Lois (Princess Leia): Aren't you a little fat to be a stormtrooper? Chris (Luke Skywalker): Well, stay here and rot, you stuck-up bitch!
  • OVERALL
    4.0
    GREAT
  • Feature
  • Picture
  • Sound
  • Extras
  • Replay Value
THE GOOD
Definitely the first half of this trilogy, meaning all of Blue Harvest, and half of Something, Something, Something Dark Side. It seemed like that was when the best jokes occurred, and didn't fall back on a simple "f*ck" or "sh*t" to try to get a laugh out of you. The trilogy did an excellent job skewing the original 4-6 episodes, and Stewie of course stole the show as Darth Vader. Every single moment he was on screen had me cracking up (particularly in Something, Something, when he takes a baseball bat to Spock's space floating mailbox from a window of the Super Star Destroyer lol). The stand out comedic sequence in Blue Harvest had to be the mock "Time of my Life" song they ripped from Dirty Dancing. And even though the jokes run kind of flat by the end, the trilogy NEVER becomes boring. Seriously, it's all good stuff, just the former half is better.

If anything, I'm duly impressed at how far animation has come that they can rip off Star Wars and make it look pretty good at the same time. The blend between hand drawn and computer graphics is virtually seemless, and besides the constant jokes, it is as thrilling as the movies they're based on. The trilogy is at it's best in It's a Trap, particularly the literal bike chase on Endor. That's a prime example of how fluid and seamless they made traditional and digital animation go together, which is ironic, considering that chase sequence in Return of the Jedi was also pretty damn impressive for the time (and still holds up fairly well to this day).
THE BAD
As I said on the good side, it seemed like the latter half of the trilogy, they just phoned it in with the jokes. Instead of being creative like the "Time of My Life" sequence or Peter wearing a Kabbala bracelet, we get "f*ck you's" and other cruder jokes. While those are funny to some degree, I always give more credit when they try to go for the less obvious gags that don't require a shock value to them.

And while it was funny that they made Meg a monster of some sort, it got a bit tired once It's a Trap rolled around and she was the sand monster. I also didn't like the bit where they all nodded to each other on Jabba the Hutt's sail barge, like they did in Jedi. I know they were just exaggerating, but after a while I was like "ah come on guys, the joke isn't that funny". Then they did it again when they spoofed how Boba Fett got bitched the way he did in Jedi (I get it, but it's still not that funny to me). But, these are relatively small complaints, as I really did thoroughly enjoy the entire experience.
THE FEATURE
Family Guy: Blue Harvest covers Stars Wars: A New Hope. We follow Luke Skywalker, played by Chris (Seth Green), and Obi Wan, played by the pedophile Herbert, and the gang as they re-enact the first movie (with many, many hilarious detours). What I found intriguing was that I actually preferred this one hour run time of the story over the original, as I like A New Hope the least out of the original trilogy. Still a fantastic movie, a true Sci-Fi classic, but some scenes just seemed dull to me (such as the Tatooine desert bits). Blue Harvest manages to make these more then tolerable through gags like spoofing the Grey Poupon commercial with the sand people, or showing composer John Williams and his orchestra doing the People's Court theme song.

Family Guy: Something, Something, Something Dark Side covers the events of Empire Strikes Back. Instead the ice giant on Hoth, we get a character from Sesame Street, and the planet has retired comedians roaming its wastelands. The best moment from this spoof had to be when Han Solo (Peter) is frozen, and what he tells Leia before it happens and the pose he does right before he freezes is just classic. I loved how they dissed on the way Empire ended as well, as I always found the spot where it concluded to be odd myself, leaving me with too many questions, and it's great how Chris/Luke speaks on that, and the alternate ending they do instead is brilliant.

Family Guy: It's a Trap covers the final installment, Return of the Jedi, and ironically, like the movie (or at least by some people's opinions, personally not my own, I loved Jedi), Trap is the weakest of the three. Though the animation is at it's best (and strangely, only this third act took advantage of my 47 inch Vizio, filling the entire screen. The other 2 had black bars on the sides), the jokes are at their weakest. I suppose that was fitting though, as I guess they were making a point of how many felt Jedi was weak. I loved that they brought back the Hispanic cleaning lady's voice for it though, in the form of the eyeball guard at Jabba's palace at the door, that might have actually been the funniest moment for me in the last part. And though not as strong as the first 2 parts, it effectively wrapped up quite an awesome spoof of the original trilogy, and made me satisfied in my purchase of the Blu Ray set.
THE EXTRAS
On Blue Harvest, you have an audio commentary you can listen to with Seth McFarlane, and some of the writers, editors, director, and producers of the movie. There is also a 'making of' featurette, and a conversation with George Lucas himself on Star Wars.

On Something, Something, Something Dark Side, again you have the audio commentary with Seth McFarlane, some of the crew, and Seth Green as well. There wasn't much else worth noting, besides the Digital Copy it also comes with.

It's a Trap has a funny "A Very Special Message from Darth Stewie" special on it, sock puppet outtakes (once you watch the movie, you get what that means), audio commentary again, and "Making the Scene".
THE VIDEO
Now this is the part that bothered me...

Even though it's on Blu Ray, Blue Harvest and Something, Something, Something Dark Side are still presented in Full Screen 1.33:1 (the black bars running vertically on your television).

It's a Trap is presented in Widescreen 1.78:1 (taking up the entirety of your television, if you have a widescreen TV like I do).

