what has been said by every fratboy-pandering stand-up dane cooke knockoff before, but with more pedophilia and bestiality jokes thrown in for good measure? family guy is not a response to anything but the constipated taboos and censorship of america. sure, great art challenges perception and attracts controversy, but great art also thrives on a message, on a cause, or at least a good caricature, good art doesn't exist to simply feed on the controversy it attracts. it's the creative equivalent of jerking off into a empty tub of ice cream and surviving off your spunk for weeks. that's why, unlike the relatively more human, if not universal humor of simpsons (golden years) or the office, family guy is only funny to a handful of impotent cocksuckers that are sure they are sticking it to the man by laughing at a gag where a teenage girl with a fragile ego gets sexually humiliated. BECAUSE ITS WHAT THE FEMINISTS DON'T WANT YOU TO SEE HAHA!

  • July 16, 2008, 5:28 p.m. CST


    by 11ZOMBIES

    You just won the internet with that statement.

  • July 16, 2008, 5:31 p.m. CST

    Kazzer = 11ZOMBIES


    That was a pretty quick switch ID change.

  • July 16, 2008, 5:32 p.m. CST

    I Agree, Bad_Wolf


    I think we'll have to disagree about agreeing, but agreeable disagree about our lack of agreement. Agreed?

  • July 16, 2008, 5:33 p.m. CST


    by Kazzer

    the dexterity it takes to jerk off a dick this big has given me the fingers of a god. i can ID switch in nanoseconds. bad news; i'm you too.

  • July 16, 2008, 5:33 p.m. CST

    Dane Cook Sucks Balls


    At least, in the being remotely funny department. I can agree on that.

  • July 16, 2008, 5:35 p.m. CST

    Kazzer: I'm Afraid I'll have to Disagree


    With everything you said, while at the same time sympathizing with the impulses that drove you to say it.

  • July 16, 2008, 5:37 p.m. CST

    by Kazzer

    as both and kazzer, i'm having a hell of a time challenging, rebuking, then sympathizing with myself, thus confounding the fanboy community. what contrary opinion can i produce next?

  • July 16, 2008, 5:38 p.m. CST

    No King of the Hill flick yet?

    by terry1978

    That shit is LONG overdue.

  • July 16, 2008, 5:38 p.m. CST

    I'm Actually Seth McFarlane


    Family Guy rocks, you fan boy douchebags!

  • July 16, 2008, 5:46 p.m. CST

    Love Family Guy

    by slowgraffiti

    I hated Family when it came back and I did agree with South Park's attack, but now that it has been a few years since Animation Wars aired, I re-watch Family a lot, a lot, a lot more than I re-watch South Park. That's what happens when you don't have an A/B/C story structure.

  • July 16, 2008, 5:47 p.m. CST

    Favreau to direct?

    by SpencerTrilby

    He proved to be a master of the "Hero says something, cue to comedic counterpoint" type of humor in Iron Man. A perfect fit.

  • July 16, 2008, 5:48 p.m. CST


    by JimBobCooter

    That was amazing analysis. Frighteningly astute.

  • July 16, 2008, 5:48 p.m. CST

    Since nobody has said it yet...

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

    Where's my Venture Bros. movie, dammit.

  • July 16, 2008, 5:49 p.m. CST

    The Simpsons Movie has been on HBO lately,

    by jimmay

    so I've watched it another three to four times, and it really hasn't improved much with each subsequent viewing. South Park, on the other hand, has aged quite well. Family Guy already did a movie, which was okay, but nothing exemplary, and the Futurama movies are passable, but wouldn't fly in the theater. I think South Park was the one exception amongst them, and I seriously doubt Parker and Stone would have another one in them (if Team America is any indication, they don't), so I'm really not jazzed about the idea of any new adult toon comedy movies.

  • July 16, 2008, 5:50 p.m. CST

    Family Guy news on AICN - aka "hate bait"

    by necgray

  • July 16, 2008, 5:52 p.m. CST

    And speaking of non-sequiturs...

    by JimBobCooter

    Andy Dick is in jail for pissing outside of a bar and sexually harassing a teen girl. <p> Police "suspect" he might've been under the influence of controlled substances...

  • July 16, 2008, 5:52 p.m. CST

    "hate bait"

    by jimmay

    That, along with the subtle as a nuclear explosion manatee picture sums up every article on Seth McFarlane that Hercules has ever done.

  • July 16, 2008, 5:53 p.m. CST

    Yeah...South Park is "good" -uh huh -

    by m_prevette

    Yeah sure. It's hilarious when someone trashes Family Guy but praises South Park. Like...South Park appeals to anyone with an IQ over room temperature.

  • July 16, 2008, 6:03 p.m. CST

    precisely, jimmay

    by necgray

    It's like that fucking ridiculous review of "Sex and the City" Massawyrm posted last month or two months ago. If you have a boner for disliking a TV show or movie, why bother posting news about it? As we all know from the Hellboy reviews, a few of the site contributors actually like Family Guy. Why can't Herc just pass off this news item to them if he dislikes the show so much? But no, he'd rather take an obvious and tired AND stolen potshot. Heaven forbid Marc Cherry ever decides to produce a Desperate Housewives movie.

