Seth MacFarlane talks Family Guy movie

"It's a just a matter of when..."

Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane has confirmed that a movie outing for the foul-mouthed, animated TV family is currently in the works.

Probed by a classroom of UCLA students - at an event to publicise a contest that gives university attendees the chance to join him on stage when he hosts the Oscars next year - he admitted, “It’s just a matter of when”.

Since it began in 1999, MacFarlane’s animated sitcom has often been accused of lifting the format laid-out by The Simpsons, which finally hit the big screen after almost 20 years on the air in 2007. But, when it comes to the move to celluloid, Macfarlane wants to learn from his predecessor’s mistakes.

The SimpsonsMovie, I thought, was hilarious, but the one criticism I would have is that it’s a story they probably could’ve done on TV”, 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.”

Trying not to give too much away, a coy Macfarlane added, “I can’t tell you what that this”.

So what, the mind wonders, could “that” be?

Despite constantly being harangued by petitions from the easily offended calling for the show to be dropped from the schedules, Family Guy has built its huge fan base on no-holds-barred crudity.

Does Macfarlane plan to go even further? What depths of sick-joke depravity will Family Guy: The Movie unleash?

Only time will tell. But one thing’s for certain - it’s sure to be a massive hit.

MacFarlane’s 2012 directorial debut, Ted, was a summer box office smash. But choosing to affect the same Bostonian brogue for his pothead teddy bear as he usually does for Family Guy patriarch Peter Griffin, only reminded fans of the animated movie that wasn’t.

A filmic Family Guy romp could make the $200m-odd Tedmade look like chump change.

Do you reckon Family Guy: The Movie will be filthier than the TV show? Will it leave Ted in the dust? Let us know in the comments section below.


    • Ali1748

      Nov 30th 2012, 19:17

      Ted was hilarious, if it turns out anything like that I'll be happy.

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    • jhonny84

      Dec 1st 2012, 1:09

      try this for an idea john goodman has the father jodie foster has the mother seth macfarlane hasthe dog asalways voice over any ideas for the 3 children people

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    • smellyhands

      Dec 1st 2012, 2:24

      "You think thats bad! Remember the time I won a date to Mexico with Gary Coleman?" That episode of South Park really put Family in its place.

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    • Hadouken76

      Dec 1st 2012, 9:42

      Mcfarlane doesn't even need to voice it, just use the out-takes from Ted.

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    • FBALeal

      Dec 1st 2012, 14:08

      Are we to assume that it will be animated? I am.

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    • Ali1748

      Dec 2nd 2012, 17:33

      No it will be stop motion.

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    • nkutzler

      Dec 2nd 2012, 23:19

      I've preferred the live action projects that MacFarlane takes part in: Ted, SNL, the Live performances. They all have some great things going for them, and a lot of talent (there's a point where you prefer to see Mila Kunis, and not just hear her as Meg). The animation is seeming a little stale, mostly because a lot of episodes are exposition for a 20-minute plot now. My word of advice: try to stay away from the time machine with any FG movie. It's been done to death, almost like that's the only thing that connects modern Stewie to intellectual Stewie. I think there may be something like 4 time episodes in the latest season (just don't take my word on that).

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