'Family Guy' Movie Is Impossible to Do on TV Says Seth MacFarlane

The Oscar host also announced The Oscar Experience Contest Search where college students can win a chance to hand out Oscar statuettes.
Seth MacFarlane reveals Family Guy movie plans
Seth MacFarlane reveals Family Guy movie plans
Family Guy creator and Oscar host Seth MacFarlane made an appearance at UCLA Wednesday to speak with film students and announce The Oscar Experience College Search contest, where college students can win an opportunity to hand out Oscar statuettes at the 85th Annual Academy Awards. During the Q&A session, the multi-hyphenate revealed he has a story in place for a Family Guy.

"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 plot line. 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 would not divulge what the story will be, but it seems plans are fully in place. The only question now is when this will be arriving on the big screen. Take a look at the full press release for Seth MacFarlane's The Oscar Experience College Search contest below.

mtvU, MTV's 24-hour college network, today announced that comedian, writer, producer and this year's host of the Oscars, Seth MacFarlane, is the newest guest professor on the network's ongoing, Emmy-nominated "Stand In" series. mtvU followed MacFarlane as he travelled to the University of California Los Angeles campus to stun a class full of students during Professor Denise Mann's "Overview of Contemporary Film Industry" course.

During the class, MacFarlane announced "The Oscar Experience College Search" presented by The Academy and mtvU, a national search for the next generation of Oscar hopefuls. College students who are interested in pursuing careers in film - writing, directing, producing, acting and more - are encouraged to vie for an opportunity to appear live onstage to deliver Oscar statuettes to telecast presenters. In addition to appearing on the Oscar show, winners will be flown to Los Angeles and provided hotel accommodations.

Here's what 85th Annual Academy Awards producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron had to say about this opportunity for college students.

"In re-imagining what we want the Oscar show to be, we wanted everyone appearing on that stage to feel a deep commitment to film and its legacy, and most importantly, its future. That was the impetus in creating this special honor for young film students who will inspire a new generation to create the films that will be honored in the future."


The Oscar Experience College Search will be featured on The Academy's Facebook page and will run through January 19, 2013. To enter, college students need to demonstrate they're destined for the Oscars by completing the Academy's entry form and uploading a video answering the question: How will you contribute to the future of movies? The producers of this year's Awards show will ultimately pick a minimum of six winners, who will be flown to Los Angeles to participate in the 85th Annual Academy Awards on Oscar Sunday, February 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center. Here's what Seth MacFarlane had to say about the contest.

"For a film student to go to the Oscars and be a part of presenting is a huge break."


MacFarlane's "Stand In" will premiere on mtvU to more than 750 college campuses nationwide and on-demand at mtvU.com beginning December 10 at 10 a.m. ET/PT.

MacFarlane is the latest cultural luminary to participate in mtvU's "Stand In" series. Each edition of the program features a guest professor teaching a class unique to his or her experience and background. Previous participants include Madonna, Kanye West, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, John Legend, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Russell Simmons, author Tom Wolfe, rapper Nas, Senator John McCain and Sting.

MacFarlane wrote, directed and provided the voice for the title character in the feature film Ted, which has grossed over $500 million worldwide, making it the top-grossing original R-rated comedy of all time. He is an Emmy Award winner and all-around entertainer best known as the creative force behind the television series Family Guy. MacFarlane also serves as executive producer, writer and voice actor on the animated series American Dad, which he co-created, and is currently executive producing Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey, a 13-part series updating Carl Sagan's iconic exploration of the universe as revealed by science.

The Academy Awards episode 61.1, "The 85th Annual Academy Awards" stars Seth MacFarlane and is directed by Don Mischer.



Sources: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Entertainment Weekly

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Comments (15)

  1. Bradfraggle

    Aside maybe from something involving 3D, what could they possibly do that they couldn't be done in one of their television or direct-to-video episodes? There is no plot, story, or subject that you can only do theatrically. Sounds like Seth is full of pretentious B.S.

    1 year agoby @bradfraggleFlag

  2. ROFLitschristian

    He makes a valid point actually. The Simpson's Movie is one of my all-time favorite comedies, and this is coming from someone who's never seen an episode of The Simpsons. But it really could have been broken down into a continuous episode. I hope we get a Family Guy film one day, but for now they're keeping a good pace.

    1 year agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  3. Corey W.

    Ted was awesome.

    1 year agoby @coreyFlag

  4. TheDude1

    @phatalphd Exactly no one really respects MacFarlane. Hell even Kevin Smith thinks MacFarlane is a joke and Smith hasn't done anything good in many years.

    1 year agoby @thedude1Flag

  5. Dan

    I dunno bout everyone else, but I saw their 3 Star Wars parodies as movies.

    1 year agoby @dan1Flag

  6. John M

    I'm a fan of Seth and Family Guy, American Dad and The Cleveland Show, but I don't think this is a good idea. I don't think Family Guy has the mass appeal to turn into a huge hit.

    1 year agoby @john-mFlag

  7. phatalphd

    @thedude1 haha, yeah I was thinking the same thing bout Ted being the family guy movie. It also seems like a lot of comedians in the industry don't really respect mcfarlane either.

    1 year agoby @phatalphdFlag

  8. greyhame

    I'm open to a Family Guy movie, usually show creators don't do movies unless they feel they've got good enough material. Although, I'd prefer to see what another South Park movie would be like. @thedude1 Yeah I didn't find Ted as funny as I would've liked to, I expect fart jokes in PG movies, but in R rated and more adult themed film shouldn't have any room for fart jokes as well as other silly things in that movie.

    1 year agoby @greyhame27Flag

  9. Monkeyiron 2.0

    Makes sense considering that i want to see over-the-top comedy

    1 year agoby @monkeyiron2-0Flag

  10. TheDude1

    They already made a Family Guy movie. It was called Ted. And it sucked big time. Just like the most recent seasons of Family Guy.

    1 year agoby @thedude1Flag

  11. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    I don't care

    1 year agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  12. phatalphd

    yeah family guy got old quick. Ill stick to South Park. Least that show has some meaning behind it. Like he said in the article, why make a cartoon movie?

    1 year agoby @phatalphdFlag

  13. Xenon

    the guy is an idiot, family Guy sucks

    1 year agoby @xenon56Flag