  • July 16, 2008, 6:04 p.m. CST

    Yeah, South Park is stupid

    by modlight

    You guys call me when Family Guy wins a Peabody.

  • July 16, 2008, 6:11 p.m. CST

    this reminds of the one time that i

    by palewook

    paid to spend 90 minutes sitting in the dark bored out of my skull..

  • July 16, 2008, 6:12 p.m. CST

    "Simpsons" did it!

    by RueDBaga

  • July 16, 2008, 6:14 p.m. CST

    You either prefer one or the other...

    by pleasebanme

    ...South Park constantly offends just for the sake of shock value, and this aspect to the show has grown extremely stale. And while I revere Trey Parker's insistence on writing and directing almost every episode, the number or original episodes per season grow far fewer these days. South Park is utterly ingenious when an episode comes along that mercilessly satirizes something from today's headlines, ending with a moral and logical message despite the extremely un-PC approach it took to get there. That's South Park at its finest (Terri Schiavo episode, bi-curious Butters episode, etc), but it IS a rarity these days. I find Family Guy to be extremely dull after a good seven minutes, but I guess I can understand why people still like it. The show is very unpretentious (unlike South Park), plays to library of pop culture knowledge we nerds pride ourselves in, and is often very funny in an extremely irreverent way. But due to its sense of humor and plot style, it takes very little talent to write a consistently funny Family Guy script. In fact, every single joke is interchangeable from episode to episode, its frequent attempts at satire pale in comparison to the glory days of The Simpsons that FG so obviously rips off, and the characters are all unlikeable, unoriginal dickheads. It takes a fucking boatload of talent to write one of the few genius South Park episodes that turn up every once in a while.

  • July 16, 2008, 6:16 p.m. CST


    by DennisMM

    If "The Simpsons" had done its movie in 1995 or so, when they started talking about it, the movie would have been considered revolutionary. No matter how good the movie turned out to be in anyone's opinion, the Day of the Simpsons passed some time ago. "South Park" I have found intermittently funny - loved giant monster Streisand and some other eps, was bored to shit by still others and really enjoyed the movie. I've made it through two "Family Guy" episodes because I told myself I wouldn't criticize the show based on having seen five minutes of a handful of episodes when I got home from work and deciding from those five minutes they were all the same. Having seen two full episodes and goodly chunks of some others at random I came to the realization that they ARE all the same - just a framework from which McFarlane and his team hang dated references and one-liners. The character bits are flat and repetitive even compared to "Simpsons" and "South Park." And Stewie must die. Sorry, but it must happen. When does the dog get to fuck Stewie to death? Wait, they can do a hugely referential half-hour that's nothing but an extended telling of "The Aristocrats" with special media "jokes," featuring Stewie as a baby that gets fucked, spun around the room by his brother who has the baby's penis between his teeth, shoved up its sister's vagina and father's ass and finally anally raped to death by the dog. Now that's an act.

  • July 16, 2008, 6:19 p.m. CST

    In more important news....

