Seth MacFarlane Reveals Plans for FAMILY GUY Movie, Contest for Film Students, and Previous Oscar Hosts

     November 30, 2012


I applaud Seth MacFarlane for deciding to not make a Family Guy movie his first feature even though I’m sure 20th Century Fox would have leaped at recreating the success they had with The Simpsons Movie.  However, a Family Guy movie is on the mind of the host of next year’s Oscars.  Speaking to a group of UCLA students to kick off “The Oscar Experience College Search” (which looks for college kids interested in pursuing film careers, and will also let them be the ones to hand off the Oscars at the ceremony), McFarlane was asked about his plans for a Family Guy movie.

Hit the jump to check out what he had to say as well as his thoughts on previous Oscar hosts.

seth-macfarlane-family-guyMacFarlane told the crowd that it’s just a matter of time before Family Guy hits the big screen, but “It’s hard to do that while you have the series going on at the same time,” EW reports. “I think that’s why it took The Simpsons 20 seasons to figure out how to do it.”  He continued:

“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.”

Seth-MacFarlane-Ted-movieThe challenge is budget.  Mainstream animated film in the United States cost a lot of money, and so they’re universally rated PG-13 or lower (and the only PG-13 ones in recent memory are The Simpsons Movie and 9).  I’d be shocked if MacFarlane didn’t want to go hard-R for his Family Guy film (I’d also be surprised if the movie wasn’t a musical since MacFarlane seems to have a penchant for the genre).

Moving on from Family Guy, MacFarlane spoke about previous Oscar hosts who were perceived as flops, but who he saw as “noble failures”.  Speaking about David Letterman‘s panned hosting gig in 1995, MacFarlane said:

“Letterman was not well received when he hosted the Oscars,” he went on. “But I loved it. I remember watching that and thinking, ‘He’s doing something fresh,’ which is always a good thing. That’s going to be the challenge. And if I can do it without torpedoing my career and getting drummed out of the business … then that would be good, too. All I can do is work my very best.”

We’ll see if his best is good enough when the 85th Academy Awards airs on February 24, 2013.

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  • Bob

    Hear me out MacFarlane……get talking with James Gun/Marvel Studios and become Rocket Raccoon. You would be so perfect for that character. Really would be so awesome if he did this. I wonder if he’s thought about it, or like someone from Marvel has contacted him for it; or his agents or whatever there called are looking at the project. Cause he would be so good as that character I think.

    Oh, and bring on a Family Guy movie. Family Guy is a classic show, and is still hilarious. I would definetly go see the movie for it.

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  • Prom Night Dumpster Baby

    Hey Seth, you should ask Matt Stone and Trey Parker how to do a hilarious movie (musical none the less) and still keep your seasons going without a hitch. Hopefully the manatees are down for some overtime.

    • dogg

      The manatees have been out writing Stone and Parker for a few years now. The boys brag about making an episode in a few days, but it shows.

  • TotesMcGotes

    I really liked Family Guy,I even liked some of the post-cancellation seasons. But since season 9 (and some of 7 and 8,really) the show has really lost steam. Season 9 and 10 had few bright spots to them. I haven’t watched any of 11 yet,but if it’s on the same level as 9 and 10,I hope they cancel it soon. We don’t need another Simpsons.

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  • J

    American Dad is soooo much funnier. Roger FTW.