Seth MacFarlane Teases a Family Guy Movie

'It will be something that would be impossible to do on TV,' says the show's creator.

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani

Is anyone else kind of amazed at the longevity of Seth MacFarlane's "Family Guy?" The irreverent and controversial animated series, which over the years has evolved from a traditional sitcom parody to a strange sketch comedy crossbreed, was cancelled back in 2001, only to be revived in 2004 after a healthy revival of audience interest on home video. In the years that followed, the series became one of Fox's signature programs, the show's creator, Seth MacFarlane, directed a hit movie and has been hired to host the Academy Awards, and now, perhaps, it is finally – finally – time for a movie.

"It's just a matter of when," MacFarlane tells Entertainment Weekly. "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."

But Seth MacFarlane wasn't entirely satisfied with "The Simpsons'" approach to adapting their animated series to the big screen. "We do know what the 'Famlly 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."

Seth MacFarlane refused to elaborate on what his approach to a "Family Guy" movie would be. What is it, exactly, that "Family Guy" can't do on television? Seth MacFarlane could base his storyline specfically on a feature length running time, throw money at special effects, or even switch to a live-action format, but each of those options seems too simple for a series that's famous for pushing buttons.

About the only thing we can imagine "Family Guy" doing that Fox wouldn't allow on national television, besides dropping tons of f-bombs, would be turn the feature film into hardcore pornography. And damn it, that's already been done.

What do you think it could be? Let us know in the comments below.


William Bibbiani is the editor of CraveOnline's Film Channel and co-host of The B-Movies Podcast. Follow him on Twitter at @WilliamBibbiani