    by Lashlarue

    By Roger Ebert “Batman” isn’t a comic book anymore. Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight” is a haunted film that leaps beyond its origins and becomes an engrossing tragedy. It creates characters we come to care about. That’s because of the performances, because of the direction, because of the writing, and because of the superlative technical quality of the entire production. This film, and to a lesser degree “Iron Man,” redefine the possibilities of the “comic-book movie.” “The Dark Knight” is not a simplistic tale of good and evil. Batman is good, yes, The Joker is evil, yes. But Batman poses a more complex puzzle than usual: The citizens of Gotham City are in an uproar, calling him a vigilante and blaming him for the deaths of policemen and others. And the Joker is more than a villain. He’s a Mephistopheles whose actions are fiendishly designed to pose moral dilemmas for his enemies. The key performance in the movie is by the late Heath Ledger, as the Joker. Will he become the first posthumous Oscar winner since Peter Finch? His Joker draws power from the actual inspiration of the character in the silent classic “The Man Who Laughs” (1928). His clown's makeup more sloppy than before, his cackle betraying deep wounds, he seeks revenge, he claims, for the horrible punishment his father exacted on him when he was a child. In one diabolical scheme near the end of the film, he invites two ferry-loads of passengers to blow up the other before they are blown up themselves. Throughout the film, he devises ingenious situations that force Batman (Christian Bale), Commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman) and District Attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart) to make impossible ethical decisions. By the end, the whole moral foundation of the Batman legend is threatened. Because these actors and others are so powerful, and because the movie does not allow its spectacular special effects to upstage the humans, we’re surprised how deeply the drama affects us. Eckhart does an especially good job as Harvey Dent, whose character is transformed by a horrible fate into a bitter monster. It is customary in a comic book movie to maintain a certain knowing distance from the action, to view everything through a sophisticated screen. “The Dark Knight” slips around those defenses and engages us. Yes, the special effects are extraordinary. They focus on the expected explosions and catastrophes, and have some superb, elaborate chase scenes. The movie was shot on location in Chicago, but it avoids such familiar landmarks as Marina City, the Wrigley Building or the skyline. Chicagoans will recognize many places, notably La Salle Street and Lower Wacker Drive, but director Nolan is not making a travelogue. He presents the city as a wilderness of skyscrapers, and a key sequence is set in the still-uncompleted Trump Tower. Through these heights, the Batman moves at the end of strong wires, or sometimes actually flies, using his cape as a parasail. The plot involves nothing more or less than the Joker’s attempts to humiliate the forces for good and expose Batman’ secret identity, showing him to be a poser and a fraud. He includes Gordon and Dent on his target list, and contrives cruel tricks to play with the fact that Bruce Wayne once loved, and Harvey Dent now loves, Assistant D.A. Rachel Dawes (Maggie Gyllenhaal). The tricks are more cruel than he realizes, because the Joker doesn’t know Batman’s identity. Heath Ledger has a good deal of dialogue in the movie, and a lot of it isn’t the usual jabs and jests we’re familiar with: It’s psychologically more complex, outlining the dilemmas he has constructed, and explaining his reasons for them. The screenplay by Christopher Nolan and his brother Jonathan (who first worked together on “Memento”) has more depth and poetry than we might have expected. Two of the supporting characters are crucial to the action, and are played effortlessly by the great actors Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine. Freeman, as the scientific genius Lucius Fox, is in charge of Bruce Wayne’s underground headquarters, and makes an ethical objection to a method of eavesdropping on all of the citizens of Gotham City. His stand has current political implictions. Caine is the faithful butler Alfred, who understands Wayne better than anybody, and makes a decision about a crucial letter. Nolan also directed the previous, and excellent, “Batman Begins” (2005), which went into greater detail than ever before about Bruce Wayne’s origins and the reasons for his compulsions. Now it is the Joker’s turn, although his past is handled entirely with dialogue, not flashbacks. There are no references to Batman’s childhood, but we certainly remember it, and we realize that this conflict is between two adults who were twisted by childhood cruelty — one compensating by trying to do good, the other by trying to do evil. Perhaps they instinctively understand that themselves. Something fundamental seems to be happening in the upper realms of the comic-book movie. “Spider-Man II” (2004) may have defined the high point of the traditional film based on comic-book heroes. A movie like the new “Hellboy II” allows its director free rein for his fantastical visions. But now “Iron Man” and even more so “The Dark Knight” move the genre into deeper waters. They realize, as some comic-book readers instinctively do, that these stories touch on deep fears, traumas, fantasies and hopes. And the Batman legend, with its origins in film noir, is the most fruitful one for exploration. In his two Batman movies, Nolan has freed the character to be a canvas for a broader scope of human emotion. For Bruce Wayne is a deeply troubled man, let there be no doubt, and if ever in exile from his heroic role, it would not surprise me what he finds himself capable of doing.

  • July 16, 2008, 6:24 p.m. CST

    Allie McBeal and the Bernie Mac show won Peabody's too

    by jimmay

    Just saying.

  • July 16, 2008, 6:25 p.m. CST


    by dr sauch

    honestly, get out into the sunlight, and stop taking yourself so seriously.

  • July 16, 2008, 6:25 p.m. CST

    Jokes don't advance the plot

    by RenoNevada2000

    Who said they have to?

  • July 16, 2008, 6:26 p.m. CST

    I'm sure there will be no plot but lots of jokes.

    by drewlicious

    Sounds like Airplane. And every movie the Marx Brothers ever made. Now I'm not putting McFarlane's work in the same league as these giants but what I am saying is that if the jokes are consistently hilarious I won't mind. South Park's criticism is valid but...I about passed out when Joe got his legs back and had to leave in the hospital in a wheel chair anyway. "You mean you guys don't have poop bags? BONNIE. NOBODY ELSE HAS A POOP BAG."

  • July 16, 2008, 6:28 p.m. CST

    by JediWuddayaknow

    Personally, I would prefer it if they took a script for some movie that has NOTHING to do with family guy and just threw the characters in. That would at least be somewhat clever and unexpected. The show is probably the most lowbrow thing on tv, but it's still damn funny. It's better than the new Futurama movies, that's for damn sure.

  • July 16, 2008, 6:29 p.m. CST

    Seth McFarlane comes off like a smug douche.

    by bluebottle

    it's hard to like his show.

  • July 16, 2008, 6:32 p.m. CST


    by jimmay

    Yeah, that "Sex and the City" review was ridiculous. I'm not a fan of the show so I don't plan on seeing it, perhaps ever, but I wouldn't exactly relish the opportunity to bash it. That said, I do frequently revel in my hatred of anything from Michael Bay, so I guess we all have something we love to hate; I just wish the site had another television pundit to balance out Herc's overwhelming biases.

  • July 16, 2008, 6:43 p.m. CST

    Maybe they'll remake something

    by O_Goncho


  • July 16, 2008, 6:46 p.m. CST

    Read the 10 page outline: It's a snuff/ child porn ring/ timetra


    Stu's behind it. All the flashback jokes are nods to things that havent happened yet since everything flashs forward in time, so it's not funny until 6 years from now. Stu starts a child pornography service to kill pedophiles to sell snuff films to frame his mother.

