According to influential Family Guy creator, Seth MacFarlane, a theatrically-released feature film about Rhode Island’s most famous cartoon family is inevitable – “it’s just a matter of when”.
MacFarlane was asked the question about whether the cynical talking dog and matricide-fixated baby of the Griffin household would ever appear on the big screen [not to be confused with his straight-to-DVD Family Guy spinoffs] during a talk at Californian university, UCLA, and told the students: “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 Simpsons 20 seasons to figure out how to [make a feature-length film].”
MacFarlane said, “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.”
Well that certainly has piqued our curiosity. It’s not as though MacFarlane is a complete novice in feature film making. He experienced massive box office success with his directorial debut starring Mark Wahlberg and his own voice as a sweary green screen children’s toy with Ted
His next live action role will be playing host of the 85th annual Academy Awards in February 2013, which can only be an improvement on the James Franco and Anne Hathaway-fronted weird-fest that was this year’s Oscars ceremony.