But, even though I don't understand why the first two are presented that way, not syncing up with the last, they all look crisp and sharp and as perfect as Blu Ray can deliver. Blu Ray brings out the coloring in animation beautifully, and I definitely prefer it over DVD.
THE AUDIO
Audio is presented in 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio on all three features. All three can do subtitles in Spanish, French, English as well.
THE PACKAGE
The box set it comes in can easily be scuffed up, as it's just flimsy, slim cardboard, but it does look glossy, and the mock up as Stewie as Darth Vader on the front with the black and blue half and half is funny and stylish, along with the back art of the rest of the gang in various poses. Each Blu Ray case itself is much more impressive, each one ripping on the iconic poses made by the actors in the actual movies using the Family Guy characters. Big fan of the clear blue used on Blu Ray cases, as well, it looks infinitely more stylish and collectible then the bulkier DVD cousin.
THE FINAL WORD
Overall, Laugh it Up Fuzzball is definitely worth buying if you're looking to expand your Blu Ray collection and enjoy Family Guy. It's definitely re-watchable, and a must own for anyone who grew up and adored the original Star Wars trilogy.

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Comments (24)

  1. Dan

    @thedude-abides If you're an Official, when you do DVD/BluRay reviews, you get to divide your review out into sections :)

    3 years agoby @dan1Flag

  2. thedude-abides

    Whoa. How did u get the split screen Good v Bad? That was an awesome touch. I love Family Guy, but as u probably already know, I don't watch much t.v. This is something I've been wanting to see for some time. After reading this, I think I'll finally make a concerted effort to watch. Great review, as always.

    3 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  3. Corey W.

    @dan1: Yeah, that actually seems like a smarter way to write DVD reviews. I'm planning on writing a review for all six season DVDs for "Lost", so now would be a good time to start. :D

    3 years agoby @coreyFlag

  4. skywise

    @dan1 That really will be epic man, and i cant wait to read your opinion on the whole series. I recently rewatched them all prepareing for the big showdown.

    3 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  5. Dan

    @skywise Actually, what I plan on doing with the HP series (I know I've reviewed two of them, but that doesn't mean I can't revisit and extrapolate my thoughts) is waiting for the big Blu Ray box set that has all of them, and knock all 8 of them out in a super review on the box set. It's going to be beyond epic of a review.

    3 years agoby @dan1Flag

  6. skywise

    well if there are different teams of people working on different installments of a movie franchise ala Harry potter then each film really deserves its own review.

    3 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  7. Diaigma

    That's exactly how I would do it, or with certifiable stand alone films that will never have a (theatrical) sequel.

    3 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  8. Dan

    @corey I'll give you a tip I follow, since I have that same problem. Reserve DVD/Blu Ray reviews for trilogies/tv shows/miniseries. It's much easier to talk about everything and fill that space up with multiple episodes to talk about instead of a singular one show/movie. I'm only doing tv shows/miniseries for these type of reviews.

    3 years agoby @dan1Flag

  9. Corey W.

    Great review, sir! I've never given the series a watch myself, either. I love Family Guy but for some reason I haven't even thought of seeing these. Your review makes me want to though. Great DVD review. I'm terrible at writing DVD reviews in this format, though. Everytime I do I feel like it isn't filled up enough in each box. I need to find the right DVD, I guess. One like this, a series, y'know?

    3 years agoby @coreyFlag

  10. Diaigma

    Tightness. That's all I can say :P

    3 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  11. Dan

    @diaigma Thanks, old friend :)

    Next up, review for the 1st season of The Walking Dead on Blu Ray, right after I watch all the episodes again and check out all the special features.

    3 years agoby @dan1Flag

  12. Diaigma

    Excellent review! Such an awesome parody, and an equally awesome review. Well done, my ol' MW pal! :D

    3 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  13. the Narrator

    I liked the first film best myself, so agreed there. I enjoyed the trilogy, despite its mentioned flaws. Good rating, and review, @dan1.

    3 years agoby @narratorFlag

  14. ejk1

    I love Blue Harvest, and Something Dark Side had some great moments, but even though I haven't seen it yet, by all accounts It's a Trap is junk. Oh well, no everything is perfect. But I will say this: Robot Chicken's Star Wars episodes are much funnier. The last one was freaking hilarious. Excellent review, @dan1.

    3 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  15. skywise

    @dan1 ROFL one of my fav sequences from Its a Trap.

    3 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  16. Dan

    @skywise Oh! keettie keettie keettie!

    3 years agoby @dan1Flag

  17. skywise

    @dan1 well you get a thumbs up from me for the excellent work and i love the format you chose to write it in.

    I am not a Family Guy junkie but i loved every single one of the Star Wars episodes....even the silly phoned in jokes. Some of those were hillarious.

    "no..no..jabba no hear..."

    3 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  18. Chris

    @dan1 Great review I'm definitely gonna have to watch this whole trilogy since I have only seen 1 and 2

    3 years agoby @unknown21Flag

  19. Dan

    @daveactor7 Thanks, Dave :)

    3 years agoby @dan1Flag

  20. Daveactor7

    lmaooo yeah good review exact rating id give it.
    I felt it wasnt THAT funny but still it was a pretty good parody not to mention far better then any of the parodies out there so far.

    3 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  21. Dan

    @moviegeek Thanks. This took forever to write, and I had to go get the box to look up some specifications. Whew. Hope I get some comments and thumbs from it :)

    3 years agoby @dan1Flag

  22. moviegeek

    I havent watched these spoofs, but I may sometime. I like the format for DVD reviews heh. Nice work supes

    3 years agoby @moviegeekFlag