  • July 16, 2008, 6:46 p.m. CST

    vel tale


  • July 16, 2008, 6:54 p.m. CST

    Seth's Other Work (American Dad)

    by ScottinDC

    Personally, I actually feel American Dad is usually considerably funnier than Family Guy (the writing doesn't seem as lazy - it doesn't rely on unrelated references to achieve a uses plot and character to do that). Novel concept. If you haven't seen it, check it's not perfect, but it can be damn funny.

  • July 16, 2008, 6:55 p.m. CST

    dr sauch

    by Kazzer

    come on doc, i take myself only about as seriously as lisa kudrow does! *clip of the the 'friends' cast sipping coffee with lisa kudrow doing something wacky, chandler shoots her in the head with a handgun, and says something characteristically sarcastic, like 'could you be less dead?"* see dr sauch, i'm emulating your hero now, i take nothing seriously, especially not producing art, so you're obligated to let me fuck you in your pimpled nerd ass *AS A JOKE*

  • July 16, 2008, 6:57 p.m. CST

    South Park doesnt matter.

    by LordEnigma

    Choke on it, Herc. Choke on it.

  • July 16, 2008, 7:07 p.m. CST

    Well, I'll be jugglefucked

    by Project424

    Will Stewie be in it? I like that kid, he's a riot.

  • July 16, 2008, 7:40 p.m. CST

    So, who needs a fucking plot?!

    by BurnHollywood

    No, mean there's people on this talkback who, an hour into the Simpsons movie, were actually saying to themselves, "Gosh, I sure hope Marge and Homer get back together again! And that Homer can prove himself a capable father to Bart! Oh, please let it be so!"<p> ...Or, as the credits rolled on that South Park opus, "Wowsers, I was really worried about Terance and Philip there for a while, I gotta tell ya!"<p> ...Or, during *any* "King Of The Hill" episode: "It sure puts a lump in the ol' throat every time Hank comes through for his annoying, pudgy gay son!"<p> No're actually investing time and/or money in a cartoon comedy seeking to be intellectually or emotionally challenged, or to leave with some sort of socially responsible, redeeming message to take to heart and enrich your life? "I laughed, but you know, I think I grew a little, too..."<p> Then buy a fucking clue...sentimentality and "responsibility" are the mortal enemies of comedy. Laugh first, wonder why later.

  • July 16, 2008, 7:49 p.m. CST

    Here's the thing with FG

    by Larry of Arabia

    The episodes don't stand up well to repeat viewings and the pop culture jokes are stale by now. Kind of like Shrek 2.

  • July 16, 2008, 7:50 p.m. CST

    That time I forgot to sit down....

    by SenatorJeffersonSmith

    and other hilarious 5-second jokes that fall flat or are so out there in TRYING to be politically incorrect that it ends up sounding more like a satire of shows that are politically incorrect...I can't believe they are making a movie out of this show. Fucking DVD sales be damned!!!!

  • July 16, 2008, 7:59 p.m. CST

    45 minute Chicken vs Peter fight scene?

    by br1947

    I just can't see this working well. Its too pop culture-ish, it'll be dated by the time it hits DVD. If they were going to do a theatrical, they should have used Blue Harvest because that at least has shelf life.

  • July 16, 2008, 8:05 p.m. CST

    Peter Griffen's chin looks like a nut-sac

    by Pum-Spak

    The success of the Simpsons is the only reason we have animated shows like SP and FG on TV. It is a very clever show. The lower tier characters of the Simpsons have more life in them than South Park and Family Guy combined. South Park is mean spirited, but very funny, and topical. Family Guy is a throw back to 80's marketing and basically anything random. Family Guy is not funny. Cheap, easy laughs.

  • July 16, 2008, 8:10 p.m. CST

    The idea the Manatees had for the Family Guy Movie:

    by expert_40

    1) Peter watching vintage porn<br><br>2) Meg loses 15 lbs<br><br>3) Quagmire says, "Giggity-giggity-goo!"<br><br>How to turn these ideas into a movie? Simple!<br><br>Peter gets turned onto 70's era porn by Quagmire, who says "Giggity-giggity-goo!" and tells Peter 70's porn is the best because he likes his woman to have big hairy-bushed poon-tangs. "Giggity-giggity-Awwww-right!"<br><br>So Peter watches Deep Throat first (and we see the real deep throat blow job), and demands that Lois deep-throats him, which she tries and is unable to do.<br><br>Meanwhile, Meg goes on a diet and loses 15 lbs and becomes a hotter, younger version of Lois. Quagmire says, "Giggity-giggity!" everytime he looks at her.<br><br>Upset that Lois can't deep throat him, Peter goes back to the box of 70's porn and finds Taboo II, and watches it. It is from this movie that he learns that incest is okay, and decides he wants to fuck his newly hot daughter.<br><br>So he seduces Meg and fucks her brains out, and since she used to be a big eater, she can deep-throat him.<br><br>Lois finds out, and cries on Chris's strong shoulders, and they fuck.<br><br>Quagmire watches all this through a window while jacking-off, and says, "Giggity-giggity-goo!"<br><br>And that's the fucking Family Guy Movie, entitled, Family Guy: We Fuck Each Other Now.<br><br>Oh, by the way, did I mention that Family Guy is a complete piece of shit show? The single most derivative and unoriginal piece of crap show in television history, and the first time they do something original on that show will be the first fucking time?<br><br>Fuck Family Guy... fuck them in the stupid asses. Family Guy wears fucking clown shoes, and if I saw Family Guy, I'd kick Family Guy's ass.<br><br>Fucking Seth McFarlane (who's a decent voice-over actor when he's not ripping off every show and movie in film and television history for his unfunny fucking show).<br><br>And most of all, fuck those fucking Manatees!<br><br>Thank you!

