Family Guy owes a lot to the Simpsons. I don’t think that is such a bad thing, and neither does Seth MacFarlane it seems, as he plans to follow in Matt Groening’s footsteps once again. Just, he implies, better.
MacFarlane has given a presentation to UCLA students, and it’s been quoted by EW. Here he is on the inevitability of a Family Guy movie, and on why it will be worthwhile.
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 Simpsons 20 seasons to figure out how to do it.
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 impossible to do on TV.
MacFarlane seems to be saying that the story is so big that it would take a cinema screen to contain it. I doubt the distinction is anything to do with the idea being ‘too rude.’ Does he mean the plot is just longer? Is it the scale of the action? He refused to elaborate.
I for one am happy. I like MacFarlane* and his sense of humour plenty. His work has quite a few vocal detractors, but I don’t think there’s anything like enough to stop Family Guy being a huge hit on the big screen.
As he said, it’s only a matter of when.
*Even if he did stand me up for an interview that one time