  • July 16, 2008, 8:14 p.m. CST

    And finally fuck yourself, expert 40

    by jimmay

    Christ, you're an ill-tempered, malignant little tumor.

  • July 16, 2008, 8:16 p.m. CST

    this is like that time

    by Napoleon Park

    when Fox cancelled Family Guy... except that was good news and this is bad.

  • July 16, 2008, 8:19 p.m. CST

    You either laugh...

    by BurnHollywood

    ...At a couple of opportunistic schmucks holding up an escape from the Death Star by trying to rescue a couch from the trash or you move on. Simple as that.<p> Me, I don't find endless scatalogical references and transgender surgery howlarious, so I kind of stopped watching "South Park". To each his own.

  • July 16, 2008, 8:20 p.m. CST

    yhis is like that time when American Dad debuted

    by Napoleon Park

    [and if these talkbacks were formattable then in all caps 72 point Impact font the entire post would be a quite from Jay Sherman:]<p>IT SUCKS!!!

  • July 16, 2008, 8:22 p.m. CST

    This is like that episode of Family Guy that didn't suck

    by Napoleon Park

    This is like that episode of Family Guy that didn't suck.<p>Oh, wait, no such episode was ever made or written.

  • July 16, 2008, 8:24 p.m. CST

    Fucking manatees.

    by DarthCorleone

    This show is shit.

  • July 16, 2008, 8:25 p.m. CST

    actually, LIVE ACTION

    by Napoleon Park

    Think about it. What the thing they can't do on the cartoon show? Recast all the characters with live actors. The only question is, how to do Brian? with a real dog (ala Underdog) or with CGI.<p>Or Peter could back out of the driveway and run him over in the opening scene - problem solved.

  • July 16, 2008, 8:43 p.m. CST


    by expert_40

    ... if you're such a fan of Family Guy, how come you didn't appreciate my over the top use of topical humor and gross-out gags, all with an extreme sense of sarcasm and bombastic, hit you over the head sense of being totally out of proportion with my humor?<br><br>Isn't that what you people like?<br><br>What, you didn't appreciate my very unsubtle homage to Jay and Silent Bob Strikes Back?<br><br>Isn't that the kind of overly obvious schtick you enjoy?

  • July 16, 2008, 8:44 p.m. CST

    MacFarlane = mastermind?

    by Crimson Dynamo

    He gets two shows and a movie? Let someone else have a crack at making a crappy cartoon

  • July 16, 2008, 8:45 p.m. CST


    by Kazzer

    it's not that i don't agree to all your critiques on TV now, there's no question about the state of modern tv being in a dire, boring, self-involved mess. yes, why the hell should the audience care if marge gets back with homer, or hank stands up for his gay son, it's a one trick pony that's been beaten to death. if it were good art, the audience should care. You care about character billy elliot, you hate the decadence of great gatsby, you feel conflicted about hitchcock's characters, or about the mafioso in godfather. that's good art, man, because it illicits a sentiment, and taks about some aspect of society. you're an idiot because you suggest responsibility and sentiment are the enemies of art and comedy. some of the greatest stand-up, bill hicks, george carlin and pat tiernan, it may have been irreverant and even mean-spirited at times, but it was COMPLETELY IN SOCIAL CONTEXT. by your humor compass, the people most lacking in responsibility and sentiment, addicts and soldiers, should be the funniest, and yet THEY'RE NOT. from what i'm hearing, your solution to the problems of marge and homer or hank and his gay son is not to make it fresh and make the audience care about it, it's LET'S PUT SOME RANDOM HUMOR IN THERE BECAUSE I GREW UP ON MONTY PYTHON. hank molests his son, and marge gets cerebral palsy, you think that's the answer? all this 'i'm too afraid to care' shit is why simpsons went down the shitter in the first place. it's none of my business if your dad beat your ass every time you cried and the end of ET and so you're afraid of appearing the faggot, but don't let it pollute your opinions on art and comedy you HUMORLESS CUNT (borrowed phrase)

  • July 16, 2008, 8:56 p.m. CST


    by jimmay

    If you'd read my earlier posts, do try to keep up with us here, you'd see I'm really not that huge a fan. I just hate these sad little cross-burning festivals that go on every time a story about McFarlane or Family Guy is brought up. And ironically invoking Jay and Silent Bob? Doesn't really work when 80% of the posters here and elsewhere are dead serious ringers for the comic internet jerk archetype. Besides, just what point are you trying to make? Attacking bad comedy by using another form of bad comedy? Mission accomplished.

  • July 16, 2008, 9:16 p.m. CST

    remember that time when i fucked george bush up the ass?

    by bacci40

    i will hate what i want to first, family guy was funny...and it was great that fans were able to force fox to bring it back to the airwaves...but the show is now stagnant as we come to learn that seth is a one trick a robot chicken movie...thats what im waiting for...seth green is the funniest midget on the planet...and has the hottest gf...i want to smell his fingers

  • It's a re-conception of the original. We're introducing a whole group of new kids. What we always try to do is add a little bit of freshness to these movies that were really scary back then and update them for a new audience." "I haven't seen the director's cut because he's still cutting, but I know this one will really be scary; it's also funny, as well. It's a fun college adventure that goes awry." He added that plots from the first two "Friday the 13th" films have been used in the remake. want proof there is no god? stan winston is dead, this fuck is still walking around with great hair

  • July 16, 2008, 9:28 p.m. CST

    wow...and this is hate?

    by Bouncy X

    for a show thats supposedly so terrible and hated, there are sure a lot of people willingly taking the time and effort to simply say how much they dont like it.

  • July 16, 2008, 9:29 p.m. CST

    Wall Of Text Crits you for 2800

    by smackfu

  • July 16, 2008, 9:35 p.m. CST

    Will Herbert finally consumate his relationship with Chris?

    by Bobo_Vision

    I think thats his name...Herbert. The popsicle dude.

  • July 16, 2008, 9:37 p.m. CST

    hey Seth McFarlane

    by zooch

    Spreading yourself a little thin?

  • July 16, 2008, 9:37 p.m. CST

    That reminds me of the time

    by Bricktops hammer

    Oh, what? no clip. Thought we had a clip...

  • July 16, 2008, 10:07 p.m. CST

    The "Movie Movie" movies already have the McFarlane comic touch

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Rote replication. Plus fart jokes.

  • July 16, 2008, 10:10 p.m. CST

    Quagmire is the best thing about Family Guy

    by binary

    And I directly attribute the show's decline of late to his almost total lack of screen time.

  • July 16, 2008, 10:13 p.m. CST

    If it's anything like the first Family Guy movie

    by phantom_of_teh_paradise

    I'll pass. What a piece of shit that was. And they dropped F-bombs in it...didn't make it any funnier. I think this is a terrible idea and it'll make a billion dollars and blah blah blah blah

  • July 16, 2008, 10:21 p.m. CST

    Oh, piss off, Kazzer.

    by BurnHollywood

    You're a long-winded, grammatically challenged pseudo-intellectual. And um, THE GREAT GATSBY and THE GODFATHER? Not funny. Honestly. Didn't chuckle once at either.

  • July 16, 2008, 10:41 p.m. CST

    Can't wait for these quality gags!

    by fastcars

    1. Everything's fine. Everything's fine. Everything's fine. VIOLENCE. 3. Everything's fine. Everything's fine. Everything's fine. SCREAMING. 3. See, I'm, uh...having an's funny...uh...because it' know...long 4. Pop culture reference? Pop culture reference! Pop culture reference? Pop culture reference! 5. Chicken fight chicken fight chicken fight chicken fight chicken fight chicken fight Chicken fight chicken fight chicken fight chicken fight chicken fight chicken fight

  • July 16, 2008, 11:17 p.m. CST


    by Dijjot

    both sp and family guy have episodes that are fucking cringe worthy. and some laughable ones. bitter assholes.

  • July 16, 2008, 11:18 p.m. CST

    Count Duckula movie.

    by Series7

    Would be SWEET! Or a Danger Mouse movie. <P> Whatever, Family Guy is funny as shit, and American Dad got a lot funnier in the second season. Seems no one here saw it. If you don't think Seth can write a plot you aren't watching American Dad, they did this funny as hell Bond rip off. <P> I think anyone who is upset about Family Guy still being on the air are all whinny Arrested Development fans who are upset there show didn't come back. Also Seth is an arrogent asshole but he is very smart and whenever he talks he pretty much slams FOX, kind of like Matt Groening does except Seth will point fingers. That scene at the start of their comeback show (South By South Quehog) where Peter list all the shows that failed in between the time they where off the air was classic. And on the 100 episode where Seth says at the end, well maybe next time they won't fucking cancel it for 2 years. Also Seth actually tries to do things for the fans, such as try to get the show back on the air. I never heard about David Cross or Bateman pushing real hard to get Development back. Also those people who complain about the dumb repetitious plots of family guy, developments are just the same. Micheal wants to do something, one of his piece of shit family members ruins it, Micheal kind of saves the situation, everyone wants more money. Repeat, plus that show had its moments but I don't enjoy episodes ever a second time. With family guy its like big stupid trivia contest sometimes. There are a lot more shows to be angry about being on the air, Family Guy isn't one of them. Just be fucking Happy its not the mid 90s and the only cartoon on TV was the Simpsons (and maybe Duckman or the Critic). You don't like Family Guy, and you probably don't like pot.

  • July 16, 2008, 11:28 p.m. CST

    What I do hate

    by Series7

    Are my idiot Co-workers who watch TBS and tell me how they just saw a new episode on it. I caught my roommate watching the VERY FIRST EPISODE and he was trying to tell me it was a new episode. I don't get the whole deal of shitty syndication channels playing up the fact that they are the home for old shows, or HBO shows. Who watches those channels??? well my co-workers. <P> Also how I like how Seth almost was in one of the 9-11 planes and didn't act like a oh so traumatized person about it, he was like, eh its like almost walking onto the street nearly getting hit by a bus.

  • July 16, 2008, 11:35 p.m. CST


    by Kazzer

    what, you didn't laugh when you read the wikipedia entry for gatsby and godfather? why not? not enough funny citations? kiss my ass

  • July 16, 2008, 11:50 p.m. CST

    gotta like one or the other

    by Napoleon Park

    the idea that you have to pick/chose between Family Guy and South park like they were Marvel and DC or Elvis and the Beatles is bogus.<p>Defecation into your oral cavity or urination onto your ocular organs, pick one. No, it's okay to not want either. And, yes, both were funny... at one time.

  • Sure I still liked it, but c'mon that was no fucking movie...

  • July 17, 2008, 12:06 a.m. CST

    The Guy Who Slept Through Everything

    by shodan6672

    Way to criticize, word-for-word, Family Guy in the same way South Park did. Additionally, I like both shows. I dont know either creator of either show and could care less if they like each other's shows.

  • July 17, 2008, 12:08 a.m. CST


    by shodan6672

    I agree with your irritation with the TBS Family Guy fans. The worst thing TBS does, though, is stretch the image in their "HD" broadcast of the show.

  • July 17, 2008, 12:16 a.m. CST

    God TBS

    by Series7

    is what we should be mad about here. And AMC....until Mad Men came along, I say they should just give it to TCM, and Breaking Bad.

  • July 17, 2008, 12:19 a.m. CST


    by Series7

    Dude a majority of people who watch family miss the references to begin with. Do you think any of them have seen Anchors Away? THANK GOD Adult Swim pointed that out for us. Also anyone who's memorized A New Hope and took the time out of WOW to watch Blue Harvest and didn't laugh at the line, Get kid. Now Don't get penisy. Then may Allah have mercy on your soul.

  • July 17, 2008, 1:25 a.m. CST

    Don't like the idea of a family Guy movie?

    by DirkD13"

    Well go on the internet and complain about it. Hang on.... Love this show, it makes me laugh, and when it comes to a comedy programme, that's all I ask for. Seth Macfarlane also signed a $100 million contract to keep this, American Dad and the soon to be released The Cleveland Show on air till 2012, so maybe he's doing something right.

  • July 17, 2008, 2:13 a.m. CST

    Oh is it cool to hate Family Guy now?

    by andrew coleman

    I hate how people have to PICK SIDES!!! Why can't someone just sit back enjoy a couple jokes. People are too extreme "Family Guy is fucking stupid!" Are you jealous that McFarlane is now like rich as fuck while you sit around beating off to Victoria's Secret magazine. People need to get lives. You can like shows or not like shows and not have to be extreme about it. Guess what I watch South Park, American Dad, Family Guy and Simpsons... OMFG I didn't pick a side!!!

  • July 17, 2008, 2:21 a.m. CST

    Stewie and Brian should have their own show

    by Prossor

    these two have chemistry

  • July 17, 2008, 2:25 a.m. CST

    Has anyone mentioned

    by Pancho Straight

    that Syphillis MacFartlane is not a likable person and that, oh yeah, Family Guy has really sucked the last couple of seasons.

  • July 17, 2008, 6:01 a.m. CST

    This film...

    by davebaxter1989

    ...will be fucking fantastic!!!!

  • July 17, 2008, 7:07 a.m. CST

    about Family Guy not aging well....

    by Bouncy X

    i can see it maybe many years down the line, at least for new viewers, fans will already get most of the things i figure but as of right now the show's already 9yrs old and even when season 1 episodes play, the references still work. i mean sure there are many modern references that may not ring as well but many are much older than the show itself and are part of pop culture and whatnot so there will always be people who get it. i suddenly feel weird though about that Anchor's Away thing...i recognized it the first time i saw it, i even laughed at the fact if you look carefully at Stewie's reflection on the floor, they didnt bother to change it so its still Jerry. anyway....if you dont like the show, dont see the movie and problem solved.

  • July 17, 2008, 9:09 a.m. CST


    by GaiustheBrave

    I can't wait 'til it comes on Cinemax, preferably right before some soft core.

  • July 17, 2008, 9:30 a.m. CST

    They should re-boot Superman

    by samurai sark

    I was just thinking about it and, c'mon, Superman can't have a kid.

  • July 17, 2008, 9:48 a.m. CST

    Family Guy: Curse of the Kool-Aid Guy

    by ArcadianDS

    At least 15 minutes of the movie will be devoted to the Kool-Aid Guy randomly busting into buildings. Sadly, these 15 minutes will be spread out into an endless peppering of 1 minute appearances at every opportunity.

  • July 17, 2008, 10:26 a.m. CST

    Oh Yay! I can't Waaaaiiitt!

    by conspiracy

    to pay $12 to see 1 1/2 hours of what I see for free every week! Family guy can be funny at times, but not $12 funny.

  • July 17, 2008, 10:53 a.m. CST

    dont want to be branded a "hater"

    by RockLobster800

    but seriosuly guys, Family Guy has worn out its welcome...the first four seasons were genius, but then it got ridiculously repetitve and started doing things JUST for shock value (mother teresa overdosing, anthing involving herbert, the most worn out joke EVER)....the show used to be genuinely funny and yeah, offensive, but it was so well done I didnt care what they came out with,and the randomness and irrelvance seemed fresh and kept you on your toes-now it just drones on, same old same old...the last genuinely funny one was the Dingo and The Baby episode-I'll admit, that was class...but since then, it has just ran out of steam. It could have had a gutsy ending with that story of Stewie actually taking over the world when Peter kills him at the end-if Stewie had actually stayed dead, and that was the end of Family Guy I would tip my hat to Seth, as it would have been an ending you never saw coming that would have been actually quite appropriate. But nooooo....the show goes on.

  • July 17, 2008, 11:17 a.m. CST

    Family Guy: Falling Ratings

    by ScottinDC

    I think the one thing on Seth's mind should be the declining ratings of Family Guy. It started out strong; but now is in 3rd place in its time slot behind Dateline and Cold Case (weekly Nielsen ratings). And given the amount of people showing FG hate on this board, the ratings make more sense.

  • July 17, 2008, 12:40 p.m. CST

    Star Wars parodies

    by ArcadianDS

    Robot Chicken wins. There's no need for further parodies.

  • July 17, 2008, 12:53 p.m. CST

    Important shocker

    by mr_l_74

    I have some shocking news to fanboys you can like both SP and FG and Simpsons also you can watch Lost and Heroes Marvel and DC I know this comes to shock to some but you be ok

  • July 17, 2008, 1:27 p.m. CST

    Here's the main problem with not having a plot

    by TallBoy66

    Is because when the random cuttaway gags bomb, or the longggggggg idle moments, it makes the show seem that much weaker. And the ratio of good cutaway gags to bad cutaway gags is slipping over the course of time. Despite what Family Guy defenders maintain, you DO need SOMETHING to hang the whole thing on, or else it crumbles. Family Guy can work, and sometimes really well, but it seems to work that much harder nowadays for a laugh.

  • July 17, 2008, 3:09 p.m. CST

    Family Guy is ok but...

    by andyny29

    it's a total ripoff of The Simpsons.

  • July 17, 2008, 3:19 p.m. CST

    The South Park movie is...

    by DanielKurland

    still one of the funniest movies I've ever seen, and Imaginationland is right up with there. Cartoons that need a movie more than this one: Venture Bros., Home Movies, King of the Hill, Futurama, American Dad.

  • July 17, 2008, 6:06 p.m. CST

    Family Guy Is Fucking Hilarious, South Park Not So Much

    by LaserPants

    South Park has a handful of funny episodes, and then MOUNTAINS of terrible ones. Plus they only manage to make like, what, 6 episodes a year? Whilst McFarland pumps out like 26 Family Guys, 26 American Dads, and then also does work on Robot Chicken. The humor may be rooted in non-sequitors, but the shows are always packed to the gills with hilarious jokes that I laugh at until I cry. Each episode of SOUTH PARK features one joke, repeated endlessly, usually informed by some kind of politically retarded half-assed neocon frat guy propaganda that makes no sense. The rest of the humor rests solely on the fact that Cartman has a funny voice. I mean, SOUTH PARK does have some funny episodes, usually about one good one per season, whereas FAMILY GUY is consistently and relentlessly funny.

  • July 17, 2008, 6:54 p.m. CST

    This could be good...

    by _Maltheus_

    ...but probably not. Most shows don't translate well to the big screen. South Park was the only show to do it successfully, IMO. I was crying with laughter during that movie. I'm not sure that Trey could manage another these days though. I will predict that the Family Guy movie will be better than the Simpsons movie. Granted, not a high hurdle.

  • July 17, 2008, 7:31 p.m. CST

    I liked Family until I heard it Sucked

    by Mundungus

    Jezz now it's just a quilty pleasure I guess. <p> Oh shit, maybe everything I like sucks? <p> Damn you aicn Talkbacks. God Damn You to hell.

  • July 17, 2008, 7:32 p.m. CST

    I liked Family Guy,,, damn

    by Mundungus

  • July 17, 2008, 8:09 p.m. CST

    South Park? Please.

    by RockMSockM

    It's more or less the same show rewritten slightly episode after episode.... they really have no right to criticize Family Guy. Oh wait--could it be that the creators of South Park are jealous that Family Guy is more relevant and popular among today's TV audiences--kind of the way South Park was 7 years ago? Time marches on, South Park--there's always going to be "the next big thing." The least you could do is age gracefully.

  • July 17, 2008, 10:14 p.m. CST

    Family Guy will be dated "in a few years"...?

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    It was ridiculously dated from DAY ONE, unless you found references to The Incredible Hulk, The Brady Bunch, The Great Space Coaster and Happy Days in *1999* to be up-to-date cultural riffing. People can hate on the Shrek movies all they want, but at least most of the references were to movies and TV shows released within at most a few years back. Yeah Seth, EVERYONE's going to get it when Stewie says "Oooo, ooooo, look at me...!", then sips a can of cola while smiling at the camera in slow motion(???).